Review of the Novel Murder by the Book

Murder by the Book is a crimes series written in 1839, telling humiliating story about Queen Victoria. Is the lurid murder spur the assassination attempt on Queen Victoria?

When Leonard Bast finds that collapsed shelf, an idea occurred to him – books could be used as a tool of to kill people. Will such novel inspire or provide some ideas about murder? Mark David Chapman was arrested for murder while The Cather in the Rye is in his hands. It is doubt that Ted Kaczynski and Unabomber were spurred by The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad. Many authors of crime serious got involved in accusations or death penalties for inspiring copycat crimes. After all, motivation is a complex matter. This kind of stories emerges from time to time and crimes incurred by such novels are nothing new.

It is in May 1840 When Lord William Russell was dead on bed in his home in London. He lived in Mayfair, a high-caliber community. One day, he was founded dead while his throat was cut and it almost severed with his body. Such horrid news travelled fast among public, causing panic of many rich people. Most people could not accept that an inoffensive widower was murdered in such a horrible manner. When police engaged in searching the case and find the culprit, contemporary authors was criticized for writing novels of such genres.

A good-looking lawyer Ainsworth is a layer from Manchester and pursue his literature dream in London. For the sake of novel Rookwood, he won great reputation in 1834. The novel Rookwood features a highwayman Dick Turpin. Dickens admire his great success, so he become a bosom friend of Ainsworth and John Forster. Several years later, Jack Sheppard won greater success for his novel based on real life. At that time, many people would like to purchase pirated editions of books so that they could enjoy the novel. Even the novel has been taken on in the form of pantomime in London for four times. But this time people criticized such writings for fear of inspiring more criminals.

One verdict regarded that the danger of such books are more frightening than other dangers. But some people believe otherwise that the original intention of such books were not to nurture public appetites in thievery, murder and prostitution. One controversial scene in Jack Sheppard’s work is that the protagonist and an accomplice cut the throat of an innocent victim for a screwed burglary. But there is one big difference between novel and real life. The real-murder features characteristics an inside job. All valuable objects were found behind a foot board. So who is the murder, servants, the cook, the maid or the valet? What’s the motivation of the murder, malice, resentment or greed? How to explain the naked body.

Many people gathered around when police are collecting evidences and conducting their investigations. It’s strange that the painter Edwin Landseer suffered a nervous collapse at the same time.


Nick Groom: An Undead Family Tree

In recent years, the vampire figure in films or novels could be found from time to time. It’s an eloquent case the vitality of such creatures. Nick Groom makes a conclusion that we should like them a bit more from the energetic study. It’s grateful that it doesn’t hanging around blood donor banks. On the contrary, Groom call on us to ponder about vampires and contemporary human beings’ condition.

Prior to conduct it, we need to know what we are doing. Groom often complains that vampires have been deviated from political and social problems, and become an archetype, where people need not to concern about something. For example, vampires have become more and more important at the end of the 19th century. Bram Stoker articulated fears involving the vampire’s fighting and biting. However, the fact is that Stoker’s count is form Transylvania, a place near a European locale.

It is probable that the vampires were similar to ailing British aristocracy to a great extent. They found themselves are difficult to keep their vitality in the period of agricultural depression.

That is to say Groom would like to compose a strict genealogy of vampires. So he started from the 18th century. Prior to this, there are numerous tall tales on the bloodsucking creatures. In Serbia, one could find the undead creature with ruddy complexions because of snacking on friends and family; there is also a folklore about the conjugal visit of vampires. After a conjugal visit and nine months later, a baby without skeleton will be given birth. A creature called Vrykolakas was rose from the dead and run around aggressively until some warriors of the island finding decaying corpse and digging out its hearts.

Enlightenment thoughts turned those nasty, ill-smelled roustabouts to vampires. Since the 18th century, scientists, theologians and doctors are all dedicated to collect and compose such terrifying folktales, and try to find reasonable reasons for them. It seems that such stories are imagined by drunk peasants after drinking too much beer. It is also a perfect manner to dump their panic to outsiders. At the same time, Protestants believe it’s useless to disseminate those thoughts.

In spite of possibility and impossibility, only to find that vampires turned to “the stuff of thought” after cultural encounter. It is believed that vampires are connected to many respects of the society, such as medicine, technology and theology, forming a kind of heritage to a certain extent. Some terrible news were diffused to many people. For instance, a boy who had received inoculation against smallpox started to eat the cud. People who received transplanted teeth from dead person were inclined to infect venereal disease from the dead person. The original teeth transplant is dangerous now.

Although human beings’ was limited by digital data, vampires still reminded there were something too slippery and weird to capture or record. To a great extent, related matters and conditions were regarded as something numinous. Nowadays, more and more similar novels are attractive for romantic stories, such as twilight and the like.

Review of Lethal White

Lethal White is the fourth crime series with twists and turns, and tangled emotions. Confronted with devious politicians and dangers of unexpected reputation, an excellent detective’s fourth excursion is full of matters beyond expectation. In the novel, there is a disabled veteran who take the position of a private investigator Cormoran Strike, and a partner Robin Ellacot, who is a person inclined to boast. In the long novel over 600 pages, the book is stuffed with ambitions.

The story happened in the 2012 London Olympics, and it is also the last dangerous of national unity. Whispers of blackmail and deliberately double-dealing are themes of the corridors of power, which is nasty and gothic. The corridors of power feature complicated relationship with the country’s conservative MP. These two leading roles have to walk in the line between parties like corrupt Tories, devious coalition liberals and salvaged proto-Momentum activists.

All chapters are started with a quotation from Rosmersholm, reflecting some problems involving social, morality and other respects. Of course, the novel also stringed by the love lives of two protagonists. In the novel, Strike is a brilliant complex character, also a mix of some contradictions. He takes a role to guide us through the complicated world. A disabled and obese former boxer with one broken leg below the knee takes attentions of readers. At the same time, an ex-military police raised up in the environment of counterculture and his communications with a groupie mother who passed away for overdose also impress most readers with typical and classic behaviors. The ex-policeman is also a lost soul, joining the army for the purpose of searching family. He was an outsider while later knows the belly of the beast.

It seems like that his ability having been described in the novel could prove his comprehensive ability in his occupation. One reality is that many high-profile murders’ case were processed by him, rather than normal work similar to actual private investigators. He owns great reputation but comprised in operations. The real himself is exposed and the author could feel his dilemma as much as possible.

As we all know, Robert Galbraith is the nom de plume of J.K. Rowling, who would like to compose her crime novels incognito until her novel is discovered by a talent scout. Succeeding the long opening line in the book, it is the best part deserved to mention. All characters in the book includes many characters who desired for great reputation or who would like to wait in vain.

Just imagine yourself as a character in the guise of then costumes, matching simple accessories like scarfs, beret hats – a kind of headpiece with retro style. One can enjoy the novel from an interesting angle.

Some may doubt the Galbraith could have been composed novels in a more serious style for she was not the most successful living writer. The novel takes a slow burning plots, the strategy shows admirable restraints. All details hint at some hidden information and create a sense of inertia from time to time.