Melodie Muses On A Very Old Bull & Other Animals

Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel
Published in
3 min readJul 31, 2022

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Image: Gaertringen, Pixabay

Perilaus II by Mark P Henderson is a psychological crime drama that will whisk you along into what one reviewer called a psychiatrist’s nightmare. It’s an adult novel and very cleverly constructed as it takes you along with the protagonist, Doug Carmichael, on a nightmare journey where nothing can be quite what it seems to be — or can it?

The Perilaus of the title refers to a bronze bull created by legendary Greek bronze worker Perilaus whose boss Phalaris commissioned it as an instrument of torture. The legend is gruesome.

Book cover reproduced with permission from Fantastic Books Publishing

A stalking cat precedes the arrival of the black cab

Although there are few animals in Perilaus II, the ones that appear seem to signpost trouble. The bronze bull itself hangs over the story ominously throughout.

Near the start of the book, a stalking cat precedes the arrival of the black cab that takes Doug where he really shouldn’t go. It should be an unremarkable incident, but it’s as though the sinister music starts to play in the background.

Another character, Beth, has a cat called Harmony. It avoids Doug but seems to have no reason…

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Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel

An award-winning crime novelist & long-time amateur poultry keeper, who specialised in teaching methods, healthcare & software engineering as an academic.