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In the dark days of King James I, a man must know his enemies to survive. To Henry Gresham, gentleman, scholar, courtier, and spy, William Shadwell is invaluable. A thief, informer, double-dealer, and pimp, he may not be the most moral of men, but he is one of Gresham's best sources. When Shadwell is murdered, Gresham's enquiries uncover a plot so audacious it is scarcely believable.
© Martin Stephen; (P)Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Henry Gresham is a hero for all seasons, and The Desperate Remedy is a dashing delight that challenges what we think we know." (Val McDermid)
"The twists and turns of a burgeoning intrigue provide tightening suspense while Stephen interprets with delicacy the motives of complex characters." (
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By Anthony on 11-30-09


This is superb work - a master storyteller and an accomplished narrator combine to make this listen one of the finest in my library. If you like historical fiction this book is one of the best!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

By Mark on 09-20-12

Excellent historical mystery

All of the Henry Gresham novels are well-written, with fleshed-out characters, believable plots, and exciting action / intrigue. Definitely recommended!

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By Thomas on 10-21-07

The Desperate Remedy

A well read book that was sufficiently gripping for me to listen to the end. I was a little put off by odd factual inaccuracies (e.g. Alnwick Castle - the seat of the Percy family - is twice referred to as being on the coast. It is 5 miles from the coast). Trivial but easily checked and, if this is wrong, what about the rest of the historical framework for there is a substantial amount of contemporary detail thrown in. The other offputting device was that it regularly resorted to the hero's reflections which, perhaps naturally in his circumstances, became repetitive to the point of rumination. Having said that, I always wanted to know what happened next even though I thought I knew the overall historical context fairly well.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

By Peter Thomas on 08-22-10

What a treat!

I came to this book with some uncertainty as it had very mixed reviews, however once started it is in every sense a page turner. Henry Gresham is wonderfully crafted hero the plot moves at a fast pace and submerges you in the grimy streets and murky world of Jacobean London. As the book progresses it unravels the web of deceit and plotting surrounding the Guy Fawkes story, it reminds us that this was a very real attempt to overthrow the King and Parliament and not the joke which it has become on the 5th of November. Yes there are some inaccuracies but they did not spoil my enjoyment of the book.

The narrator is excellent he very much brings the characters to life, a wonderfully enjoyable Listen.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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