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Title:
Murder on High Holborn
Author:
Gregory, Susanna, 1958- , author.
Publication Information:
London : Sphere, 2013.
Physical Description:
440 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Summary:
The ninth adventure for Chaloner sees the Restoration London spy foil a conspiracy. In 1665 England faces war with the Dutch and the capital is awash with rumors of conspiracy and sedition. These are more frenetic than normal because of the recent sinking in the Thames of one of the largest ships in the navy, a disastrous tragedy that could very well have been caused by sabotage. As an experienced investigator, Thomas Chaloner knows that there are very few grains of truth in the shifting sands of the rumor-mill, but the loss of such an important warship and the murder of Paul Ferine, a Groom of the Robes, in a brothel favored by the elite of the Palace of White Hall gives him a whiff of genuine treason.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781847444332
Format :
Book

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In 1665 England is facing war with the Dutch and the capital is awash with rumours of conspiracy and sedition. These are more frenetic than normal because of the recent sinking in the Thames of one of the largest ships in the navy - a disastrous tragedy that could very well have been caused by sabotage.

As an experienced investigator, Thomas Chaloner knows that there are very few grains of truth in the shifting sands of the rumour-mill, but the loss of such an important warship and the murder of Paul Ferine, a Groom of the Robes, in a brothel favoured by the elite of the Palace of White Hall makes him scent a whiff of genuine treason.

As well as investigating the murder, Chaloner is charged with tracking down the leaders of a fanatical sect known as the Fifth Monarchists. He suspects his masters are not particularly concerned by their amateur antics, and that the order for him to infiltrate the group is intended to distract him from uncovering some unsavoury facts about Ferine and his courtly associates.

Then, as he comes to know more about the Fifth Monarchists and their meetings on High Holborn, he discovers a puzzling number of connections - to both Ferine's murder and those involved with the defence of the realm. Connections that he must disentangle before it is too late to save the country ...


Author Notes

Susanna Gregory was a police officer in Leeds before taking up an academic career. She has served as an environmental consultant during 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 as well as the Thomas Chaloner books, and now lives in Wales with her husband, who is also a writer.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

British author Gregory solidifies her status as one of the best historical mystery writers around with this suspenseful and atmospheric whodunit set in 1665 England, the ninth starring intelligencer Thomas Chaloner (after 2013's Murder in St. James's Park). Chaloner, who works for the lord chancellor, has to deal with yet another uprising against the unpopular Charles II-this one by religious fanatics known as the Fifth Monarchists. Meanwhile, spymaster Joseph Williamson asks him to solve the murder of Paul Ferine, who served the king as groom of the robes. Weeks before Ferine was smothered to death in a brothel, he cast a horoscope predicting a "grave misfortune." The devastating, and mysterious, sinking of the flagship HMS London, with the loss of hundreds of lives, raises the stakes in an entry notable for an intricate and surprising plot. Dry humor, especially in exchanges between Chaloner and his spendthrift wife, Hannah, a lousy cook, leaven the grim storyline. Agent: Euan Thorneycroft, A.M. Heath & Company (U.K.). (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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