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A Fever of the Blood is a Frey and McGray and it's book 2.  I felt that it wasn't as good as the first book but it was interesting enough about witches and curses and madness and asylums all in 1800's Edinburgh and some of the action takes place in England near Pendle Hill on which took the place of the now famous witch trials.

 

The pair chase Lord Ardglass from the Edinburgh asylum that McGray's sister is in to the aforementioned Pendle Hill. Along the way they get involved in physical violence and with witches.  I guessed the end so it's not that mysterious but it's a good caper and well written and it also got me thinking, which is always a good thing - apparently eye of newt and toe of frog is witches code for different, secret, ingredients and their language has never been written down only passed down.

 

I would still recommend it.

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