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The Seeker: A prizewinning historical thriller set in Cromwell's London (Damian Seeker Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Shona Maclean brilliantly evokes the fear and suspicion of the uneasy era that followed the execution of the King, Charles Stuart.
In her capable hands, London itself becomes a character in the novel. Scarred by the civil war, the capital is a brooding, uneasy warren of intrigue and deception, seething with spies, soldiers, exiles and assassins. It’s a place where no-one really knows the business or allegiance of their neighbours, their guests or their lovers. Maclean takes us on a whirlwind tour of the seedy underbelly of the capital and the whispering corridors of the palaces in pursuit of the killer.
It took a little while for Maclean to introduce the half dozen or so characters who were all credible suspects in the murder of John Winter, but it was worth the wait for the action to start. Once Seeker was on the trail of the murderer, I was hooked. Her enigmatic protagonist is a delight, as were all of the characters - especially the women. Each one of the women sought freedom of some kind, and none of them passively accepted their allotted role as victims of the brutal, hypocritical and puritanical Commonwealth.
Maclean’s prose is also a delight. She writes confidently and there were some real literary gems scattered throughout the novel that made me gasp with their brilliance. But the author never sacrificed the pace to her prose, and was firmly focused on her twisting plot and sub-plots.
Maclean is a worthy recipient of the Crime Writer Association’s 2015 Endeavor Award for historical crime fiction. I thoroughly recommend this novel.
At the beginning of the book you'll notice a real informative Historical Note of England in AD 1654, followed with a great list of Dramatis Personae, before it starts off with an intriguing prologue.
Story-telling is of a top-notch quality, the characters, whether they are real historical or fictional figures, come all vividly to life within this great mystery.
The main story starts off on the 1 November, AD 1654, the first year in the reign of Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of the English Commonwealth.
Main character of this series is a man who goes by the name of Damian Seeker, a man no one knows what's his real name is and where he comes from, but all know him for sure as the Agent of the Lord Protector.
The story starts when news is spreading about the murder of John Winter, Lieutenant in the New Model Army, who's been found in the corridors of Whitehall by Elias Ellingworth, a lawyer from profession, and who's standing over John Winter's bleeding body with the knife in his hand, and thus the accusing finger of guilt will be pointed at Elias.
What will follow is a very intriguing and compelling mystery, with a great plot, and in which Seeker will do anything to find the "true" killer of this murder and bring him to justice.
Very much recommended, for this is a rich and engaging historical story, and one that's in my opinion: "A Tremendous Thrilling Mystery"!
Female characters can be strong and still come across as belonging to the time in which they were born and as real people.