A GENTLE AXE (Historical-Police Procedural-St. Petersburg, Russia-1866) – G+
Morris, R. N. – 2nd in series
Faber and Faber, 2007- UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780571237845

First Sentence: It was well into the morning when the darkness began to fade.

Porfiry Petrovich Virginsky is an investigating magistrate from the Department of the Investigation of Criminal Causes. In Petrovsky Park in the middle of winter two bodies are found; a dwarf who has been killed by an axe and stuffed in a suitcase, and a man hanging from a tree with the axe in his belt. But Porfiry Petrovich doesn’t believe the picture being presented and is determined to find the killer in spite of his superiors ordering him to close the case.

It’s been many years since I’ve read Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, the book that inspired this series with the protagonist taken from the classic novel. This book does a very good job of taking us to that time and locale. I liked the story and the way Morris takes us along on the investigation and uncovering of clues. I even found I could keep track of the characters. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it.

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