Here we go.  It’s time for the latest literary blog hop and have I got a treat for you!

When they are well done, I really admire modern works based on classic originals.  When an author can produce a whole series of them, then I’m doubly impressed.

Roger N Morris has reinvented Dostoevsky’s detective Porfiry Petrovich and written a 4-part series.  I devoured and reviewed them all.   My favourite was Book 2,  A Vengeful Longing,  and I’m offering you a chance to read it.  I don’t believe you need to have read Book 1 to enjoy this.

Here’s the blurb:

It’s the middle of a hot, dusty St Petersburg summer in the late 1860s.  A doctor’s wife and son die suddenly  – and in excruciating pain.  The doctor is arrested, suspected of poisoning.  As investigator Porfiry Petrovich concedes, in such cases the obvious solution turns out to be the correct solution.  And in the city’s stifling, stinking atmosphere, even he lacks the energy to look any deeper.

But when further, apparently unconnected, murders occur, something like a pattern seems to emerge.  Porfiry is forced to reassess his assumptions and follow a tenuous, uncertain trail that takes him into the hidden, squalid heart of the city and brings him face to face with incomprehensible horror and cruelty.

I’m going to twin this with a book by Morris’s muse – a copy of Dostoevsky’s Notes From Underground (which may or may not be the actual inspiration for A Vengeful Longing).  It doesn’t get much more literary than that!

Competition is open worldwide and the result will be announced sometime on February 23rd.

There are some 50 blogs participating in this hop.  Please pop along and see what else is on offer.

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Curiosity Killed The Bookworm
  3. Lit Endeavors
  4. The Book Whisperer
  5. Rikki’s Teleidoscope
  6. 2606 Books and Counting
  7. The Parrish Lantern
  8. Sam Still Reading
  9. Bookworm with a view
  10. Breieninpeking (Dutch readers)
  11. Seaside Book Nook
  12. Elle Lit (US)
  13. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  14. Tell Me A Story
  15. Living, Learning, and Loving Life (US)
  16. Book’d Out
  17. Uniflame Creates
  18. bibliosue
  19. Roof Beam Reader
  20. Misprinted Pages
  21. Mevrouw Kinderboek (Dutch readers)
  22. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  23. Indie Reader Houston
  24. Book Clutter
  25. I Am A Reader, Not A Writer (US)
  26. Lizzy’s Literary Life
  27. Sweeping Me
  28. Caribousmom (US)
  29. Minding Spot (US)
  1. Curled Up With a Good Book and a Cup of Tea
  2. The Book Diva’s Reads
  3. The Blue Bookcase
  4. write meg! (US)
  5. Devouring Texts
  6. Thirty Creative Studio (US)
  7. The Book Stop
  8. Dolce Bellezza (US)
  9. Chocolate and Croissants
  10. Reflections from the Hinterland (N. America)
  11. De Boekblogger (Europe, Dutch readers)
  12. Readerbuzz
  13. Must Read Faster (N. America)
  14. Burgandy Ice @ Colorimetry
  15. Ephemeral Digest
  16. Scattered Figments (UK)
  17. Bibliophile By the Sea
  18. The Blog of Litwits (US)
  19. Kate Austin (N. America)
  20. Alice Anderson (US)
  21. Always Cooking up Something