Summon Up The Blood

London, 1914. A killer is at liberty in the dark alleys of the city. His victims have one thing in common: all the blood has been drained from their bodies. Who could do such a thing – and why would he want his victims’ blood?

As the killer’s reign of terror continues, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn of Scotland Yard’s Special Crimes department realizes that, in order to catch his prey, he must enter the mind of a truly twisted individual and learn to think like the killer himself.

His search will take him through London’s squalid back streets, seedy Soho clubs and louche aristocratic watering holes, focusing finally on the members of an exclusive gentleman’s club …

What the critics say

“… this superior whodunit”

Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Mesmerizing, repellent, bizarre, intelligent, dark, provocative… utterly fascinating…”

Booklist, starred review

“An engrossing and disquieting Sherlockian entry.”

Library Journal, starred review

“… his sense of the historical moment is strong”


“… a fascinating example of historical crime fiction at its best featuring a complex new detective, Silas Quinn and set in a pivotal era in world history.”

Crime Scraps Blog

“RN Morris has written a chilling and convincing murder mystery with an impeccably researched historical background… Silas Quinn’s London of Spring 1914, blithely ignorant of the horrors that were to begin later in the year, is hypnotic and addictive.”

Fully Booked Blog

“I am guilty of loving this book. It’s atmospheric, moody, intriguing and not your stereotypical detective.”

Bobs and Books

“I read this book in one sitting, the pace was spot on… If you like your thrillers dark and historical you will enjoy this… twisted, creepy and gory and best read at night!”