I found this like wading through treacle. The characters didn't come to life, there is little description or originality of phrase. Many stock phrases are used over again, for example on pages 80/81, 'An outline of a man appeared,' is repeated twice. Several characters have 'ruddy complexions' but no personalities. I was expecting something along the lines of C.J. Sansom, but what a let down. Nothing jumps off the page and the whole thing is a dead read that runs more like a report than a work of creative fiction. No colour, no atmosphere, no being unable to put the book down. To add to this, a glaring inaccuracy. The nurse character would not have existed in the way Mr.Easter portrays her. There were no nurses in hospitals at the end of the eighteenth century, only surgeons, those who were tutored by them and some attendants. If this character had found herself helping out in a hospital, she would certainly not have been the kind of girl to have a romantic involvement with. Even 50 years later, nursing was not considered respectable. Hospitals, particularly the Royal London, were charitable organisations for the sick poor, so it is highly improbable that the main character would have received any treatment there from a pretty nurse in a consulting room. No A&E in 1798. Sorry, rubbish. Mr. Easter may very well have been attached to the River Police but I am a nurse and he should either research better or stick to what he knows.