Saturday, December 26, 2015

Review: Murder as a Fine Art

Murder as a Fine Art Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. Really wonderfully evocative story about London in the mid 1950s, all the hypocrisy and horror of Victorian England and Empire, murder, mayhem, drug abuse, and a bit of light romance. Plus bombs, literary commentary and figures, early psychological theories, women's fashion and early liberation, political destabilization across Europe, prostitutes, chimney sweeps, the British East India Company's Satanic deal with the British military, prisons, poorhouses, the bare beginnings of modern police work and detectives, bad parenting, bad parentage, how to pretend to be a legless beggar, the first understanding of cholera, and the London parks system.

All this in 350 pages of suspenseful storytelling.

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