R.N. Morris

About me

Author of four historical mysteries published by Faber and Faber: A Gentle Axe, A Vengeful Longing, A Razor Wrapped in Silk and The Cleansing Flames. The novels are set in nineteenth century St Petersburg – the St Petersburg of Dostoevsky – and feature Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Crime and Punishment.

A Vengeful Longing was short-listed for the 2008 CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger for best crime novel, runner-up in New York Magazine’s Culture Awards for 2008 in the best thriller category, and Highly Commended for the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Crime Novel Award 2008 (as was A Razor Wrapped in Silk in 2010).

Now working on a new historical crime series set in the turbulent years before the First World War, featuring a new detective, Silas Quinn. The first in the series, Summon Up The Blood, was published in April 2012. The Mannequin House is due December 2012.

From my website

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Thinking about word counts…

My latest novel is turning out to be longer than I ever imagined. My current word count is around 146,000 words. I still haven’t finished and I have no real idea how long the finished book will be. I started to worry that it’s going to be too long, so I…

Taking Longer

It’s weird. I’ve averaged writing more or less a book a year for the last eight years: My first published novel, Taking Comfort, came out in 2006. Then Gentle Axe was published in 2007. Vengeful Longing came out in 2008. Then I had a year without a a book coming…

 
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