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Ten for the Devil

(A Murder of Crows #1)

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Ten For The Devil is a labyrinthine murder/revenge ride from an idyllic English Village to the industrious shipbuilding port of Saint John, NB (then St. John), in the newly formed country of Canada, over a span of fifty years.

Chief Inspector Michael McLaughlin has believed that his nemesis was dead, but discovers that Seth Shaw is alive and in the very city that Michael an
Paperback, 1, 256 pages
Published August 26th 2013 by DeborahMitton
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Rhoda D'Ettore It is psychological.. not gory. I have seen people give this a "horror" rating.. but it is more of a "omg, how could he do that... how could he kill t…moreIt is psychological.. not gory. I have seen people give this a "horror" rating.. but it is more of a "omg, how could he do that... how could he kill this person... abuse that person.. think that way.. use this person."

If you think scary is a description of a murder, then don't read it. If you think scary is gory with bloody body parts being hacked off.. then READ IT! :) it's awesome.. i read this in one sitting(less)

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J. Kahele
Intriguing read

Historical fiction is not my read of choice but I saw the blurb on this book and it sounded interesting so I picked it up.

This is a story you have to really be engaged with to understand. Skimming through this book will only confuse you as the timeline seems to jump a lot.

I found the characters to be very well crafted, especially Seth. He is very frightening and one of the most disturbing characters I have ever read but in the same sense the most interesting. I don't want to giv
Michael Kroft
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book greatly. It's a very intriguing story, and once I got three quarters the way through, I had to finish the book before putting it down. Without spoiling the story, I will say that one character is so evil that it's jaw dropping shocking. It's very well written and it's certainly a book that I would shelf for reading a second time, and I look forward to reading the next books in the series.

-Michael Kroft, author of On Herring Cove Road.
John Hennessy
Reading many books over the years, I cannot quite recall coming across a stronger representation of evil than the primary antagonist in Ten For The Devil. The story itself is a truly remarkable work in depth and in scope. This is the first book in the series and yet manages to cover a huge amount of time within this one volume.

Reading it back, and actually feeling sorry for Seth, I wondered why he had become so evil? We hear in modern media that the reason killers do what they do can be explaine
Pam Kesterson
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: outlander
Ten For the Devil is an inside glimpse of a narcissistic beast of a man's activities spanned over several decades. In spite of the darkness, this book is poetic in it's writing, has clarity in its wide-range of characters that are well-developed, and is a must-read for historic-fiction fans and horror fans alike.

I read it for the experience of exceptional writing and was not disappointed. Though Michael is the protagonist and Seth is the antagonist, the story is not only about their lives but ho
Deborah Mitton
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-work
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K.A. Krisko
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans, horror fans
The title should give you some clue, although I confess I didn’t really get that until the end. This historical fiction borders on horror, with the main villain’s acts so depraved that I had to take a break partway through. A number of the acts come in quick succession in the middle of the book, increasing their impact both in the mind of the reader and in the world of the book.

The book starts in one time frame, then takes several steps backwards to fill in the history of the main characters and
Nesly Clerge
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The story lunges into the anatomy of murder and revenge. Michael McLaughlin believed that the evil, conniving Seth was dead—it was only a wish. Seth was alive and McLaughlin wanted revenge. The book started out well, Michael and his appetite for Seth Shaw were initially introduced. The author crafted an overabundance of backstories in order to provide substance to the narrative. Unique to Mitton’s novel is a cast of strong characters, and the story is made exhilarating because of it. John (Seth’ ...more
Laura Jones
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
While I would not immediately reach for books in this genre, once I began reading this book, I could not walk away from it. I gather from the writing, however, this author would probably be good at telling a story in any genre; I would certainly grab one of a lighter topic.

The author does a good job in making the characters interesting from the start. It was easy to connect with Michael from the beginning as the author uses a quick flashback to introduce his early childhood. In the following ch
Rhoda D'Ettore
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Kudos Ms. Mitton! Wow. I admit, I am an action/dialogue type of reader. I like to skip the narrations and get right down to the nitty gritty. Because of this, it took me a little bit to get started with this book--but i am so glad i did. The author does an excellent job by submerging us into the 19th century with great descriptions of settings and a diverse pallet of characters. Once the picture is painted and the back story of the characters fleshed out, an incredible suspense/drama unfolds. I ...more
Dean Johnston
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book starts off like a typical crime drama, albeit one set in the 19th Century Maritimes, but quickly develops into much more as the author begins flashing back to several different points in time. Through these flashbacks we are given the riveting back story of the main characters who we have only briefly met in the present. She does an excellent job of teasing the reader with snippets of information that leave you eager to learn more about their significance. A couple of the characters ar ...more
J.B. Trepagnier
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book kind of reminds me of a cross between Victor Hugo and Poe. Without spoiling anything in the plot, if you've read either, you'll see what I mean as you read through it.

