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The Silversmith's Wife [Kindle Edition]

Sophia Tobin
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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'The Silversmith's Wife is a self-assured, page-turning debut which leaves you guessing until the last - a great read' Daily Mail

'A novel that depends as much on its depiction of character as its evocation of place and time as on the unravelling of a mystery' Sunday Times

'Tobin creates an intriguing ensemble of individuals, all of whom find their lives dramatically changed by the killing. A sophisticated study of character as much as a crime thriller, it pulls readers into its vivid re-creation of Georgian London and the complex skein of events that surrounds the murder' BBC History

'This deftly woven novel combines the cold intrigue of a murder mystery with a lightness of touch for character and place. Richly evocative of 18th century London. Far from a simple whodunit, this is a psychologically piercing historical thriller that unfolds with a subtly ruminative pace, as it delves into the dark shadows of the human psyche' --The Lady

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A rich, intricate and beautifully told story of murder, love and buried secrets, perfect for fans of Tracy Chevalier

The year is 1792 and it's winter in Berkeley Square. As the city sleeps, the night-watchman keeps a cautious eye over the streets, and another eye in the back doors of the great and the good. Then one fateful night he comes across the body of Pierre Renard, the eponymous silversmith, lying dead, his throat cut and his valuables missing.

It could be common theft, committed by one of the many villains who stalk the square, but as news of the murder spreads, it soon becomes clear that Renard had more than a few enemies, all with their own secrets to hide.

At the centre of this web is Mary, the silversmith's wife. Ostensibly theirs was an excellent pairing, but behind closed doors their relationship was a dark and at times sadistic one and when we meet her, Mary is withdrawn and weak, haunted by her past and near-mad with guilt. Will she attain the redemption she seeks and what, exactly, does she need redemption for…? Rich, intricate and beautifully told, this is a story of murder, love and buried secrets.

Praise for The Silversmith's Wife:

'A dense, intricate historical thriller centering around the murder of a silversmith - in the tradition of Iain Pears' An Instance of the Fingerpost and Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall' Sophie Hannah

'A novel that depends as much on its depiction of character as its evocation of place and time as on the unravelling of a mystery' Nick Rennison's Choice, Sunday Times

'Self-assured, page-turning debut which leaves you guessing until the last - a GREAT read' Daily Mail

'A sophisticated study of character as much as a crime thriller…it pulls the reader into its vivid re-creation of Georgian London' BBC History Magazine

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 501 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (16 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0WBQEA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,914 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Murder Novel 4 Mar 2014
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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On a winter night in 1792, a night-watchman stands in Berkeley Square. At Edward Rigby's feet lies the body of Pierre Reynard, a respected Silversmith. His throat cut and his pockets empty, it seems a robbery gone wrong. The victim kept a diary that links the proceedings into a more complex story. Reynard had many enemies. His wife, Mary and Digby are pivotal to the narrative. Mary states that her husband was a stranger when she married him and a stranger when he died. The author spins a story that is interesting and keeps the reader attentive. It is somewhat pedestrian at times, but the lead up to the circumstances and identity of the murderer maintains an entertaining read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 10 Feb 2014
By HJH
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I was really excited to read this book but was disappointed that it didn't grip me as I thought it would. It was still an ok read but I was expecting to be hooked by this story but found it wasn't as exciting as reviews lead me to believe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars promising new writer 23 Feb 2014
By jean
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This was an enjoyable read and the writer clearly has promise. I thought some first book efforts showed through in some "artsy" sentences that while setting the scene were sometimes just too much and too studied and sometimes jumped around and left me dangling for a bit to figure out what was going on. However, I thought there was a great period feel that I appreciated. I have not stumbled across equivalent period books before and perhaps should look harder I will definitely check and see if this writer produces a second book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting 19 Jun 2014
By Lady Jo
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If you like English 16th century London historical novels, you will love this book, takes you into the dark world of life on the streets and behind closed doors, but if like me you are no good at reading any book with too many complicated character names, you may find yourself getting a bit lost and needing to re read pages to get the gist.
overall a great read and most enjoyable
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning debut 28 Feb 2014
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I loved this book. It was atmospheric, beautifully written and kept me entirely enthralled throughout. Definitely one of the best debuts I have read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed the book, but not as much as I thought I would, given the blurb and reviews. Like another reviewer, I found the issue of "voice" difficult. Who are the main characters with whom we are meant to identify? From whose point of view is the story being told? I thought it was Mary's, but then there was a lot about Joanna, and others.....also their personalities seemed to shift about (is Mary a suffering soul or a bit of a disturbed, cold fish, as implied after her second marriage?). The writing was good, though not compelling and slow in places. I got to the end, mainly because I wanted to find out who killed Pierre (not much of a surprise), and whether Mary lived happily ever after. As a first novel, certainly readable, and I would read another of hers - maybe some of the issues here and identified in other reviews will be addressed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Passes the time 22 Feb 2014
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To be fair, the book is interesting enough to keep a reader turning the pages, or flipping the screen. It portrays its historical context fairly well without shouting; 'hey look what I researched!', a pitfall for many authors of historical novels,and hits upon an interesting storyline set within a specialism which is appealing, that of the silversmithing trade in eighteenth century London. The sense of place and time is maintained quite well and the author is laudably restrained in not 'overdoing' it.

Ultimately, however, the book has two key shortcomings. The first is that the author straddles the genres of historical romance and detective novel, and never quite manages to synthesize the two successfully. This is evident in the careful building of characters who turn out to be largely irrelevant to either the murder, the romance, or the decision making of the main protagonists. The second is the issue of 'voice', which shifts throughout the novel for no particular reason that I can discern. The inner lives and personal histories of many of the characters are explored, sometimes without a clear objective, which prevents the reader from identifying with any of them in any meaningful sense. The identity and motives of the murderer are unconvincing, and left this reader with the impression of having read a really strong draft that needed further discussion and rewrites prior to publication.

So - in all, a mixed bag, lots of promise but never quite delivered is my conclusion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars London life of long ago. 22 Feb 2014
By alan
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I enjoyed this book but became confused at times when new chapters moved characters and locations. Intriguing plot, a mystery to the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A competent effort but slightly predictable whodunnit
Published 2 months ago by mr b johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book
Very moving and a great historical read. Highly recommended.
Published 3 months ago by Rachel
4.0 out of 5 stars Georgian mystery
Not an era that I usually choose. However it was a gripping read.
The storyline was excellent and the historic accuracy extremely good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by christine teanby
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This is an excellent novel. VERY well written. Draws you in an gives an in-site into the 18 century behind the backdrop of Silversmith trade and murder mystery! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Callum Laing
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story of 18th century London
An fascinating and varied cast of characters set in the 1790s, concerning the unfortunate end of a silversmith, the ramifications of his death and the reactions of those associated... Read more
Published 7 months ago by MR M B JONES
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
An engrossing story, well written and kept my attention right to the end. Vividly brings the period and people to life and invites comparisons with the way we live physically,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Desdemona
3.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and rich in historical detail
With this debut novel we are transported back to 18th century London, and in particular to Berkeley Square and Bond Street. Read more
Published 8 months ago by EssexReader
4.0 out of 5 stars Overlong
I thought it was a bit slow . The story could have been shorter and lost nothing.in the telling of the story.
Published 8 months ago by Maureen Girard
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent storytelling!!
I love the way the story is woven together from the view of each of the various characters to bring it to great final revelation of the guilty one(s). Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tim Roberts
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