Thomas and Emily De Quincey

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254 ratings

Murder as a Fine Art Publisher's Summary

Gaslit London is brought to its knees in David Morriell's brilliant historical thriller.

Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London 43 years earlier.

The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts". Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter, Emily, and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.

In Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but never forgotten.

©2013 David Morrell (P)2013 Hachette Audio
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  • Book 1

    • Murder as a Fine Art

    • By: David Morrell
    • Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
    • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 670
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 628
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 632

    Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir "Confessions of an English Opium-Eater", is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London 43 years earlier. The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts". Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter, Emily, and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Historical Fact + Fiction = Gothic Mystery

    • By Amy on 07-16-13

    Regular price: $22.80

  • Book 2

    • Inspector of the Dead

    • By: David Morrell
    • Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
    • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 414
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 387
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 387

    The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A plot that left be breathless.

    • By jerelyn on 04-25-15

    Regular price: $29.65

  • Book 3

    • Ruler of the Night

    • Thomas and Emily De Quincey, Book 3
    • By: David Morrell
    • Narrated by: Neil Dickson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 170
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    In Ruler of the Night, listeners feel they're actually on the harrowing fogbound streets of 1855 London as the brilliant opium-eater Thomas De Quincey and his irrepressible daughter, Emily, confront their most ruthless adversary. The stakes couldn't be greater: both the heart of Victorian society and De Quincey's tormented soul.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not nearly as enjoyable as the first two

    • By Chana Goanna on 01-12-17

    Regular price: $29.65