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The Body In The Thames: 6 (Adventures of Thomas Chaloner) [Kindle Edition]

Susanna Gregory
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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In the dilapidated surroundings of the Savoy hospital, a delegation from the Netherlands has gathered for a final attempt to secure peace between the two nations. Thomas Chaloner, active in Holland during Cromwell's time, knows many of the delegates, including the sister of his late wife.



Then the body of his former brother-in-law is found in the Thames. Chaloner discovers that the dead man has left enigmatic clues to a motivation for his murder. Was he involved in a plot to steal the crown jewels, or did he fall foul of one of the many people in London who are determined that the peace talks will fail?



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Once again, Gregory brings to bear her extraordinary ability to paint a period picture of London in all its grimness and grittiness. Hats off to the lady! (Daily Mail)

The Body in theThames offers an equally fascinating glimpse of a particular time and place, in this case Restoration London. Wonderfully researched, the novel is pungent with historical detail (Irish Times)

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London swelters in a heatwave in the summer of 1664, and in the corridors of power the temperature is equally high as an outbreak of war with the Dutch threatens to become a reality.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1724 KB
  • Print Length: 474 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FN1QII
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Susanna Gregory was a police officer in Leeds before taking up an academic career. She has served as an environmental consultant, doing fieldwork with whales, seals and walruses during seventeen field seasons in the polar regions, and has taught comparative anatomy and biological anthropology.

She is the creator of the Thomas Chaloner series of mysteries set in Restoration London as well as the Matthew Bartholomew books, and now lives in Wales with her husband, who is also a writer.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful sixth offering 20 Jan. 2011
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Crime and mystery are two sub genres that go well together and one of the upper echelon in the historical fiction genre is Susanna Gregory. Here in the sixth book in the Thomas Chaloner series, the mysterious disappearance of a dutch national who also happens to be Thomas Chaloners brother in law sparks a whole new level of intrigue as our tales hero has to fathom the deeper meaning as well as play with politics in this dangerous time of English History.

It's definitely got a cracking set of characters with each being fully rounded even if they're playing a bit part, the dialogue is crisp and the prose is something that works really well for the period to which the piece is set. Back that up with a great sense of pace as well as a wonderful sense of timing and plot twisting and you know that it's a mystery that will keep you glued to the end. Whilst a number of people may worry about jumping in so far into a series, I can state that you can enjoy this title with no prior knowledge of the other books in the series. A sign that the author welcomes all to her world and hopefully you'll get just as much fun out of it as an established fan. Great stuff.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Loyalties 9 Mar. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Thomas Chaloner ventures wearily into post-Commonwealth England once more to keep the buffoonery of the Court and Whitehall safe from the murderous intent of a man known only as Falcon - a master of disguise and a source of overwhelming rife speculation as to his exploits and motives. The Sinon Plot to steal the glass-baubled Crown Jewels is foiled but the fallout from the plot threatens to send the Dutch and English to war, holds most of the nefarious nobles of Charles II's court to blackmail and drives Thomas into no-man's land where all sides think him a traitor.
Not a good day, you might think.
Not necessarily so...we do open with his marriage to Hannah. A joyful occasion literally punctured by a knife in the back of a ex-spy and a storm of hail through St Mary's roof. Matrimony sits uncomfortably with Chaloner. He freely admits he has nothing in common with his effervescent and honourable lady-in-waitng wife yet his desire to keep her safe sees her bundled first to Rev. Thompson's abode, thence to somewhere utterly unknown under Thurloe's watchful eye as Thomas finds himself assualted and running from would-be assassins. Everyone's out to get him: Ruyven, the embitterered Dutchman who lost the hand of Tom's first wife, Aletta, to his rival a decade ago. Spymaster Williamson...as usual whose own incarceration of the Sinon Plotters into Calais - the deepest part of Newgate prison - proves not quite as secure as he believes. Kicke and Nisbett - a couple of petty courtier thieves whom Thomas catches redhanded within the opening few pages stealing from the Court. Downing - Tom's ex-pay master who believes Chaloner is trying to blackmail him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Enough 29 July 2012
Format:Paperback
This is the sixth in Gregory's series set in Restoration London in 1660's featuring investigator Thomas Chaloner, but the first I have read.

