My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Strings of Murder is set in the time of Jack the Ripper, a similarly gruesome murder occurs in Edinburgh and Frey, an out of favour London CID man is sent up there to help investigate. Frey is sent as a deputy to McGray, an eccentric Scot with a tragic past, who has set up a division to investigate supernatural going ons. Frey and McGray do not get on and there’s a lot of throwing insults around, which didn’t quite ring true, considering at least Frey should be the model of a polite Victorian but the insults were quite funny. Anyway, most of the story is well paced and gripping, I did feel that the ending was dragged out a tiny bit too long and the justification for the villain’s actions didn’t quite ring true either but this was a very entertaining start to a series, I will be reading the next one.