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Title:
Death in St James's Park
Author:
Gregory, Susanna, author.
Personal Author:
Edition:
Paperback edition.
Publication Information:
London Sphere, 2013.

©2013.
Physical Description:
454 pages : map ; 20 cm.
Summary:
Five years after Charles II's triumphant return to London there is growing mistrust of his extravagant court and of corruption among his officials - and when a cart laden with gunpowder explodes outside the General Letter Office, it is immediately clear that such an act is more than an expression of outrage at the inefficiency of the postal service.As intelligencer to the Lord Chamberlain, Thomas Chaloner cannot understand why a man of known incompetence is put in charge of investigating the attack while he is diverted to make enquiries about the poisoning of birds in the King's aviary in St James's Park. He becomes even more suspicious of his employer's motives when he discovers that the witnesses he needs to interview have close links to the business conducted in the General Letter Office, activities more firmly centred on intercepting people's mail than delivering it. Then human rather than avian victims are poisoned, and Chaloner knows he has to ignore his master's instructions and use his own considerable wits to defeat an enemy whose deadly tentacles reach into the very heart of the government: an enemy who has the power and expertise to destroy anyone who stands in the way. . .
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780751544336
Format :
Book

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Five years after Charles II's triumphant return to London there is growing mistrust of his extravagant court and of corruption among his officials - and when a cart laden with gunpowder explodes outside the General Letter Office, it is immediately clear that such an act is more than an expression of outrage at the inefficiency of the postal service.

As intelligencer to the Lord Chamberlain, Thomas Chaloner cannot understand why a man of known incompetence is put in charge of investigating the attack while he is diverted to make enquiries about the poisoning of birds in the King's aviary in St James's Park. Then human rather than avian victims are poisoned, and Chaloner knows he has to ignore his master's instructions and use his own considerable wits to defeat an enemy whose deadly tentacles reach into the very heart of the government: an enemy who has the power and expertise to destroy anyone who stands in the way ...


Author Notes

Susanna Gregory was a police officer in Leeds before taking up an academic career. She has served as an environmental consultant, worked seventeen field seasons in the polar regions, and has taught comparative anatomy and biological anthropology.

She is the creator of the Matthew Bartholomew series of mysteries set in medieval Cambridge and the Thomas Chaloner adventures in Restoration London, and now lives in Wales with her husband, who is also a writer.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Gregory has never been better than in this stellar eighth novel featuring 17th-century spy Thomas Chaloner (after The Piccadilly Plot). Chaloner is on the outs with his boss, the Earl of Clarendon, who serves the crown as Lord Chancellor; the earl, mourning the loss of his son, has appointed someone else to perform his duties. With rumors of endemic corruption in the Post Office and heightened political tension roiling the capital, Chaloner is shunted away from the main action and assigned to investigate the killing of the King's birds in St James's Park. The animals were poisoned by an extremely potent toxin and the intelligencer's probe ends up overlapping with areas out of his jurisdiction. Things heat up after the alert secret agent notices an abandoned cart full of valuable wood near the Post Office, and manages to shout a warning moments before it explodes-saving many lives, and adding another mystery for him to solve. Intrigue, detection, and action are blended perfectly with plot elements drawn from historical details that make the era come to life. Agent: Euan Thorneycroft A.M. Heath & Company Ltd (U.K.). (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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