Plague of Sinners, A (Chronicles of Harry Lytle) Paperback – 18 May 2010
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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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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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have all 3 and thoroughly enjoyed them. Highly recommended. If, like me, you enjoy historical novels you will not be disappointed.Published 20 months ago by J. Sargent
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