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Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of A Fever of the Blood by Oscar De Muriel, read by Andy Secombe.

New Year's Day, 1889. In Edinburgh's lunatic asylum, a patient escapes as a nurse lies 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....

A Fever of the Blood includes an exclusive interview with the author which is available only to audiobook listeners.

©2016 Oscar de Muriel (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

Critic Reviews

Praise for The Strings of Murder: "This is wonderful. A brilliant, moving, clever, lyrical book - I loved it. Oscar de Muriel is going to be a name to watch." (Manda Scott)
"One of the best debuts so far this year - a brilliant mix of horror, history, and humour. Genuinely riveting with plenty of twists, this will keep you turning the pages. It's clever, occasionally frightening and superbly written - The Strings of Murder is everything you need in a mystery thriller." ( Crime Review)

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  • Cosima
  • 02-21-16

Superb

Would you consider the audio edition of A Fever of the Blood to be better than the print version?

Yes, for me the narration was superb.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Fever of the Blood?

There were many but I liked the part which involved Nettle, it was gentle.

What does Andy Secombe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He was the voice of this book.
I laughed out loud in parts and was chilled in others, but always entertained.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Witches and Tartan Trousers

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This is a ripping yarn, with great action and superb narration.
I loved his first book and this one did not disappoint. `i cannot wait for the next one.

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  • ALP
  • 05-09-16

An excellent follow up to The Strings of Murder

This book was my first ever Audible pre-order following my love for the first book in the series, "The Strings of Murder". This book carries on the story of McGray & Frey, leaving Scotland to follow the trail of a group of Witches.

While not perfect (there was a bit of a lull in the 3rd quarter) I was again impressed at the authors ability to blend humour with serious mystery without rendering the whole thing a bit silly.

A brilliant effort for the second book in a series, but also only the authors second novel - I look forward to the third!

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  • Louise
  • 05-05-17

Excellent with a surprise bonus

Love these stories, the dry wit and engaging characters will keep me coming back. Keep listening at the end as there's a lovely interview with the author, a really nice surprise

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  • DEBORAH
  • 04-21-17

Brilliant

Excellent book! Funny scary brilliant ! I loved it I love the characters Frey and Nine nails are an
Amazing twosome. I've already bought the third instalment. Narration is first class. I'd Definitely recommend.

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  • Busy bee
  • 04-09-17

The accent

Well paced story, narrator has a great voice UNTIL the Scottish accent. Not the worst but grates on a genuine scot's ears after an hour. Aren't there decent Scottish narrators/actors who could do this?

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  • J Whitfield
  • 07-26-17

A very good 2nd story

Having absolutely loved the first installment I already had the 2nd book waiting for me in my library.
These characters are extremely well written and the banter between them is a joy to listen to.
I must admit the story did lapse a little in the middle but the narration from Andy Secombe kept things going.
The finale was exceptional and kept me riveted until the last word was spoken.
Thoroughly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-20-17

Good sequel

Enjoyable listen with great animation again. The main character Fray is not a nice person so that can be difficult at times but overall I enjoyed it as the story was engaging. It got more engaging as it went on

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  • mollyeyre
  • 04-19-17

Not so enjoyable as first in series

I didn't enjoy this book as much as I did the first in the series, The banter between the two detectives seemed more barbed and unkind, and the story was a bit meandering.

Andy Secombe narrates well.

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  • Black Dogs
  • 04-17-16

Another Excellent Story

This is another excellent book in the McGray/Frey series. What I like most is the relationship between these two, the way they play off each other's opposite characteristics, and the humour that comes out of this. Also, they are both sympathetically portrayed, and humour can quickly turn to poignancy.
Oh, and the story is very good too!

I would advise people to listen to the audiobook rather than reading it, because the narrator is brilliant and brings it all to life with his mastery of the characters and their different accents.

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  • Roberta
  • 03-03-18

Great Series!

Most enjoyable and well written/researched. I like these books Immensely. They have great lead characters and excellent storylines. I can’t wait for book 4 but need to listen to book 3 first!