After reading and loving this series’ debut, The Strings of Murder (read my review here), I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of the sequel. Amazingly enough, I manage to win myself an unproofed copy from a Goodreads giveaway, meaning I got my hands on it five days before its release. Overjoyed is an understatement!
So, here’s my Goodreads review:
Another absolute hit from Oscar de Muriel and his hapless inspectors Frey and McGray.
After adoring the first in the series (de Muriel’s debut), The Strings of Murder, I was hotly anticipating the release of this one, and so often these books don’t live up to expectations. They simply can’t live up to the imagined pedestal you’ve placed them on. Not so this. I think it’s even better than the first (although, it may just be that the subject matter is closer to my heart).
On the trail of an escaped, murderous lunatic, Frey and McGray find themselves way beyond the Scottish borders, way beyond their jurisdiction, and way beyond their comfort zone. (Still, Frey’s pretty much always outside of his comfort zone with McGray.) They soon find themselves tracked themselves—by witches and their minions, intent on stopping their quest by any means—and hurtling at some speed towards the infamous Pendle Hill.
The relationship between the two mismatched inspectors develops even further, with their constant battle between love and loathing offering even more subtle hilarity and dark humour than the series debut. A Fever in the Blood is another triumph in this paranormal, Victorian gothic series. Think of it as the X-Files on horseback!