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The Point of Death (An Elizabethan Murder Mystery) by [Tonkin, Peter]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1035 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (26 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GXDAN0U
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,674 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The first in the Tom Musgrave series, and, by using a series of dates and incidents between 1587 and 1594, the author has very cleverly introduced us to the principal characters, their backgrounds, and how they met, at the same time as setting the long-term scene for the mystery to follow. It's only when you get to the end that you realize just how well planned the whole novel is. The book starts in the middle of a battle, with a cipher and an exploding wall, and the pace never really slackens. There are murders, gruesome poisonings, dastardly deeds, threats of torture and the rack, clever street fights, the Stews of Southwark and so much more! The detailed action of the main plot begins during the first ever performance of 'Romeo and Juliet', and William Shakespeare takes on his other, often-speculated-upon, role as a spy, even while he's playing several roles on stage and writing the next play for the theatre. The real hero, however, is Tom Musgrave, Master of Defence and, helpfully, Master of Logic, a man who has loyal friends with their own, equally valuable, skills. Several real historical persons have parts to play in this tale, and the story itself contains many references to literary works which would have been more familiar to them than to the average modern reader, but they are explained simply, and the pace of the novel is so rapid that it really doesn't matter if you don't recognize them. What is a fascinating bonus is the weaponry used, where the rapier is a new weapon, where Spanish sword blades are being replaced (by those who can afford them) by German Solingen steel, and the gunsmith is so ahead of things as to be able to arm Tom Musgrave with a revolver, rather than the standard pistol.Read more ›
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I have read another of Tonkin's books in the past, The Coffin Ship, and enjoyed it very much so was very happy to find this title. I think I preferred this one ever so slightly, the characters are great and Tonkin manages to cover many aspects of Elizabethan society from the rich, aristocratic men of court to the playwright in his theatre. It is very well-written and kept me hooked until the very last page. A must read for any crimefic fans!
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I really enjoyed this novel. Set in Elizabethan London when Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is first performed on stage, the cleverly woven web of rivalry and intrigue seems to have spread to its audience when one of the cast ends up dead. I liked the use of Romeo and Juliet lines as intrinsic to the murder as it was something new and different. The novel moved along at a quick pace, was easy to read and highly enjoyable. Would definitely recommend.
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I didn't take to this book at all. I love the Matthew Shardlake novels by CJ Sansom and was interested in reading another mystery set in the 16th century, but I'm afraid there is no comparison. I found the plot confusing and riddled with inconsistencies, the female lead totally unconvincing as an Elizabethan lady, and the interminable descriptions of sword fights which go on for pages just plain boring. The inclusion of Shakespeare as a codebreaker cum spy could have been fascinating, but it isn't .
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This is the first novel I have read by Peter Tonkin and I'm afraid I did not find his writing style at all to my taste. His extensive use of overblown narrative results in vast paragraphs of description which are at best uninteresting, if not downright tedious.
The storyline is scholarly, but lacks a compelling climax.
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Unfortunately it is full of unnecessary descriptive narrative which gets a bit boring and confusing at times. Having read this first book of Tonkins Elizabethan murder mysteries I am disappointed and will not read any more
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Do not read very often .But this book really grabs my attention. A must read . You want to keep turning the next page. Also a time in history i like to read about. That is why i give it a 5 star rating.
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The fine details in this book reflect the author's depth and breadth of research. Layer upon layer of political intrigue, combined with the social mores, foods, fashions and weaponry of the day, make for an absorbing read.
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