CAN'T-WAIT WEDNESDAY: I Can't Wait for The Darker Arts by Oscar de Muriel

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. Find out more here.

Last week I binge read the first four books of Oscar de Muriel's exciting and often amusing Victorian mystery series featuring two detectives, Adolphus McGray (a Scotsman obsessed with all things supernatural) and Ian Frey (a sceptical Englishman). After the exciting and sad conclusion to the fourth book, I'm now eagerly awaiting the release of the next.


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...

Expected Release Date: August 8th, 2019
Format: Print and ebook
Genre: Historical Mystery, Victorian


  1. Why have I not seem this series??? Running off to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Goodreads recommended it to me. I'm glad they did!

  2. Ooh! This book looks interesting! Great pick!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog