A Murder at Rosamund's Gate
In Susanna Calkins's atmospheric debut novel, a chambermaid must uncover a murderer in seventeenth-century plague-ridden LondonFor Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid serving in the household of the local magistrate, life is an endless repetition of polishing pewter, emptying... show more
In Susanna Calkins's atmospheric debut novel, a chambermaid must uncover a murderer in seventeenth-century plague-ridden LondonFor Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid serving in the household of the local magistrate, life is an endless repetition of polishing pewter, emptying chamber pots, and dealing with other household chores until a fellow servant is ruthlessly killed, and someone she loves is wrongly arrested for the crime. In a time where the accused are presumed guilty until proven innocent, lawyers aren't permitted to defend their clients, and--if the plague doesn't kill them first--public executions draw a large crowd of spectators, Lucy knows she may never see this person alive again. Unless, that is, she can identify the true murderer. Determined to do just that, Lucy finds herself venturing out of her expected station and into raucous printers' shops, secretive gypsy camps, the foul streets of London, and even the bowels of Newgate prison on a trail that might lead her straight into the arms of the killer. In her debut novel, Susanna Calkins seamlessly blends historical detail, romance, and mystery into a moving and highly entertaining tale.
Publish date: April 23rd 2013
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
, 17th Century
Series: Lucy Campion Mysteries (#1)
I think its a good start for a first. Enjoy the historical setting and characters. I also was glad to see that the staff had a very good relationship with the Master & his son. I thought the inclusion of the Plague in the story was very insteresting. I look forward to the next installment...
Very pleasantly surprised.
This was a book I requested from Netgalley based on the cover (which despite displaying two of the weird present fashions – "I turn my back on you" and "nearly-headless" – is pretty. I will never learn), and because of an interesting premise. The latter is fairly basic, really. We have a well-off h...
I quite enjoyed this murder mystery, set in a convincing 1666 London. The details of housekeeping in the time added to the realism. While some characters were, upon occasion, unbelievably good, I got caught up in the story and the mystery and was compelled to follow it to a most unexpected end. This...
it would have been a two (maybe) but for the awful last chapters!