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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Densly Packed, 24 Dec. 2009
This review is from: The Street Philosopher (Hardcover)
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The events of this story are packed around the Crimean War and the subsequent threads that have been pulled apart in Manchester and London. A less than glorious period in British Victorian times. The author Matthew Plampin conveys the period extremely well and in a way that is not overly heavy - a slight worry given that he is a lecturer on the subject.

We have murder we have lust, avarice and of course some typical Victorian military characters. Were there any good officers? It almost seems not and perhaps one can put that at the foot of Bernard Cornwall. However that said Matthew Plampin is not the same and the more famous writer and to be fair he adds much more historical depth and knowledge. His writing style is easy to get to grips with but does not treat you like an airport casual reader. He is much better than that.

If you are a fan of the Victorian period this will appeal. He evokes the imagery and the times evocatively and I was drawn into the London and Manchester city life almost as if I was there.

Overall I'd say Matthew Plampin comes across as a heavyweight writer of historical fiction and better than most.
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