- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (2 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847444334
- ISBN-13: 978-1847444332
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 4.1 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Murder on High Holborn (Adventures of Thomas Chaloner) Hardcover – 2 Jan 2014
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Gregory solidifies her status as one of the best historical mystery writers around with this suspenseful and atmospheric whodunit...notable for an intricate and surprising plot (Publishers Weekly - starred review)
Another baffling, dangerous and multi-layered case for the Earl of Clarendon's investigator Thomas Chaloner. Cleverly plotted and packed with interesting historical details, this engrossing mystery is an exciting addition to the chronicles of Chaloner's adventures (Good Book Guide)
The ninth adventure for Chaloner sees the Restoration London spy foil a conspiracySee all Product Description
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Thomas is back from his swift departure in the last novel to Russia. As predicted, his ship foundered in the ice and he lost all the jewels and missives from his master, the Earl of Clarendon - which provides Gregory a neat segue into this mystery when we open with the sinking of Admiral Lawson's ship, the 'London', in the Thames.
A temporary triumvirate of Clarendon, Prince Rupert and Spymaster Williamson order Thomas to investigate immediately after he's tasked with finding out who killed Paul Ferrine at Temperance's Gentlemans' Club. The former are concerned only to uncover treasonous plots now England is at war with the Dutch, the latter is trying to restore her club's good name. Unfortunately for Thomas he also has to infiltrate the Fifth Monarchists - who are espousing a Easter Day plot to blow up London - alongside the hugely inept spy William Leving. He does so as a gunpowder expert, replacing the dead previous incumbent of the post. On the plus side it does give him fair excuses to keep missing Hannah's pickled ling pie even if he does "feel like the worst kind of coward".
Into the seedy mix comes John Scott, self-professing Cartographer Royal; Lambe, the court mystic who specializes in both a fierce charisma, parlour tricks, and the help of Alice Fanshaw. A combination that predicts dire events that insidiously come to pass through all-too-human, nefarious deeds.Read more ›
The problem, as ever, appears simple on the surface but Chaloner is soon drawn into a web of intrigue that requires all his intelligencier skills to not only solve but to ensure his own survival. This is book is number nine in the series and as such there is a lot of background that it is assumed you would know; Clarendon's relationship with Chaloner, Clarendon's precarious position within the Stuart court and his relationships with other courtiers, Chaloner's relationship with his wife, the antipathy between Chaloner and other 'professional' intelligence agents and agencies, Chaloner's family history (his Uncle was the Chaloner that signed the warrent for King Charles execution in 1649), Chaloner's relationship with his old boss John Thurloe and the 'Pillars of Hercules' owner Temperance and as all of this background has influences on the plot it is important stuff, that will leave a reader head scratching otherwise. Samuel Pepys makes another appearance albeit in the background and briefly and I wonder if this is for future plot development as we head toward 1666 and the great fire. Another good outing and I look forward to the next installment to see what other plots Gregory can thrust Chaloner into the centre of.
All ends well but i much prefer the same authors Bartholomew series.
But the pace is uneven, the characters are indistinguishable, the plot is confusing, and the writing is pedestrian.
This writer is more of a historian, based on this one book.
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