Charles the Second's Britain is on the brink of war with the Netherlands and a Dutch delegation has gathered at the Savoy Hospital to try to work out an agreement to avert the conflict.

One of the delegation, Chaloner's former brother-in-law, is found dead in the Thames. At the same time some potentially embarrassing papers have disappeared from the office of Chaloner's employer.

In trying to solve these, and other mysteries, Chaloner find himself involved in a plot to steal the crown jewels, blackmail, theft and murder and caught between factions on both sides who would prefer to see the peace talks fail.

I found the book entertaining enough, well researched and with plenty of historical detail while still providing realistic character's . One the down side I found it difficult to keep track of all the character's, especially in the Dutch delegation, and found the eventual ending a bit of a let down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Chaloner is set to loose more sleep. 28 Feb. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book arrived well on time in the condition quoted plus it was at a good price. I started to read Susanna Gregory's Thomas Chaloner series a couple of years ago and found them to be an excellent read. Based around life in London around the mid 1600's, like in Midsomer, dead bodies turn up on a regular basis and Thomas, a spy for the Earl of Clarendon, follows the clues to find the murderer/s. If you enjoy an historic murder mystery with details of the intrigues about the royal court of the day then this is for you. Some information is often repeated across the series but then you have to cater for anyone just 'dipping in' although it never distracts you from the plot. I find that you get sucked in and want to know the outcome and that's all you want from a good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chalnor is an Established character. 20 Feb. 2012
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This sixth book continues in it's ability to entertain. Chaloner is now a successful character and is along side Mathew Bartholomew a long established character in the authors other series. The novel is well paced and just about the right length.The plot is realistic, and as with the other books in this series, uses actual historical events and people, weaving them into what I consider to be an excellent work of fiction. The authors background as an historian gives the story realism. especially to medicicine ,fashion and what people eat and drink. New to John Chaloner ? Then start at the begining of the series it helps to watch the charaters grow.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A complex plot...
...as usual from Gregory and a large cast of characters make this another interesting tale of Restoration spies. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. G. A. Chesney-Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Every book 5 stars
Published 4 months ago by Meme
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Susanna Gregory
Gripping from start to finish. I recommend anyone to follow the exploits of Thomas Challoner but Body in the Thames but the twist in the tail of this one came as a real shock. Read more
Published 19 months ago by audilady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
These stories include a lot of history and very good plots.. So different from most of the other books around.
Published 19 months ago by Bookworm 44
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Got to love this series as i do her other.

Shame they are so hard to find in the libraries . . .but i wil buy and donate xxx
Published 23 months ago by Eve Barratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
It's great reading a fictional story which is set around true historical facts and people. This book didn't disappoint - a good read.
Published 24 months ago by Mrs. Lynn Reeson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but where is Britain?
I picked this up by chance at the library, and although it seemed a tad on the slow side, once the story developed, it became compulsive reading. Read more
Published on 20 Oct. 2012 by R.M.F.Brown (Author)
4.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Chalonor 6
As usual Susanna Gregory has written a cracking book, well up to her excellent standards. Each one is as good as the previous one.
Published on 14 Mar. 2012 by mrs p m manfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read!
Wow I absolutely loved this book. It is the best yet in the Chaloner series. So well written you can almost smell the filthy atmosphere of Restoration London. Read more
Published on 25 Feb. 2012 by Katie bushell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Body in the Thames
I have read all six Thomas Chaloner's stories and I have to say I really enjoyed this one. The plotline kept me guessing and I was even tempted to read the end pages to find out... Read more
Published on 17 Feb. 2012 by Rachel
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