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A Head for Murder (An Elizabethan Murder Mystery) by [Tonkin, Peter]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 974 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press (22 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HHH74ZS
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I thought this book was absolutely amazing! I just love reading stories from this era and I have to say I would rate Peter Tonkin in the same category as Paul Doherty his writing style is fluid and exciting, I was so involved with the story that I could almost imagine myself in the midst of the action. I am currently reading The Point of Death (the previous book written in the series) and I am just as excited about it as I am about this one. All I can say is please hurry with the third instalment!
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London, Midsummer 1594. You can smell the odours of the streets, hear the rushing of the Thames under London Bridge, get lost in the narrow passages underneath the overhanging houses, and, from the minute this story opens with the rescuing of a beautiful (but already bespoken) damsel from the rioting apprentices playing football through the streets with an inflated pig's bladder, and the sudden replacement of that bladder with a human head, that of a woman with glorious red hair, there's no slowing of the pace right through to the end. All aspects of life in Elizabethan London, the ongoing political concerns, international relations, clothing, customs, blend naturally into the story; it's as thought the author was living there, and just took all aspects of that life as everyday occurrences, not things that had to be deliberately introduced to provide atmosphere.

Although the first I've read, this is clearly not the first in the series of books about Tom Musgrave, and I've every intention of buying more. They're not pretty historical romances, they're hard-hitting stories of the dangers of the times interspersed with humour, friendship, brutality, and double-dealing politics. Highly recommended!
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This is a murder mystery (or rather a series of murders) set in the time of Elizabeth 1, which makes it interesting. The main protagonist (or sleuth) is a sort of cross between Sherlock Holmes and James Bond. The historical research into the life and times of the people during this period seems pretty impressive to me, and everything rang 'true'. The language used both for the narrative and dialogue was, I thought, a very good modern-day interpretation of how people would have spoken at the time, which sounded 'right', although I assume it was deliberately watered down, or else it would have been unintelligible to most of us.

What was difficult about it was keeping up with the twists and turns of the plot. With so many characters involved, I kept losing track of who was who, whether they were goodies or baddies, if they'd once been good and were now bad, and vice versa. If I read it all over again it would probably become clearer! This is the reason for the 4 stars only. But I'm sure it would appeal to most whodunnit readers, many of whom no doubt would understand it all right from the start.
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Peter Tonkin's books take a bit of getting into as they are written in an idiosyncratic style with a strong nod to 16th century literature. However, they take you into the period successfully and the sights, smells and squalor of London come to life vividly. It is worth persevering to experience a rollicking tale of assassins, spies, bawds and sleuths.
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Good Beach reading. Interesting that PF Chisholm seems to have taken these books as the basis for her Robert Carey Novels. I greatly enjoyed those and the stories are not in anyway linked. But some of the character are the same and described in similar ways. Many of the character are fabrications of real historical characters. However the fabrication aspects seem to have run along similar lines. Chisholm has more humour and has done original research. They are both entertaining reads.
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Rarely am I hooked by sequel books and characters but Peter Tonkin achieves it brilliantly with Master Musgrave et al. Brilliant story, plot, intricate descriptions truly bring the period alive. Roll on the next book.
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I tried very hard to get through this story, however the characters were so confusing I lost track of who was who, and in the end really couldn't care less. The writing style is so descriptive it detracts from the plot. There are paragraphs describing sword fights in such minute detail it is clear the author knows a great deal about fencing, but that doesn't help the story flow and I found it unnecessary. I abandoned the tale not far from the end, just couldn't struggle anymore.
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I normally love historical crrime and mystery novels whatever the period. I bought this one of the basis of the other reviews but I couldn't even finish the first chapter because of the author's writing style - it was just too over-descriptive. Sorry, but this really put me off and I will not be reading any more by this author.
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