Format Hardcover
Publication Date 04/04/17
ISBN 9781681773452
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.4 in / 432

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A Fever of the Blood

A Novel

Oscar de Muriel

This riveting new detective novel evokes a spellbinding concoction of crime, history, and horror—perfect for fans of Arthur Conan Doyle and P.D. James.

New Year's Day, 1889.

In Edinburgh's lunatic asylum, a patient escapes as a nurse lays dying. Leading the manhunt are legendary local Detective 'Nine-Nails' McGray and Londoner-in-exile Inspector Ian Frey.

Before the murder, the suspect was heard in whispered conversation with a fellow patient—a girl who had been mute for years. What made her suddenly break her silence? And why won't she talk again? Could the rumours about black magic be more than superstition?

McGray and Frey track a devious psychopath far beyond their jurisdiction, through the worst blizzard in living memory, into the shadow of Pendle Hill—home of the Lancashire witches—where unimaginable danger awaits.

Oscar de Muriel was born in Mexico City. He is a violinist, translator, chemist, and writer who lives in Lancashire. This is his first novel.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“A mad romp. ” Marilyn Stasio New York Times Book Review
“Murder, potions, curses, an asylum, a devastating snowstorm, and late-Victorian manners and morals—all figure in de Muriel’s delicious witches’ brew of a mystery. Well-paced and suspenseful. The most impressive aspect of the novel is its detailed, vivid characters, driven by powerful emotions and full of surprises.” Publishers Weekly (starred)
“There''''''''s a clever plot and no shortage of twists and turns, but the colorful characters are what make this novel such a pleasure. More fun than a plateful of haggis: a delightful read.” Kirkus Reviews (starred)
A Fever of the Blood engages on its own merits in steadfast plotting, stock full of characters with hidden motivations all intriguingly connected. A brisk diversion.” Criminal Element
“Readers will be hard-pressed to stop turning pages once the chase begins. Through his characters, the author explores the definition of insanity and its effect on families and society. Victor LaValle’s characters in The Devil in Silver likewise straddle the line between sanity and lunacy, while Alex Grecian’s The Black Country evinces a similar shocking, cold atmosphere.” Booklist