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Title:
The Piccadilly plot
Author:
Gregory, Susanna, 1958-
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Edition:
Paperback edition.
Publication Information:
London : Sphere, 2012.
Physical Description:
485 pages : map ; 20 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780751544282
Format :
Book

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Summary

Thomas Chaloner is relieved to be summoned back to London. His master, the Earl of Clarendon, has sent him to Tangier to investigate a case of corruption. Chaloner will be glad to be home, to be reunited with his new wife, but the trivial reason for his recall exasperates him - the theft of material from the construction site of Clarendon's embarrassingly sumptuous new house just north of Piccadilly.

Within hours of his return, Chaloner considers these thefts even more paltry as he is thrust into extra investigations involving threats of assassination, a stolen corpse and a scheme to frame the Queen for treason. Yet there are connections from them all which thread through the unfinished Clarendon House...


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 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 at juggling multiple plots than in her superior seventh historical featuring spy and sleuth Thomas Chaloner (after 2011's The Body in the Thames). In 1664, Chaloner returns to London from a mission to Tangier, where he was sent disguised as a diplomat to look into suspected cost overruns. His boss, the earl of Clarendon, now wants him to look into another matter-the theft of building materials from the nobleman's new mansion. That case proves to be but the first of many Chaloner must tackle simultaneously, the most serious of which pertains to allegations that the queen has ordered the murder of Clarendon's architect. A close second is the intelligencer's search for the truth behind a massacre of 500 English troops at the hands of the Moors earlier that year. Crystal-clear prose and deliberate pacing ensure that the reader can follow the twisted trails to the truth as well as Chaloner can. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


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