Frey and McGray books in order
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It’s the nineteenth century and posh Londoner Ian Percival Frey is transferred to work in Scotland where he meets proud Scot Adolphus ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray, a detective with a penchant for the paranormal. The rest, as they say, is crime fiction history.
Brilliantly mismatched, Frey and McGray embark on a series of investigations into unsolved cases related to the odd and ghostly.
Interweaving the personal lives of the crime-fighting duo, it makes for a compelling series that’s bursting with character and Victorian macabre. Highly recommended if you’re looking for entertaining crime fiction that’s a little off the wall.
Here are the Frey and McGray books in order.
Oscar de Muriel’s Frey and McGray books in order:
The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel
Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense.
Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult. However, Frey’s new boss, Detective ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray, actually believes in such nonsense.
McGray’s tragic past has driven him to superstition, but even Frey must admit that this case seems beyond reason. And once someone loses all reason, who knows what they will lose next…
A Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel
In Edinburgh’s lunatic asylum, a patient escapes as a nurse lays dying. Leading the manhunt are local legend Detective ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray and Londoner-in-exile Inspector Ian Frey.
Before the murder, the suspect was in whispered conversation with a fellow patient – a girl who had been mute for years. What made her suddenly break her silence? And why won’t she talk again now?
McGray drags Frey with him, tracking a devious psychopath far beyond their jurisdiction, through the worst blizzard in living memory, into the shadow of Pendle Hill – home of the Lancashire witches – where unimaginable danger awaits…
A Mask of Shadows by Oscar de Muriel
Idols of the theatre Henry Irving and Ellen Terry are preparing to stage Macbeth in Edinburgh. But long before the actors hit the boards the play-house is hit with horror; the piercing, desolate wail of a banshee and a bloody message smeared on the street.
Legendary Detective ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray and disgraced London sceptic Inspector Ian Frey are to investigate. While McGray flicks through tattered tomes on the supernatural, Frey is convinced the whole thing is just a publicity stunt.
But as the gory messages keep coming one thing is sure; whether by human hand or not, death is coming.
Loch of the Dead by Oscar de Muriel
A 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 a 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 long been a sacred burial ground, but the legends around it will turn out to be much darker than McGray could have ever expected.
The Darker Arts by Oscar de Muriel
Madame Katerina, Detective ‘Nine Nails’ McGray’s most trusted clairvoyant, hosts a séance for three of Edinburgh’s wealthiest families. The following morning everyone is found dead, with Madame Katerina being the only survivor. When questioned she alleges a tormented spirit killed the families for revenge.
McGray, even though he believes her, must find a rational explanation that holds up in court, else Katerina will be sentenced to death. Inspector Ian Frey is summoned to help, which turns out to be difficult as he is still dealing with the loss of his uncle, and has developed a form of post-traumatic stress (not yet identified in the 19th century).
This seems an impossible puzzle. Either something truly supernatural has occurred – or a fiendishly clever plot is covering a killer’s tracks…
The Dance of the Serpents by Oscar de Muriel
December, 1889. There have been many bad days in Edinburgh police’s secret subdivision ‘The Commission for the Elucidation of Unsolved Cases Presumably Related to the Odd and Ghostly’. But today is surely the worst.
Because the exiled English Inspector Ian Frey, and his Scottish boss ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray are summoned to a meeting in the middle of the night with the Prime Minister himself. And he tells them that Queen Victoria – the most powerful person in the world – wants them both dead.
To be pardoned they must embark on a mission so dangerous that they might be saving Her Majesty the job of executing them. Because this case ties together the dark history of the Pendle witches, with the tragic case of McGray own sister, to a conspiracy within the highest office in the land…
There you have it – Oscar de Muriel’s Frey and McGray books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…