Death Notes (Phineas Fox #1) by Sarah Rayne

Death Notes (Phineas Fox #1)

"Rayne, is launching a new series here, and if future installments are as gripping and intricately plotted as this one, it could have a long run" Booklist Introducing professional researcher Phineas Fox in the first of a brand-new series of chilling mysteries.Phineas Fox has mixed feelings when he's asked to research the infamous 19th-century violinist Roman Volf for a TV documentary. Hanged for his part in the assassination of Tsar Alexander ...


Details Death Notes (Phineas Fox #1)

TitleDeath Notes (Phineas Fox #1)
ISBN9780727886606
Author
Release DateJan 1st, 2017
PublisherSevern House Publishers
LanguageEnglish
GenreMystery, Music, Historical, Historical Fiction, Cultural, Ireland
Rating

Reviews Death Notes (Phineas Fox #1)

  • Fran
    2017-01-02
    Phineas Fox is a professional researcher with a dwindling bank account. He is offered a hefty fee to investigate and present a well documented TV program on the life of 19th century Russian violinist Roman Volf, a gifted musician who was hanged in St. Petersburg for the assassination of Tzar Alexander ll. Did Roman Volf mastermind the assassination plot or was he a bit player in its implementation? Perhaps the Romanovs wanted a scapegoat? Phin fo...
  • Susan
    2016-11-07
    This is the first of a new series by Sarah Rayne, featuring researcher Phineas Fox. Phineas has recently moved into a new flat and, although not thrilled when he is offered a commission to investigate the life of a nineteenth century murderer, he knows that the money will more than come in handy. The musician, Roman Volf, was hung for murder – accused of being involved in the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881. With a television documen...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2016-11-26
    Did I take for granted that this would be a paranormal mystery because it's a book by Sarah Rayne? Yes, I did! However, it turned out to be quite a good book, despite the absence of paranormal activity. Death Notes is the first book in a new series that stars Phineas Fox a professional researcher who in this book is researching the 19th-century violinist Roman Volf who was hanged for participating in the murder of Tsar Alexander II in 1881. Howev...
  • Sue
    2017-02-12
    Sarah Rayne is now batting 2 for 2 with me. Her new series, featuring professional researcher Phineas Fox, gets off to a good start with Death Notes. Here we have a mystery dating to the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1882 and tendrils that lead to present day West Ireland. Just who was Roman Volf, a noted 19th c. violinist and the alleged assassin? And what, if any, is his connection to the Maxim Volf living a life of virtual solitude in ...
  • Judy Lesley
    2016-09-27
    I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Severn House Publishers.I've read several other novels by Sarah Rayne and enjoyed them so requesting the galley for this first novel in a new series was a definite go from the beginning. There are a lot of story lines going on in this novel, so many in fact that it took the final three chapters to tie them all up. Phineas Fox is the new main character who is the lynchpin of this series and y...
  • Pamela
    2016-09-26
    I wavered on the rating, but decided that I liked this one overall. I like stories that weave past and present. Here, we have Phyn doing research for a TV documentary, which takes him to a small, forgotten village in Ireland. We meet up with an endearing cast of characters, including Tromloy cottage, and both the former and current owner.There are a few different plot lines and we go back and forth in time, but this is done pretty seamlessly. Thr...
  • Annette Gisby
    2017-08-03
    Twists and turns galore and just so well written that I could hardly put it down. I stayed up way too late last night to finish it. I don't think I've ever read a Sarah Rayne book that I have disliked. One of my favourite authors.
  • Patricia
    2016-09-15
    Thank you Netgalley, Severn House and especially Sarah Rayne for this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.Death Notes is classic Sarah Rayne. The past seamlessly interweaves with the present to tell a fantastic story.We're introduced to Phineas Fox as he is asked to research the infamous 19th-century violinist Roman Volf for a TV documentary. Volf was hung for assassinating Tsar Alexander II but Phineas realises quickly that a grave misc...
  • Susan Angela Wallace
    2016-12-18
    Death notes by sarah Rayne is a mystery and thriller and general fiction (adult) read. Phineas Fox has mixed feelings when he’s asked to research the infamous 19th-century violinist Roman Volf for a TV documentary. Hanged for his part in the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881, Volf was a notorious criminal and womaniser, whose glittering talent was undermined by his scandalous private life. However, on uncovering evidence which suggests...
  • Ann
    2016-12-19
    Thanks to the publisher for an advance readers' copy.The writing of this mystery is fine, but with four separate storylines, I found that I didn't care much about any of them very much. Plus, I'm fairly certain that there are two mistakes in logic in the first section (or at least some giant leaps from point A to point Z). After I got caught up in trying to figure those out, I had a hard time taking the rest of the book seriously.
