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Inspector of the Dead

(Thomas De Quincey #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  2,563 ratings  ·  371 reviews

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
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 24th 2015 by Mulholland Books
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
”In the murderer worthy to be called an artist, there rages some great storm of passion---jealousy, ambition, vengeance, hatred---which creates a hell within him.”
---Thomas De Quincey
“On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth

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I must make a full confession; I read this book and wrote this review without being under the influence of laudanum. There is a possibility, because I read this book completely (well reasonably so) sober, that I may have missed some nuances that may have made perfect sense
" I understand, but as Mr. De Quincey often reminds me, reality is different for different people."

And to view life from behind the eyes of the unbalanced must be a horrifying experience that quivers the mind with every full-out scene. Especially front and center: the unraveling of the controlled to the state of becoming undone.

David Morrell presents his second book in the Thomas De Quincey series. De Quincey and his daughter, Emily, have once again been caught up in a continuous chain of murder
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Before reading, Inspector of the Dead, I had never read a book by David Morrell. I plan to read many more. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this second book in a series (but great as a stand alone) about Thomas De Quincey, a man plagued by an addiction to laudanum during a time when no one knew of such addictions and viewed dependence as a choice. Most looked down on him for his intake of large doses but in truth he needed those doses to function.

Being on such a drug, De Quincey was constantly quest
Jul 07, 2015 rated it liked it

In this 2nd book in the 'Thomas De Quincey' mystery series, the opium eater/detective is on the trail of a murderer who's threatened the Queen. The book can be read as a standalone.


This story takes place in 1850s London, just when England's government is collapsing because of the Crimean War. Bizarre, horrific murders are occurring among London's elite and a message is left at each crime scene that seems to threaten the life of Queen Victoria.

Queen Victoria

It soon becomes clear that the p
Patrice Hoffman
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I found out there would be another book in this series featuring the Opium Eater Thomas De Quincey, his brilliant and beautiful daughter Emily, and their Scotland Yard buddies Ryan and Becker I quickly grovelled and begged for Netgalley to provide me with a copy. Inspector of the Dead begins with the death of a prominent woman in a very public place named Lady Cosgrove. She is found with a note in the her pocket that reads "Young England". This group is known for being against the monarch h ...more
May 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
The story opens on a foggy late night in Victorian London. A mysterious stranger is walking the streets when he is attacked by a begger. The mysterious stranger makes quick work of his attacker, disarming and disabling in one swift movement. He then offers the begger a hefty fee to meet him at an address for the next day. Next scene, mysterious stranger is ringing the doorbell down the street and bashing in the head of the butler who answers the door. This book started out so great! Mystery, sus ...more
Nov 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I was pretty excited about reading David Morrell's Inspector of the Dead. Books one of the Thomas De Quincey series, Murder As A Fine Art, was one of my favorite reads of 2013 and I was eager to dive into its sequel.

Like its predecessor, I quickly fell for the feel and atmosphere of the Morrell's England. The dark and gritty descriptions, paired with Thomas and Emily's unconventional lifestyle make highly entertaining materi
My mother and father need help. My sisters need help. Please help my mother and father and sisters.

These words were spoken by a poor Irish boy running along side Queen Victoria's carriage as she exits Buckingham Palace, but to no avail. All, except the boy, die.

The boy, spurned by Victorian London, is now a man and begins a killing spree seeking to avenge a perceived injustice of the judicial system beginning with a prison administrator, a judge, and each one's respective family. It falls upon
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My favorite historical mystery series and it keeps getting better. Seriously, this series demonstrates how a historical mystery should be done. You drop down a rabbit hole and wander around in the damp dangerous world of Victorian England. The amount of research Mr. Morrell must have done is staggering, yet he weaves the historical elements and the lives of real people seamlessly into a breathtaking mystery thriller without sparing one ounce of tension.

Several times along the way I found myself
Mark Rubinstein
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
David Morrell's sequel to Murder as a Fine Art is a thrilling, high-stakes tale about murder, detective work, social class, and very much more in Victorian London. I found this novel even more compelling than the first one. Someone is killing off the elite in London, and Thomas DeQuincey and his daughter become involved in solving the mystery of who is doing this and why it's being done. In fact, as each murder occurs, it becomes evident that Queen Victoria herself is going to be the ultimate ta ...more
Linette Marie Allen
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Like a perfect wine! I inhaled this mystery in about a week whilst frequenting my favorite coffee shop in London. A star shy of "5 stars" only because of the ending: it felt more like a circus trick and was not believable, in my view. ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell is book two in the Thomas De Quincey mystery series. We were first introduced to De Quincey in Morrell's Murder as a Fine Art and it is with no amount of small pleasure to see him returned to the dark and wet streets of London.

"...My God!' the vicar exclaimed.
Up and back went Lady Cosgrove's head, and now the vicar saw her mouth, but the mouth became wider and deeper-and great heaven, that wasn't Lady Cosgrove's mouth. No mouth was ever that wide and red.
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First off, Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell is pure genius. He is the master of building tension in all the right places. His characters are one of a kind. His plot leaves your heart racing long after putting the book down. Murder. Madness. Dark intrigue. Pure evil. You will not escape it.

