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  • Paperback: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; New edition edition (1 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749006382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749006389
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward Marson was born and brought up in South Wales. A full-time writer for over thirty years, he has worked in radio, film, television and the theatre and is a former chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. Prolific and highly successful, he is equally at home writing children's books or literary criticism, plays or biographies.
www.edwardmarston.com

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Rather than exacerbating that winter's gloom, a sudden freezing-over of London's Thames River in 1669 becomes a cause of public delight in Edward Marston's The Frost Fair. "In place of a river, we have the widest street in Europe", exclaims architect Christopher Redmayne, as he observes the myriad merchants and entertainers who've mounted an eccentric celebration on the ice. But this revelry soon cools, after Redmayne and his sober-sided associate, Constable Jonathan Bale, discover a corpse trapped in the glacial crust. The deceased is Jeronimo Maldini, an Italian fencing master who was stabbed with a dagger belonging to none other than Redmayne's foppish, pleasure-seeking elder brother, Henry. Most Londoners, including Bale, are convinced of Henry's guilt, and the accused was too inebriated on the night of the murder to be sure of his own innocence. Christopher, however, is sure, and so sets off to find the real killer. Meanwhile, the designer detective must fend off the amorous advances of a new client and, not insignificantly, prevent Henry's suicide in squalid Newgate Prison.

Like its predecessors in the Redmayne/Bale series, this circuitously plotted work adroitly portrays the alternately respectable and ribald atmosphere of post-Great Fire London. Christopher Redmayne, who labours to restore his city in the shadow of real-life architect Christopher Wren, has matured into a credible sleuth, bedeviled by his sibling but forging a relationship of grudging respect with the puritanical Bale. If the tone of this series isn't quite so jauntily whimsical as that of Marston's better-known Nicholas Bracewell books (The Bawdy Basket, etc:), The Frost Fair nonetheless proves itself a historical mystery with thrills on top of chills. --J Kingston Pierce, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Humor and suspense are cleverly interplayed but the novel's best feature is the reality with which the people and period are brought to life." -- Booklist

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2006
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Edward Marston's books about the architect Christopher Redmayne are well worth reading. The character is now becoming established in his own right. Initially I wanted to compare him with characters in some of Mr. Marston's other excellent offerings, Nicholas Bracewell etc. but now Christopher Redmayne stands out as the architect who not only wants to put his stamp on London after the Great Fire, but is also making quite a name for himself as an amateur sleuth adept at solving some of the many crimes that take place in the great city. To assist him in these matters he has the assistance of his friend, constable Jonathan Bale.

The year is 1669 and winter has come down on the City of London with an iron fist. It is the coldest winter for many years, cold enough to make the great river Thames freeze over. When this event happens the merchants and entertainers make good use of the frozen river by holding a fair on the ice.

However the revelries are soon cut short when Redmayne and the constable discover a corpse trapped in the ice. The dead man is an Italian, a fencing master and he has been stabbed with a weapon belonging to the rakish, pleasure seeking elder brother of Christopher, Henry Redmayne. Everyone, including the constable is convinced that Henry is guilty, but the accused was too drunk to remember what happened. Christopher however is convinced of his brothers innocence and set out to prove it . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HeatherD on 5 Mar. 2014
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Another excellent Redmayne adventure! I am steadily working my way through this series having originally read 'The Painted Lady' as a one off.
I have found all the books so far to be well written and hard to put down. The historical aspects and views of 17th century life are interesting and informative. However murder is murder and every book so far has the basis of a good story, valid in any century.
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This is the 4th in the historical mystery series set in Restoration London, featuring Christopher Redmayne and Jonathan Bale. Redmayne is an engaging and heroic architect of the Cavalier persuasion, while Bale is a dour Cromwellian constable. Following their success in unmasking a plot to kill Charles II in the first book in the series, this particular odd couple are called upon to solve perplexing murders in London. This story is set in December 1669 when during one of the coldest winters, the Thames freezes over and a fair is held on the thick ice. A frozen corpse is discovered and another murder hunt is underway. The books are an undemanding read, with a fine sense of the historical milieu. The plots are capable, if not brilliantly original, while the dialogue can be occasionally somewhat wooden. These books are certainly of interest to anyone who likes in fiction set in the Restoration period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart A. McIntosh on 9 July 2013
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I am loving the Christopher Redmayne series and am a fan of Edward Marston's books having also dipped into the Nicholas Bracewell series. The books give me what I want; a murder mystery that I can pretend to solve with sufficient historical information to transport me out of the here and now back in time, in this series to the Restoration period. This was a good story and a great read but I must mention that the countless spelling and grammatical errors created a distraction that could easily have spoiled the experience. Sad to say that I think this was just a case of OCR failure for the e-book and editors simply not doing their job. I have never encountered as many mistakes in any other book I have read. Hope the next one isn't this bad
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Chandler on 5 Feb. 2014
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I've read them all and and Edward Marston books are an excellent page turning read. Just like all his series they leave you searching for more. You wont be disappointed. If you've enjoyed any of his books you'll love this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin Cornwell on 4 May 2013
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Edward Marston, he writes very readable, enjoyable books on many subjects, all I can say is,
Easy chair, cup of coffee, settle down, ENJOY.
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Very enjoyable after ' The Repentant Rake'. The end seemed a little staged though. As if EM couldn't finish it quick enough.?
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By John Lawson on 27 April 2013
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An enjoyable historical scene that shows a great of research and captures in my opinion the conditions in London that severe winter.Recommended to anyone who likes historical novels. JL
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