Ever wondered the agonies authors suffer as they create their new offerings?  Well, wonder no further ……

Cat notwithstanding, the third in Roger N Morris’s Porfiry Petrovich crime novels will be published on April 1.  You may remember that I raved about the first two here.  So I’m excited.  You can be too because Faber have kindly offered 3 copies to giveaway to UK and European readers. 

Want to know more?  Here’s the blurb.

St Petersburg, 1870.

A child factory worker is mysteriously abducted.  A society beauty is sensationally murdered.

These two very different crimes show up the deep fissures in the Russian society of the late tsarist period.  The former is barely noticed by the authorities.  The latter draws the full investigative might of St Petersburg’s finest, led by magistrate Porfiry Petrovich.

The dead woman had powerful friends, including at least one member of the Romanov family.  When the tsar’s notorious secret police become involved, it seems that both crimes may have a political – not to say revolutionary – aspect, which takes Profiry inside the Winter Palace for a confrontation with the tsar himself.

The usually incisive magistrate grows increasingly unsure what to believe, who to trust and how to proceed.  His very life appears to be in danger, though from whom he can’t be sure.

Vividly portraying the imperioal Russian capital on the brink of upheaval, this richly atmospheric novel builds to a tense and explosive climax.

Or if you prefer something more visual ….

I’m sure this will be a great read.  The second Porfiry Petrovich novel, A Vengeful Longing,  was shortlisted for the CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger. It’s surely only a matter of time before Roger and his cat win it.

Anyway, if you’d like to read A Razor Wrapped in Silk,  put your name (and a recommended crime read, if you can) in comments please.  Random.org will pick the winners next Monday.

I enjoyed the collaboration during the Kader Abdolah interview so much, that I’d like to repeat it with Roger.  Hopefully we  can organise the process in time to interview Roger on the novel’s publication date.