  • Eileen
    2017-02-18
    Really good mystery that kept me guessing until the end.Excellent writer with beautifully descriptive language.I'm going to look for her other books!
  • Laura Andersen
    2017-01-24
    I adore Sarah Rayne's trademark mix of past/present, mysterious people/stories, and survivors of tragedy who maintain a sense of hope. Plus Irish guys :)
  • Gurpreet Sihat
    2017-09-19
    A great start to a new series, can't wait to read more! Check out my review here: http://www.gksihat.com/review-death-n...
  • Lizzie Hayes
    2017-03-03
    Death Notes introduces Phineas Fox, a professional music researcher. When offered a commission researching the life of gifted musician Roman Volf, for a TV documentary, Phineas is unenthusiastic. Despite his agent’s entreaty of ‘Highly Prestigious’ Phineas doesn’t want it. Roman Volf, says Phineas, may have been a gifted musician but he was also a villain, a womanizer, and he was hanged for helping to assassinate a Russian tsar. But the m...
  • Mary Picken
    2017-01-03
    Death Notes is the first in a new series by Sarah Rayne featuring Phineas Fox.Phineas Fox is a music historian and researcher. When a television company asks him to research the life of a famous and charismatic Russian violinist from the late 1800s, he is reluctant to take it on knowing that the violinist in question had been hanged for murder. But Phin has a new flat in an old house to work on and a lot of soundproofing to pay for, so needs must...
  • Breakaway Reviewers
    2016-12-20
    Modern Gothic suspense This novel has a very wide reach spanning around 150 years and two continents. It has all the ingredients for a true Gothic tale; murder, mystery, Catholicism, hatred, cruelty, tragedy, a damaged girl, a damaged man and the bigotry which only flourishes in a small, isolated community.It starts with Phineas Fox being offered the chance to research the life of nineteenth century musical genius Roman Volf, who was hanged for t...
  • Janette Fleming
    2016-09-06
    Sarah Rayne is a master storyteller and this intriguing tale of a famous, charismatic Russian violinist is a perfect example of her work.Violinist Roman Volf’s life was glittering and dramatic, but his private life was scandalous and in 1881 he was executed for his part in the assassination of Tsar Alexander II.Phineas Fox a music researcher is investigating the enigma that is Volf's life, and death, for a proposed TV programme and his discover...
  • Joyce
    2016-12-08
    5 StarsThis is the first book I’ve read by Sarah Rayne. It will not be the last. I truly enjoyed this book. While the coincidences were a little hard to accept, it did not take away from the smoothness of the written words. Well thought out and plotted, the pace was steady and the writing was interesting. A world class violinist is hanged for the murder of the Tsar in 1881 Russia. A researcher is looking to ascertain just what happened in 19th ...
  • Jen
    2016-09-22
    Death Notes by Sarah Rayne is another debut series. From Severn House: Introducing professional researcher Phineas Fox in the first of a brand-new series of chilling mysteries.Phineas Fox has mixed feelings when he’s asked to research the infamous 19th-century violinist Roman Volf for a TV documentary. Hanged for his part in the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881, Volf was a notorious criminal and womaniser, whose glittering talent was ...
  • Hannelore Cheney
    2016-09-16
    The first in the new Phineas Fox series is riveting, spooky and impossible to put down.Past and present interweave perfectly when Phineas starts researching the life of Roman Volf, the famed violinist hanged for the assassination of Tsar Alexander II in 1881. Phin's research suggests Volf might not have had any part in the assassination and he travels to Ireland to delve deeper into the mystery. There we're introduced to Bea, Jessica and Maxim Vo...
  • Helen Carolan
    2016-09-15
    Anew ghostly series from the wonderful Ms Rayne. This one features music historian Phineas Fox. He's on the trail of the decendants of Roman Volf who was excuted in Russia in 1881. He traces them to the west coast of Ireland where he meets Bea.She is living in their old house. Bea is grieving for her husband and daughter who died in a car crash. now there are sinister going's on at her house.Another wonderful read from this author.
  • Sue
    2016-10-11
    I was hoping for a comfortable story in her series about Nell etc but this was the first of a new series. So found the first few chapters a bit confusing but as the plot went on it was good but confusing as set in Ireland but about a Russian. All came together and was overall very good with a contemporary storyline as well as the investigation into the past.
  • Clare
    2016-10-17
    An enjoyable read. I found it a bit confusing at first as there were so many parts to the story but once I got used to who's story I was reading I couldn't put it down. Phineas Fox is going to be an interesting character I think so I look forward to the next instalment.
  • Danielle
    2016-12-23
    3.5 stars
  • Viccy
    2016-11-28
    Not as good as I wanted it to be.