Monday, November 18, 2013
Murder as a Fine Art
Morrell's book takes place in the mid-19th Century, and he slips lots of historical facts about life, mores and politics in Victorian England, the evolving methodology of the relatively new police force, and the darker side of British rule in India, its pursuit of the opium trade and covert efforts to destabilize Europe.
The fascinating Thomas de Quincey, author of Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, plays a considerable role in the book. The most interesting character is his daughter Emily, a thoroughly modern woman of the time.
The mystery takes a number of dark psychological turns and is fascinating in and of itself, but the historical background is what made this book so appealing to me. Give it a read if you want something light and entertaining.