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Book Review: Oscar De Muriel The Strings Of Murder




Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Country
United Kingdom 
Writers
Oscar De Muriel 
Publisher

Sub Genre
Historical 
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Plot Summary
The Strings Of Murder is a standalone novel by author Oscar De Muriel.  The Met is busy suffering the fallout from the failure to catch Jack The Ripper and a new regime is being ushered in.  Inspector Frey is having a bad day and is not only fired as part of the reorganisation but his fiance dumps him as well.  Then to top it of he is requested by his former superior and the Prime Minister to head off to the much hated Scotland to investigate a case that has the hallmarks of the Jack the Ripper killing which the bosses want solved quickly to avoid panic.





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My Review
This was billed as a sort Jonathan Creek style novel and there are elements of that too it although it doesn't really fully go down that route as the locked room mystery that we are presented with at the beginning is fairly and easily quickly solved.  That said the investigation into the various different murders and the murder weapon of choice was delightfully and originally done.

It was also an enjoyable historically set murder mystery in which the two main characters, of chalk and cheese type, actually are the standout parts of this book.  Inspector Frey is your more by the book English upercrust detective with McKay the Scottish bellicose detective who has set up a department investigating the goolish and ghostly and crimes that have strange leanings.

It is not surprising it takes this route given its links to Jack the Ripper and is certainly a new take on this oft trod path.

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