After I read this book I could not pick up another book for days! For me that is just unheard of. I had no idea how I was going to write my review for this book. I felt my assessment of the story would pa
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
My co-worker gave this to me saying that she found it by accident and actually really enjoyed it.
I mean, I have read way way worse detectives. This one's not that bad.
As a detective, the main character Thomas De Quincey is kind of odd. I can't say he's the best one and I sure can't say that I was extremely fond of him.
What I can say, is that I enjoyed the trill of the book. It had s few action-packed moments and for that I applaud it.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very exciting, amazing read!! Can't wait for the next one! Can I be best friends with De Quincey and Emily???! Also some really powerful moments! ...more
Review to come.... I broke my finger so review later!
Lynn Williams
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Just finished reading Inspector of the Dead. I did get off to a bit of shaky start with this before I managed to get fully immersed but then it did hold my attention most successfully.

Set during the reign of Queen Victoria Inspector of the Dead is a crime/mystery story with a protagonist consumed with the desire for vengeance. The story is set during the Crimean War with many of the events, dates and places being based on real events.

The story gets off to
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I've been on pins-and-needles for this book, the second historical mystery featuring notorious Victorian author/drug user Thomas DeQuincy, his daughter Emily, and their friends in Scotland Yard. The first book, Murder as a Fine Art , made my Top Ten of 2013.

My impatience was well rewarded; this book has everything I love in a great historical novel: a plot that drives one into Wiki rabbit holes, an intriguing heroine who is unconventional - but grounded in the era - and historical details tha
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
It's not the writing, the form, nor even the plot. But I just don't connect to these characters or this particular time period. Everyone seems either duplicitous, conniving, or with over-whelming habits of melodrama. Too many diva personalities or vapor prone victims become cartoonish, IMHO. And the Victorian asides re protection of women or children sensibilities also get tiring and redundant to read. All combine to keep me from imbedding into the entire scenario. Emily seems buried by her obli ...more
Erin Al-Mehairi
Feb 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What can you really say of David Morrell that isn’t great? He’s a master at all types of suspense and thriller books that he writes, including his newest foray into Victorian England with his Thomas De Quincey historical mysteries. First publishing Murder as a Fine Art in 2013, he’s now back with a sequel called Inspector of the Dead.

Morrell features his mysteries around Thomas De Quincey, known as the Opium-Eater, a man who wrote essays during this era where the dark, cobbled streets of London
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian
Love these.
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
Absolutely AMAZING!!! Love De Quincey, Emily, Ryan and Becker.
Colleen Turner
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
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It has been a while since I've read a good, old-fashioned crime mystery but, having now read Inspector of the Dead, I have the urge to read more and more of them! Thomas De Quincey sets a new high standard for tragic yet brilliant crime solvers and it is his unique perspective, fueled by opium nightmares and a brain that won't stop, that makes him so open to deciphering the criminal mind and motive and guiding his companions, a
Heather C
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I started this book, I honestly couldn’t remember what had happened during Murder as a Fine Art – so I had no idea what to expect from reading this one. The only thing I remembered what that I had really enjoyed the previous book. And guess what, I really enjoyed this one too! I absolutely inhaled this one.

Thomas de Quincey, his daughter, Emily, and Scotland Yard men Ryan and Becker are all back and up to their necks in another murder mystery that is somehow surrounding Queen Victoria. The
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

The second in the Thomas De Quincey series, I liked this book just as much, if not perhaps slightly more, than the first book in the series.

One thing I will say straight off, though, that this is more a suspense-thriller-mystery and less a detective-mystery, and I sort of remember the first being more detective-mystery, so it did me a bit aback. The two detectives, Ryan and Becker, didn't seem nearly as present as in the first story, and even De Quincey's contribution seemed more focused on
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I rarely give 5 stars, but I loved this book!! I picked it from the New Books shelf at my local library, realized it was 2nd in a series, found the 1st book, "Murder is a fine art" loved it, and now have read this book. Morrell immersed himself in research of Victorian England for 2 years before writing these books and it shows. As a reader, I felt myself almost part of the book, the atmosphere was so well established. So many historical figures come alive, Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Dr. Joh ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Set in London during the Crimean War, a most unlikely pairing emerges: the opium addict Thomas De Quincey and his daughter along with two detectives from Scotland Yard. Together they seek out an assassin who has marked Queen Victoria as a target, uncovering hints of a far bigger conspiracy.

It's full of incredible details, from the scandalous appearance of Emily's bloomers to the dyes used in clothing and the very behaviour of someone so addicted to opium he is completely unable to stop. Even the
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This second book in the Thomas De Quincey is another unusual treat in the historical mystery/thriller genre. I loved it. It's vivid and chockfull of unusual details about the Victorian era. Highly recommended. ...more
Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-rc-goal
When I finished, I thought (view spoiler). Unexpected story line for the revenger. Quite the Victorian sensation novel with historical references of people and places in that era.

Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in this historical thriller series that's based on true events and people (Thomas de Quincey {author of infamous "confessions of an opium eater"}, Queen Victoria and other government magistrates) I love this series for the great fast-pacing, interesting true tidbits about the time period and the fantastic plot that always leaves me guessing.

This book is about the many attempts on Queen Victoria's life to kill her and the detectives and Thomas de Quincey who figure out the
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David Morrell is a Canadian novelist from Kitchener, Ontario, who has been living in the United States for a number of years. He is best known for his debut 1972 novel First Blood, which would later become a successful film franchise starring Sylvester Stallone. More recently, he has been writing the Captain America comic books limited-series The Chosen.

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