- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Sphere; Reprint edition (19 Jan. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751541834
- ISBN-13: 978-0751541830
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Body In The Thames: 6 (Adventures of Thomas Chaloner) Paperback – 19 Jan 2012
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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 the Thames 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)
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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
It’s now June 1664; a delegation from the Netherlands is in London trying to secure peace, but there are those who would welcome war between the two countries, for all sorts of reasons. Chaloner, active during Cromwell’s time in Holland, has memories of the place, and the people. When his former brother-in-law is found dead, Chaloner has to race to try and stop a terrible disaster; but who can he trust?
This is a great series, and I’m really enjoying catching up with the exploits of Thomas Chaloner, a sympathetically-written character. As the stories go on, we find out more about not only the recurring characters such as Chaloner, his friend Thurloe and Hannah, but more about the world in which they live. Historical characters are woven into the fictional narrative with great skill by the author, and the story races along at a great pace. Engaging, interesting and really excellent reads, this is a definitely recommended series.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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You either enjoy historical crime thrillers or you don't; I do like the tale weaved around real past events. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mr. G. J. Dudman
Great product, well described, quickly dispatched. Love this series!Published on 12 Mar. 2015 by readingshark