R.N. (Roger) Morris’s latest book is Fortune’s Hand, a novel about Sir Walter Raleigh.
He is also the author of The St. Petersburg Mysteries, a series of novels featuring Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Set in nineteenth century Russia, the novels are A Gentle Axe, A Vengeful Longing, A Razor Wrapped in Silk and The Cleansing Flames.
His more recent books are set in London immediately before the outbreak of the First World War and feature the decidedly unconventional sleuth, Detective Inspector Silas Quinn: Summon Up The Blood, The Mannequin House, The Dark Palace, The Red Hand of Fury, The White Feather Killer and The Music Box Enigma.
A Vengeful Longing was shortlisted 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. It was also picked out by Crime Squad as one of the top ten crime books of 2008. The Cleansing Flames was shortlisted for the 2011 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award.
Besides writing novels, Roger has also collaborated with the composer Ed Hughes on an opera.