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Repentant Rake, The (Christopher Redmayne Mystery 3) (Christopher Redmayne Mysteries) Paperback – 4 Nov 2010

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby (11 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749008083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749008086
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,909 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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'All the swashbuckling thrills and romantic swagger of blood-and-thunder tragedies' New York Times Review

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The third in this evocative and entertaining series by an author described as 'probably the best of our British writers of historical crime-stories' (Birmingham Post) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Oct. 2002
Format: Paperback
Edward Marston writes with authority and flare about England during the reformation. Set in post Great Fire London, his crime-solving duo of a struggling but definitely upper-crust young architect and down-to earth, puritanical parish watchman, set about finding the murderer of a young, well-born, ne'er-do-well. The hunt for the killer involves those close to the Crown and architect Christopher Redmayne and puritan constable Jonathan Baleman have to enlist the assistance of redmayne's dissolute, courtier brother and his cronies to entrap the villain.
Edward Marston has created, once again, a truly believable version of seventeenth century England and peopled it with solid characters who spring out of the pages of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Edward Marston is the pseudonym of Keith Miles, a fairly prolific and extremely good writer of mainly Elizabethan and medieval mysteries. He has also written mysteries under his own name with both sporting and golf backgrounds. However it is primarily the books that take place earlier in history that I am interested in. He read modern history at Oxford and has had many jobs, including university lecturer, but fortunately for all his readers, he turned to the writing profession.

After reading one of the author's books, I avidly sought out all the other books by Edward Marston and not a single one has ever disappointed me. They are about a period of history that I love. His Elizabethan theatre series of books were wonderful and he has continued them through from 1988 to 2006. The Domesday series is also a great series and this series of books featuring Christopher Redmayne is equally as good.

Christopher Redmayne, a young and talented architect is gaining a reputation, not only for his accomplishments in the designing of houses, a profession much in demand after the Great Fire of London, but with the assistance of his friend constable Jonathan Bales, a likeable man, but one with strong puritanical beliefs, he is also gaining a reputation as a solver of mysteries. In this story Christopher and Jonathan find themselves on the trail of a murderer, a repentant rake. Following their enquiries through the streets of London, they find not only corruption and intrigue, but also have to avoid attempts on their own lives, as they come closer to the truth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Chippindale TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
Edward Marston is the pseudonym of Keith Miles, a fairly prolific and extremely good writer of mainly Elizabethan and medieval mysteries. He has also written mysteries under his own name with both sporting and golf backgrounds. However it is primarily the books that take place earlier in history that I am interested in. He read modern history at Oxford and has had many jobs, including university lecturer, but fortunately for all his readers, he turned to the writing profession.

After reading one of the author's books, I avidly sought out all the other books by Edward Marston and not a single one has ever disappointed me. They are about a period of history that I love. His Elizabethan theatre series of books were wonderful and he has continued them through from 1988 to 2006. The Domesday series is also a great series and this series of books featuring Christopher Redmayne is equally as good.

Christopher Redmayne, a young and talented architect is gaining a reputation, not only for his accomplishments in the designing of houses, a profession much in demand after the Great Fire of London, but with the assistance of his friend constable Jonathan Bales, a likeable man, but one with strong puritanical beliefs, he is also gaining a reputation as a solver of mysteries. In this story Christopher and Jonathan find themselves on the trail of a murderer, a repentant rake. Following their enquiries through the streets of London, they find not only corruption and intrigue, but also have to avoid attempts on their own lives, as they come closer to the truth.
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By Mr. D. L. Rees TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
Panic for some of London's most licentious gadabouts - a blackmailer threatening to expose their deeds. Unless they pay handsomely, they face ruin - not to mention furious revenge from cuckolded husbands. Soon there is a death. Wayward Henry desperately seeks his brother's help.

Another case for architect Christopher Redmayne and Puritan Constable Jonathan Bale....

This novel has perhaps not quite the appeal of the two previous adventures. It starts with a whopping coincidence, which challenges credibility. It also features victims who do not really evoke sympathy - especially as they are bound to be back to their promiscuous ways once the current danger has passed.

Former strengths, though, are still much in evidence. The novel is firmly set soon after the Civil War, Plague, and Great Fire - all having created problems not easily resolved. The Redmayne-Bale partnership continues to work a treat - between them they able to move with ease amongst every class in the land. Particularly enjoyable are Christopher's loyal old servant Jacob, always one step ahead and Jonathan's loving wife, Sarah taking everything in her stride. Volatile Sir Julius Cheever also makes impact.

Some readers by now may be finding Henry increasingly tiresome. Hitherto he has been just about bearable, providing comic interludes. The whinging and selfishness have become a bit much, Christopher a little annoying for so often pandering to him.

Despite reservations, an amiable read.
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