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A Vengeful Longing by R.N. Morris
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Jan 31, 11

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This is mystery that takes place in St. Petersburg, Russia in the late 1860's. Detective Porfiryh Petrovfich is put in charge of investigating what appears to be the murder of a Doctor's wife and child. It seems a clear cut case but Porfiey and his new assistant, Pavel Virginsky, start looking into less obvious solutions. In their investigations the suspects and murders start to pile up.

Porfiry's superiors are looking for the fast, easy, and obvious solution to clear the murders, but Porfiry keeps digging into the lives of those involved and finds that there may be several possible suspects and different reasons for the murders.

In the sweltering heat and stench of a St. Petersburg summer, Porfiry puts the pieces together and comes up with the murderer, a person totally unexpected.

"A Vengeful Longing" comes after Morris's first book, "The Gentle Axe", which also has Porfiry Petrovfich as its main character.

These novels, although both are good and interesting, probably will not satisfy the true mystery reader. I found that the murderer, especially in "A Vengeful Longing", is so hidden in the story that no set of clues would give the reader an opportunity, or at least a fighting chance, to solve the crime. I feel that few clues are given and that the reader is not introduced to the murderer until they are too far into the book.

This would be a good book for someone who would like a nice read that has a minimum of language and sexual content. It is interesting and does have some good character development and plot.

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