The book is not told in linear history and sometimes spends a few chapters going back into the history of the two main characters fathers and grandfathers. It was a little bit of a slow read at first getting through some of the history of grandfathers, but I should have known, since this is not told in linear fashion, tha
Philip Newey
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a series that the author entitles A Murder of Crows. It spans the middle of the nineteenth century, from a village in England to St John in New Brunswick, Canada.

The story opens with Michael McLaughlin, at thirty-one years of age a Chief Inspector with Scotland Yard, in St John on a fateful day. On June 20 1877, much of St John was burned down. Michael is there in pursuit of a criminal called Seth. He has personal reasons for pursuing Seth, as becomes apparent in the ta
Trista Borgwardt
Jun 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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Sarah Stuart
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Michael’s reason for hating his brother summed up in three words, he was conceived, indicates the quality of the writing, and it does not disappoint. Seth, the villain, is the darkest, most appalling, ever, and yet believable. How could he be anything but the man he is when even his father, with such justification, couldn’t beat the evil from his soul? There is no description of this event beyond the order to lift a nightgown and grip a bedpost. “Servants throughout the house could hear the boy’ ...more
Ronel van Tonder
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ten for the Devil is a historical thriller set in an English town. It revolves around the exploits of a man named Seth, who believes everything to belong to him and goes to great lengths to ensure this.

Although the writing was solid, I found the timeline and point of view of the characters to shift too often, sometimes without warning, mid-scene. This was a bit confusing and destroyed the pace of the book. The book spans quite a length of time, which also slowed it down for me.

The character I m
Nadege Nicoll
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ever wanted to live inside a book? Ten for the Devil does just that! The story has got such great scene settings and character descriptions, that the reader is actually in the book. While reading, I could feel the despair of Michael, the tears of Dorothy, the angst of Martha, the love and compassion of Jonathan. I could picture the evil face of Seth and his wicked grin. I can definitely say I was in that story, I lived it, and I loved it. It's got everything: great writing, descriptive scenes to ...more
Nov 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review: Ten For The Devil by Deborah Mitton 5 Stars

A great story that twists and turns, keeping the reader engaged throughout. The inter-relationships between the protagonists are described enough to allow one to build a good understanding of the depths of passion involved but yet still permit the reader to add their own interpretations.

Without wishing to spoil the story you will enjoy the baddie, wicked to the core, and his associates only to eager to please their boss. One builds a good relat
Jan 12, 2015 rated it liked it
This book talks about Seth and how evil people can be. Seth is a killer. This book was very creepy for me. I like it. I really like the characters the author added to this book and the scenes in which she added. This book is very good for horror fans which I love horror books. If you are looking for a good horror book, you should check this one. *This was book was given to by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Rebecca Bryn
Dec 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A psychological thriller at its best. Deborah endows her settings and characters with a depth of rich detail and complexity. The plot dances backwards and forwards, with characters tripping in and out of the dance, keeping the reader up on their toes. As the story is woven, evil stalks the pages, threatening each and every character. An enthralling, gripping read and an unexpected ending. Recommended read.
Angela Mckeen butler
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, page turner from beginning to end. I can't wait for the next book, your left with your heart pounding and wanting to know what happens next.
David Mitchell
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I found this book eminently readable and enjoyed it. as I progressed through the book, I looked forward to my next session and for me, this is the mark of a good tale.
Robert Jr.
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Seth, the villian, is so bad and cunning from the beginning of the book on you read to find out when and what justice will be done to him. Myself I wanted him torn and quartered. The novel is historical fiction that pulls you into the time and place with good descriptions but its strong points are the characters and how they cope with all the bad things that has happened to them becasue of Seth. The ending is not what I expected but does leave one hoping book 2 is released soon. A strong read, n ...more
Tom Benson
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This tale is set in the mid-19th century, a period which lends itself to the heinous crimes depicted.
How so? There are no forensics teams, nor early intervention by fastidious law enforcement. For many, these were dark times when a ‘missing person’ remained missing.
It is not a tale for the faint of heart. There are plenty of characters to like, a few to dislike, several to pity, and one to despise. In every case, the character development was performed effectively.
If I had one nagging concern it
Morton Morelli
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would like to recommend this book to anyone who likes character driven stories.
It is an easy page turner and in my opinion well written.

It started off a little Dickensian and gave the initial impression it may be a little quaint, but I was wrong.
It soon kicks off and gets on with the action. Once it starts it doesn't really stop.

The main baddie of the piece is a great creation.
He is a real nasty piece of work and one of those born bad, types.

I would like to see a prequel, showing more of t
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TMB Book Reviews: 'Ten For The Devil' by Deborah Mitton 1 8 Jun 28, 2014 01:48PM  
Hey there...from Atlantic Canada.

I was born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, on the shore of the Bay of Fundy. Beautiful rocky beaches where I had corn boils and fried hot dogs over a campfire as a kid. The fog when it comes in is so thick you can't see your fingers in front of your eyes. Where most of my neighbours were cousins or married to family. Where I first learned about li

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