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Brilliantly Enthralling... Through To Its Perfectly Satisfying Climax.

Ruler of the Night is set in Victorian England during the Crimean War in 1855. A respected gentleman is brutally murdered on a passenger train, creating a frenzy of fear among travelers embarking on this new mode of transportation. In the adjacent compartment are Thomas De Quincey, a brilliant author famous for writing about his addiction to opiates, and his twenty-two-year-old daughter, Emily, who serves as his caregiver. Together with two Scotland Yard detectives, they seek to solve the murder but become immersed in a much deeper plot involving the Prime Minister, members of London’s high society, a German doctor accused of killing Czar Nicholas of Russia, and a water-cure clinic on the outskirts of London that panders to the wealthy. Morrell’s extensive research into the life and times of Thomas De Quincey brings this unusual man and his feisty daughter to life. De Quincey uses logic and clues in ways not common to police of the time, and his daughter’s knowledge of medicine gives them additional insights. Morrell vividly portrays the oddities and attitudes of the period, transporting readers to smoky Victorian London with all its grit, smells, and discomforts alongside the haughty opulence of its upper class.

~Rosemary Fifield (TopShelf Reviews)

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