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Book lover living in North West Wales, but originally from Birmingham. Enjoys politics, folklore, history, sci-fi, fantasy, etc.

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The Devil and the Dark Water (Paperback, Raven Books) 5 stars

Devilishly good historical murder mystery

5 stars

A devil run amok on a ship filled with some of the worst rogues around - what's not to love? This was a real pleasure to read, mixing murder mystery, historical fiction, fantasy, and a touch of horror. Stuart Turton didn't get bogged down with a hundred pages of character introductions before the story gets started. Instead this starts with a bang, finishes with a bang, and is full of bangs throughout, all while making you love, loathe, and constantly question the motives of his varied cast of characters. I'm excited for what he writes next. Highly recommended.

The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Paperback, 2009, Penguin Books) 4 stars

Edgar Allan Poe is not only the finest, most terrifying writer of Gothic horror tales …

Fascinating read

4 stars

I had never read any of Poe's short stories until now, but having done so, I can understand the influence that he has had on so much subsequent fiction, and not only on horror.

With a few exceptions, the stories here were gripping and often horrifying, showing the enduring power of his gothic writing. In 'The Tell-Tale Heart', 'Berenice' and 'William Wilson', he manages to show moral decay, obsession and madness in a way which can be disturbing to read even now.

Though he may best be known for his gothic horror, it is important to recognise the influence of 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' and 'The Purloined Letter', which may have invented the detective story as we know it. They were an enjoyable and intriguing read, even if they were not as well developed as later detective stories like those of Sherlock Holmes.

While some of the stories …