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Avon Street: A Tale of Murder in Victorian Bath (Mystery Press)

Avon Street: A Tale of Murder in Victorian Bath (Mystery Press) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Emanuelli
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Description

One night, one rash act, one crime changed James Daunton's life for ever. Robbed of everything he once had, and trapped in a merciless vendetta, James must now take on Nathaniel Caine and his gang to survive. Alone, he cannot hope to win, but to find allies he needs to learn to trust in a world of betrayal. Each of those who promise help has their own secrets, hidden in silences, half-truths and lies. And asked if it is fate, destiny, or simply chance that brings them together, each of them would have a different answer. Avon Street is an historical adventure story that takes the reader on a journey behind the Georgian facades of the city to expose the darker side of Victorian Bath. It is a book about the potential that lies, often unlocked or unrecognised, in all of us.

About the Author

Paul Emanuelli is a retired Local Government Manager and writer. He studied creative writing at his local further education college and at Bath University. He was a prize winner in the short story competition at the Wells Literary Festival in 2004.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 775 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: The Mystery Press (1 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VOJ3LG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,653 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new author 28 Mar 2012
By Andre
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I found this book a little slow to begin with, but it assumed its own momentum and was eventually difficult to put down. It was an enjoyable read.

The author has clearly carried out a great deal of research and is true to the historical context of Victorian Bath - a fascinating setting.

An excellent first novel - I for one hope that more will come along from this author.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend 21 Jun 2012
Gritty, utterly engaging and thoroughly researched, this historical, crime thriller is influenced by actual events from Bath in 1850. As the author says, `The past makes us who we are,' and his clever adaptation of actual characters and events makes `Avon Street' a novel that I'd highly recommend. I hope Paul Emanuelli reaches the audience that he so deserves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rattling good read 4 May 2012
By John
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I don't know Bath particularly well, but this book certainly made me want to explore some of the historical sites of the town in more detail. The author clearly has an eye for historical detail, but more importantly he created some plausible characters and gave them sufficient depth that I actually started caring about what was going to happen to them at the end. At times it had me thinking of 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists' by Robert Tressels (Sp?) in the way that it used a narrative to make social points (though here it is purely historical).

The book definitely did a good job of conjouring up a Victorian atmosphere - and it managed to create a strong visual image in my mind. I'd be interested to read something else by the author, but maybe set in a different era - it would be good to see how he uses a more contemporary world to make social/economic/political observations.

5 stars - better than a lot of stuff I've read from well established authors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and intriguing 8 July 2012
By Clare
Dark and intriguing, this is a wonderfully evocative tale of the underbelly of Victorian Bath. I love historical fiction and I was completely drawn in to the story and characters. A brilliantly crafted book from a talented new voice in this genre. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 3 April 2012
By P Wolfe
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This was a very enjoyable novel. I read it in a day and a half and found it hard to put down. I found the attention to detail and the setting fascinating and the book has a good plot as well. Would certainly buy a sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 14 Jun 2013
By Anna
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As someone who lives in Bath , it's exciting to imagine all the goings on of Bath at an earlier time in history . Lots of descriptive scenes which really grip the imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History with a human face 10 Mar 2013
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Avon Street is the debut novel of writer Paul Emanuelli. It is set in the city of Bath in 1850 - a city made famous by Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey. The story revolves around James Daunton's attempt to rid the notorious slum area of Avon Street of the malign but terrifyingly powerful Nathaniel Caine and his vicious gang of bullies and criminals. In this he is aided by the Irish Catholic priest Father Brennan and the American John Doyle. Female interest comes in the form of the delightful actress Belle Bennett, her friend Jenny and small daughter Molly.
The book is nicely paced, with enough historical detail to anchor it firmly in the Victorian period, but not so much that it obtrudes into the writing and hinders the reader from enjoying the characters and the pacey story. It is quite clear that much research has been undertaken, and the writer has a secure knowledge of Bath, but he manages to maintain a light touch, suggesting period through the sound of a shop bell, or the etiquette of a Pump Room ball.
As for the story itself, I enjoyed the various unexpected twists and turns - the way that Belle's theatre career seems over, until an unexpected meeting turns her fortunes around, and there were some really heart-stopping moments, such as when James breaks into the ruthless Frank Harcourt's house, only to be trapped in a bedroom when he returns unexpectedly.
Emanuelli manages to maintain the reader's interest to the end - and what an exciting end!
I recommend this book, both for the story,and for the almost spare style of writing. If you want your 'history' served with an expert but not over-lavish hand, Avon Street cannot fail to satisfy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this 29 Oct 2012
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I have just finished reading this - I bought it because my book club is reading it this month. I have really enjoyed it, the characters are believable, there is a good side and a bad side but neither is perfect in its role, making the individuals much easier to feel a connection with and to care about. This isn't a murder mystery as I thought it would be from the title, more a story about the lives of the other side of society to that portrayed in Austen's books of Bath. Being a local resident in the city I obviously found the setting really interesting, but you don't need to know Bath to enjoy this book. The descriptions are lively and bring the scene to life, and make for a real page-turner. I look forward to reading more from this new author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A really thorough book and great read
I really enjoyed reading this book. I felt that it was well written with a very good storyline. Sometimes you can have too much detail but I felt this book offered the right... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Caroline Stafford
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracker
Terrific research and the writing made sure I read it in one go, a good days work. This book is a great way to learn a bit of 1850's social history. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I liked the detail in this story, and the life like characters. Enjoyed the descriptions and the feel of the era.
Published 16 months ago by brenda roberts Brenda Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars It was like the good cowboys with white hats and the baddies wore...
A little predictable but well written characters and a neat plot. Good background descriptions and some contextual information helped with scene setting.
Published 17 months ago by Marilyn Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric
bought it because it was cheap. Read it because it was good. So different to other crime books. Paints an excellent picture of west life Victorian Bath. A good read
Published 17 months ago by pete the neck
5.0 out of 5 stars Avon Street
I will never again see this part of Bath in the same way. I now drive past Avon Street area on a daily basis imagining what it was like in 1850. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Redretroqueen
4.0 out of 5 stars Bedtime reading
Very good storyline. Author had really put a lot of time into researching for this book. Have already recommended to my daughter who is also a bookaholic with a kindle.
Published 18 months ago by margaret evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of the ordinary but excellent
A must for anyone that knows the fair City.
A well crafted tale that keeps the reader's attention until the very end.
Well written and very entertaining.
Published 18 months ago by john stickland
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing novel, well drawn characters
This is a novel about a gang of criminals and extortioners in Bath in 1850 and how their victims try to fight back against them, in the face of indifference or active corruption... Read more
Published 18 months ago by John Hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the bath you know now
A great read and well thought out characters. Absolutely burned through it. It certainly is not the Bath I know now and really takes the sheen off all the upper class period... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sandy Pedro
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