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Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. Black magic symbols cover the walls. The dead man’s maid swears she heard three musicians playing before the murder.

23257059But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the puzzle makes no sense…

Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult. However, Frey’s new boss – Detective ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray – actually believes in such nonsense.

McGray’s tragic past has driven him to superstition, but even Frey must admit that this case seems beyond reason. And once someone loses all reason, who knows what they will lose next…




I really enjoyed this debut novel set in Victorian Edinburgh. It was very well written enabling me to imagine it all happening as I was reading. I like to read a book with a good pace and although it took a while to get going, when it did take off it kept the momentum.

The two main characters bounced off each other really well as they came from different backgrounds and classes. The descriptions weren’t bogged down in waffle but kept the story going forward without loosing any sense of story. The plot was intriguing and I didn’t guess who the murderer was at all, in fact many times I was caught out by the twists and turns. I definitely want to read the next in the series to see what happens with Frey and Nine Tails.

Thanks to Real Readers for my free advanced review copy.