A Mask of Shadows: Frey & McGray Book 3 (A Case for Frey & McGray) Paperback – 6 Apr 2017
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Praise for Oscar de Muriel (-)
Fun to read and a fast page-turner . . . love and murder - they go together like strawberries and cream (Independent)
A hugely entertaining Victorian mystery (The New York Times)
This is wonderful. A brilliant, moving, clever, lyrical book - I loved it. Oscar de Muriel is going to be a name to watch. (Manda Scott)
One of the best debuts so far this year - a brilliant mix of horror, history, and humour. Genuinely riveting with plenty of twists, this will keep you turning the pages. It's clever, occasionally frightening and superbly written ... Everything you need in a mystery thriller (Crime Review)
This is a fast-paced, well-researched and thoroughly spellbinding read. The mismatched pair is as entertaining as Holmes and Watson at their best, and the supernatural element brings an entertaining twist (The Historical Novel Society)
This is Victorian melodrama at its richest, darkest and most enticing (For Winter Nights)
This entertaining novel combines melodrama with the unhappiness of life backstage (Charlotte Heathcote Sunday Express)
From the Back Cover
1889. The Scottish Play is coming home.
But before the darling couple of London theatre, Henry Irving & Ellen Terry, take their acclaimed Macbeth to the Edinburgh stage terror treads the boards.
A grisly message found smeared across the cobbles in blood, foretelling someone's demise.
As the bloody prophecies continue to appear Edinburgh's own beloved pair - Detective 'Nine-Nails' McGray & Inspector Ian Frey - enter the scene. Frey scoffs at this blatant publicity stunt, while McGray is convinced of supernatural affairs.
As they scrutinise the key players, they discover that Terry, Irving, and his peculiar, preoccupied assistant (one Bram Stoker) all have reasons to kill, or be killed...
But one thing is clear. By occult curse or human hand, death will take bow the night the curtain rises.
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The story centres around an highly anticipated performance of MacBeth and features some very recognisable characters it was great to see included. Oscar de Muriel obviously put lots of research into this book and you can clearly see it, it blends a lot of true history and weaves the fiction in and around it.
Apparently this was going to be the first book which the author wrote for this series but he decided to wait until now to finish and publish it; I'm glad he did so as it has his very refined writing style and it comes together beautifully.
Hard to talk too much about it without spoilers but we really get a good insight into McGray's turbulent family situation and a few new perspectives to the detectives relationship from outsiders. The usual mundane vs supernatural conflicts are all here and it was by far the best book in the series so far.
The action was very exciting and I particularly like the way this author actually gives you enough information to build your own theories without making it too obvious.
On a side note, I know you should never judge a book by its cover but I have to say these are some of the best designed books I have and look great on my bookshelf!
A top read which intelligently blends fact and fiction in a very atmospheric 19th century detective story which blends the supernatural and Victorian police procedural. It's a great book and I would highly recommend getting it!
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