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by Penguin Books, 31 May 2018. ISBN
Where better in 1889 for a Gothic
tale than the Highlands of Scotland!
Inspectors Frey and McGray investigate
the threat to a boy in the remote and barely inhabited misty Loch Maree.
The two detectives stay with the mysterious Koloman family who are the
landowners in that area. The two men are enormously different in
character and behaviour - one crude and foul mouthed and one introspective; one
Scottish and superstitious and the other English and pragmatic.
The story of a man who has apparently been cured of madness by living on a
remote island on the loch resonates with McGray’s own family tragedy.
Deaths abound as the story develops
and they tend to feature darkness, lots of blood and mysterious figures
flirting about. Ghost stories are told to chill the blood further and
ghastly black bats flutter around. This is a robust story spiralling into
greater horrors as things get worse and worse. There is a crazy logic to
the eventual climactic events as the detectives reach a solution.
Jennifer S Palmer
This is the fourth adventure of
Frey and McGray.
Oscar de Muriel was born
in Mexico City, in the building that now houses Ripley’s Believe it or Not
museum. He came to the United Kingdom to complete a PhD in Chemistry, working
as a free-lance translator to complement his earnings. During this time, he
produced a handful of academic papers, and the idea of a spooky whodunit began
to take roots in his head. After several visits to Edinburgh, the city struck him
as the perfect setting for a crime mystery. Currently Oscar divides his time
between the North of England and Mexico City.
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.