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Plague of Sinners, A (Chronicles of Harry Lytle) Paperback – 18 May 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: BEAUTIFUL BOOKS (18 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905636911
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905636914
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 627,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Lawrence is the author of The Sweet Smell of Decay. He is British, has travelled all over the world, and now lives with his wife and family in Sydney, Australia.


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This is the second in the Harry Lytle series, about a Londoner in Restoration London in the 1660s - a time when Charles II has returned to the throne, and a London of contrasts between the rich decadent court and the poverty-stricken and desperate poor.

As in the first Harry Lytle story, the sounds, smells and descriptions in this book are outstanding - gruesome and disgusting, but I am convinced very realistic to the place and the times. Through the mystery story runs the story of Harry, Davy Dowling and of course the terrifying Jane. The characters are beautifully presented, the writing is totally enthralling. The story, while complex and at times confusing, builds up to a crescendo and then comes clear to the reader by the end. It's one of those marvellous books that you read hurriedly, devouring the story to find out what happens next, and then will put in the shelves to read again in order to absorb the beauty of the language and the descriptions. I love the last sentences in both the first and the second books; the humour is wry and apt to close off the story.

Highly recommended - already looking forward to the third adventure of Harry and his associates.
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Just like the first book (The Sweet Smell of Decay) this continues the harrowing exploits of Harry Lytle and his partner Davy Dowling. In my view these characters plus that of Lytle's house keeper `Jane the terrible' really make this series the best of the bunch as far 1700 century and medieval murder mysteries go. Totally absorbing, terrifyingly graphic in period detail and yet Harry's pathos and kindness show through. Loved it!
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I really enjoyed the first Harry Lytle book. "The Sweet Smell of Decay" and was looking forward to this coming out. I was not dissapointed. It is a real page-turner. I loved it. I think it would make a great film! Hurry up with the next book please Mr Lawrence!
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I thought this book was so good (the second by the author) that I immediately got the first book which I am now half way through!
I love Harry Lytle and his companion David Dowling the butcher,not sure I would like to buy anything from him though when he describes wiping his hands on his trousers even after dissecting a human corpse!
This is London 1665 and I am equally sure that I wouldn't have liked living there in those times,While the Great Plague is raging all around them they are investigating the murder of Thomas Wharton the Earl of St Albans,the book describes in great detail how people lived at that time and how they dealt with the plague.
The Earl is found naked and hanging from a rope and his head had been set on fire! Lord Arlington orders Harry and Davy to find the killer or killers as most of his other men have left London to escape the plague. Every time Harry comes in contact with someone he watches to see if they are sweating or scratching and wondering if they have the plague! His own servant Jane succombes to it and he takes care of her himself.
Harry and Davy do a fair amount of travelling around London in their investigations and are frequently attacked by various villains in their efforts to find the killer or killers. It was so interesting - to me anyway to read about how they spoke and what they ate and how they lived in those times and how they attempted to deal with the plague. I hope the author Paul Lawrence writes another book very soon as I really like Harry and Davy!
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It's 1665, and a venomous plague ravages the townships outside the walls of London. As if avoiding deadly pestilence isn't enough adversity, the Earl of St. Albans has been murdered. Clerk Harry Lytle, some eighteen months into his acceptance by the intelligence service, is charged with solving the crime - much to the dismay of his housekeeper, Jane, a fiery redhead not known for holding her tongue. Jane would much prefer fleeing in advance of the plague as so many others have done. But Harry's misplaced loyalties and ambition force her to endure the risk of falling ill and having the tell-tale cross painted in red on their door.

But, what motive exists for the Earl's dastardly murder? Aligned - though not by choice - with the pious butcher, Davy Dowling, Harry sets out to the discover the why and who of the murder, and it doesn't take long for the pursuing duo to become the pursued.

Bodies and baddies abound in this action-packed tromp through historical England as Mr. Lawrence takes the reader on a journey of deception, surprising courage and a faith Harry Lytle would readily deny. Historical fiction is not my read of choice, but I found Lawrence's characters likeable, frightening, repulsive, and fascinating. The author's attention to period dress and vernacular add charming authenticity to his novel. His meticulous visuals run the gamut of the once majestic Vintner's Hall, rising from the landscape like a Greek temple, to the ill-maintained Bedlam lunatic asylum, creaking death carts, wretched plague pits, and the seedier waterfront taverns.

With elaborate twists and turns, and accumulative murders most foul, Paul Lawrence weaves a tale that keeps the reader intrigued and guessing to the novel's end.
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