Loch of the Dead

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What to expect

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Loch of the Dead by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe.

A mysterious woman pleads for the help of Inspectors Frey and ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray. Her son, illegitimate scion of the Koloman family, has received an anonymous death threat – right after learning he is to inherit the best part of a vast wine-producing estate.

In exchange for their protection, she offers McGray the ultimate cure for his sister who has been locked in an insane asylum after brutally murdering their parents: the miraculous waters that spring in a small island in the remote Loch Maree.

The island has been a sacred burial ground since the time of the druids, but the legends around it will turn out to be much darker than McGray could have expected. Death and increasingly bizarre happenings will intermingle throughout this trip to the Highlands, before Frey and McGray learn a terrible truth.

‘A hugely entertaining Victorian mystery’ New York Times

‘I enjoyed this – properly creepy and Gothic’ Ian Rankin

Critics Review

  • The Strings of Murder is one of the best debuts so far this year – a brilliant mix of horror, history, and humour. Genuinely riveting with plenty of twists, this will keep you turning the pages. It’s clever, occasionally frightening and superbly written – The Strings Of Murder is everything you need in a mystery thriller.

    Crime Review
  • This entertaining novel combines melodrama with the unhappiness of life backstage

    Sunday Express
  • I am addicted to Frey and McGray

    Christopher Fowler, author of the Bryant and May series
  • Fun to read and a fast page-turner . . . love and murder – they go together like strawberries and cream

  • A hugely entertaining Victorian mystery

    The New York Times
  • This is wonderful. A brilliant, moving, clever, lyrical book – I loved it. Oscar de Muriel is going to be a name to watch.

    Manda Scott

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