The International Crime Book Group: MURDER AS A FINE ART

Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 11:30am

Got a taste for crime and a yen for travel? Like being transported by both crafty plots and exotic locales? Then join our group of armchair detectives for a killer discussion of murder and mayhem that spans the globe.

Housing Works Bookstore is partnering with Mulholland Books to bring you some of the finest in mystery and suspense writing from around the world! Join us in May as we travel to Victorian-era London with Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell.

The ICBG meets once a month in the bookstore's café. It is hosted by Housing Works Bookstore's resident mystery buff Merril Speck. He will provide discussion questions and lead the meeting. The group is open to all who are interested!

More on Murder as a Fine Art: Gaslit London is brought to its knees in David Morrell's brilliant historical thriller. Thomas De Quincey, infamous for his memoir Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, is the major suspect in a series of ferocious mass murders identical to ones that terrorized London forty-three years earlier. The blueprint for the killings seems to be De Quincey's essay "On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts." Desperate to clear his name but crippled by opium addiction, De Quincey is aided by his devoted daughter Emily and a pair of determined Scotland Yard detectives. In Murder as a Fine Art, David Morrell plucks De Quincey, Victorian London, and the Ratcliffe Highway murders from history. Fogbound streets become a battleground between a literary star and a brilliant murderer, whose lives are linked by secrets long buried but not forgotten.

Our thanks to Mulholland Books for generously donating copies of Brother Kemal.

For questions about The International Crime Book Club, please e-mail Merril Speck at

Check out the ICBG page.

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