The Mannequin House

“A SORT OF EDWARDIAN DIRTY HARRY” Mike Ripley, Shots Magazine.

“Morris excels at heartbreaking scenes of pain and violence, imbuing a classic whodunit plot with emotion and psychological depth.” Publishers Weekly Starred Review.

“[R]ewardingly abundant in quirky episodes and oddball players still unaccustomed to the early 20th century’s altered mores. Quinn definitely deserves a third outing.” J. Kingston Pierce, Kirkus Reviews Blog.

“A nifty period whodunit packed with flamboyant characters and brisk dialogue” Kirkus Reviews.


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London, 1914. Called out to investigate the murder of a fashion model employed by the House of Blackley, a prestigious Kensington department store, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn of Scotland Yard’s Special Crimes Department is thrown into the bizarre: the chief murder suspect is a monkey. He may be sceptical, but how will Quinn ever get to the truth when faced with the maelstrom of seething jealousy, resentment, forbidden desires and thwarted passion that is the Mannequin House?

It’s been described (by my publisher!) as “a darkly fascinating and intelligent page-turner” and “a must-read for all historical mystery fans”. But don’t take their word for it – download Chaps 1 & 2 by clicking on this link.

The first book in the Silas Quinn series, SUMMON UP THE BLOOD, which was published in April 2012 and received starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, is also available from Severn House.

THE MANNEQUIN HOUSE is published 27 December 2012 in the UK and 1 March 2013 in the US.


Read the story behind the story in The Rap Sheet.

Read the review in Crime Pieces.

Read my article about writing The Mannequin House in Bookbrunch.

Read my article about the inspiration behind the book in CrimeTime.

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