The Fall of the House of Thomas Weir

The Casebook of Johnson and Boswell Vol I

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Pub Date 4 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 3 Jun 2022

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Edinburgh, 1773.
A storm is coming. A storm that will shake the Age of Reason to its very foundations.

When rumours spread of ghouls haunting Edinburgh’s old town, there is only one person who can help. Dr Samuel Johnson: author, lexicographer… and a genius in the occult and supernatural.

With his good friend and companion, James Boswell, Dr Johnson embarks on a quest to unravel the hellish mysteries plaguing the city. But what they uncover is darker and more deadly than they could have ever suspected, an evil conspiracy which threatens not just the people of Edinburgh, but the whole of mankind.

For the tunnels under Edinburgh’s Old Town hide a terrible secret...

Before Holmes & Watson, before Abraham van Helsing, there was Doctor Johnson & James Boswell: scourge of the hidden, supernatural world of the 18th century.

Edinburgh, 1773.
A storm is coming. A storm that will shake the Age of Reason to its very foundations.

When rumours spread of ghouls haunting Edinburgh’s old town, there is only one person who can...

Advance Praise

“A riveting tale of horror, secret societies, and conspiracy… a memorable and satisfying read.”

- Catherine Meyrick, author of The Bridled Tongue

“A riveting tale of horror, secret societies, and conspiracy… a memorable and satisfying read.”

- Catherine Meyrick, author of The Bridled Tongue

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A very interesting thriller really, it was really really good I genuinely devoured this. I love it when authors are able to partner up a good mystery with thriller aspects and that’s exactly what this book had. So I was extremely pleased and content with the outcome of course!

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This is the start of what could be an extremely clever series of supernatural adventure novels. Edinburgh seems to be the go-to place for this kind of thing at the moment. I am particularly thinking of the brilliant Frey and McGray novels by Oscar de Muriel.
It is a neat idea to use two well-known characters as your main protagonists, in James Boswell, Dr Johnson. Not a pair you would usually associate with ghostbusting or suchlike, but it works well. The two are likeable and bounce off one another nicely. Add Boswell's wife to the mix, and you have a formidable trio. She kept them fed and watered and would not let them go out to play till they had eaten, which I thought was quite comical.
I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of old Edinburgh and everything associated with it, including the portrayal of all things eighteenth century.
The narrative was a little slow, to begin with, and it took time for Johnson to actually take things seriously. But then the pace picked up, and so did the excitement. The book also got more mysterious, and the content was darker and bloody. Putting in the extracts from the journals (in italics) was insightful, as it gave the reader extra information about the cases.
The Fall of the House of Thomas Weir is a haunting, atmospheric story. I think this is a series that will definitely improve as it goes along. The research was excellent, but one or two things could have been done with fine-tuning.
All in all, I enjoyed The Fall of the House of Thomas Weir, and I look forward to the next instalment.
Thank you, NetGalley and Burning Chair Ltd, for the ADC of the book.

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This book is everything i wanted and more, it is gothic, dark, chilling and mysterious set in the gloomy Edinburgh of the Georgian era, I felt like i was experiencing it with them through the pages, I was completely immersed in the story.

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Highly entertaining, gripping and creepy. It's a good historical fiction and I hope it's the start of a new series.
I liked what I read and hope to read other books featuring these characters.
The descriptions of Edinburgh are fascinating and the historical background vivid.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

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I am always on the lookout for a story set in Edinburgh, its my favourite city and I am fascinated by the ghost stories of the 'Auld Toon'.

This is a fantastic start to a new series. I obviously loved the setting and the way the city is described. I really enjoyed the characters and I look forward to reading more about Dr Johnson and Mr Boswell (and Mrs Boswell).

Not only was this creepy and atmospheric it was also a fun read, I wonder if the author got a bit carried away, but I really enjoyed it.

I look forward to the next in the series!

Thank you to @netgalley and Burning Chair Ltd for allowing me to review the book.

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What a gem! This book took me completely by surprise. A genre defying historical gothic horror adventure fantasy. With it's very Victorian opening and sedate matter of fact, but highly intelligent narrative I almost felt a little bit like I was going on a mystery with Sherlock Holmes in the beginning (and I guess this could have been a little bit The Hounds of the Baskerville's had the hound really turned out to be a hellhound:)...but from there my friends we leave all polite society behind and descend into a gothic masterpiece filled with monsters, mayhem, and murder, all expertly done by a clever wordsmith and elegant craftsman. **Thank you so so much to both NetGalley and Burning Chair Publishing for an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review!**

Do not be fooled by the mundane here, this is no ordinary historical mystery, but a macabre nightmare full of otherworldly lovecraftian horrors, secret societies and esoteric theologies, and a very fast-paced countdown to the last minute plot. Also excellently executed and told from several different characters POV to give you a better idea of all that is going on here in what starts out as a deceptively benign portrait.

This was a perfectly delivered descent into the chaos of a very real feeling apocalyptic nightmare on the streets of Edinburgh in the Age of Reason. I LOVED it and cannot wait for the next adventure of Johnson and Boswell (the parts told from Boswell's wife POV in this one were particularly harrowing, and when I first realized nothing was going to go as planned in this story).

Even though I was granted the eARC of this, I still ordered it in physical form the day I started it knowing it was going to be a keeper, I also short listed it into my store. Highly recommend for fans of intelligent and imaginative historical fiction, especially for those who love a good dose of classic or gothic horror, or those who are looking for a little something different.

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The Fall of the House of Thomas Weir is a historical mystery and the first book in a new series by Andrew Neil MacLeod. Released 4th July 2021 by Burning Chair, it's 246 pages and is available in paperback and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is currently included in the KU subscription library to borrow and read for free.

Historical mysteries woven around a framework of real history and featuring real historical characters are one of my very favourite subgenres. This one features Dr. Samuel Johnson and friend Scottish diarist and attorney James Boswell against shadowy secret organisations, skullduggery, administrative corruption, and the forces of evil. The story is fictionalized but written around a real historical framework and intertwined so skillfully that it's not always easy to tell where real history shades over into fiction.

The denouement and resolution are well done and satisfying. There is a *strong* horror element and I would personally place it in that genre first, and historical mystery second. Readers looking for a nice Georgian costume mystery will be getting more than they bargain for. There are many scenes of graphic gore and horror. It was honestly much scarier and more graphic than I was comfortably equipped to handle. It is very well written and plotted however, and the author clearly knows his craft.

It's the first book in a series, so it works very well as an introductory stand-alone.

High quality historical horror mystery. Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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It took me a while to get into this book and I was very confused by what was happening in it until about halfway through the book. I have never read a book quite like this before and enjoyed it thoroughly. It was very well written and I think anyone who loves books that make you think.

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Good stuff!
Quite a few things tick off the boxes for me: historic fiction, Scotland (it takes place in Edinburgh), element of dark fantasy, I even sense a little bit of Anne Rice influence (I might be wrong but I do feel a slight echo from Vampire Chronicles).
Well paced, well researched book with a twist.
Also, it seems it's the first in the series, so I am now looking forward to the second one!

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Historical fiction mixed with misery and thriller! What more could I want! The gloomy setting is everything! Highly recommend!

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I genuinely loved this book and already got myself a copy. The characters are amazingly written, and fun to follow throughout the story. The secret societies are a new touch. It starts slow, but once it picks up it is worth the wait. An intriguing read!

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