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Publisher's Summary

The year is 1665. Black Death ravages London. A killer stalks the streets in a plague doctor’s hood and mask....
When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer’s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London – and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie’s own past.
Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street. This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London, where alchemy, witchcraft and blood-spells collide.
In a city drowned in darkness, death could be the most powerful magic of all.
©2014 C.S. Quinn (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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3 out of 5 stars
By Gillian on 02-27-17

Plague Horror--Yes; Thriller? Not quiiiite...

Give me the Black Death and Napoleon Ryan as a narrator and I'm THERE! You've got me hooked! Especially with such a horrific opening scene. (I often have bad dreams of olden "doctors" in their long coats and beak-like masks... who doesn't, right? Right?) And then there's the fact that Charlie has hyper observational-like skills akin to those of Sherlock Holmes. So great, right?
Well...
The twists and turns are there, the terrors and gore of the holocaust-like plague is there (in spades!); the setting certainly becomes a character in its own right, and the sense of history is there (tho' I've heard that some of the larger details are patently false... dunno... didn't actually go to Wikipedia or Google to check those out myself), But what's there also is a whole lot of convenient contrivances of this being on hand just at the moment it's needed; and that person coming along, just at the moment a presence of that sort is needed.
Great on sense of place, lacking on sense of purpose, it's a decent enough first novel, and I enjoyed it. But only because I LIKE gruesome details of plague, filth, and poverty. And I truly like Napoleon Ryan's narration (tho' I must say, I'm more used to him doing Nick Spalding's humor)--very dramatic, very stylish.
I think I'd even be into listening to the next book because for a first effort, it's rather engaging.
Just don't expect perfection. Stylish--yes. Worth the time? I thought so.
Worth a full credit?
Well, not quiiiite...

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4 out of 5 stars
By concerned viper on 03-08-17

Very interesting and engaging 1600's historical mystery.

This story includes graphic descriptions of the horrors of life following the British civil war and during the bubonic plague along with a fairly good mystery and a little love story. Warning. It is graphic and violent. I found it dragged a bit but I found it fascinating and suspenseful enough to keep reading.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 11-29-15

Great story for London dwellers

Being a Londoner, loved the descriptions of the city during plague time and could picture the city from the fantastic descriptions. A little disappointed by the lack of difference between characters voices, but otherwise a great story with twists and turns a-plenty.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Freiburg on 01-07-15

Story OK maybe; this rendition awful.

Story is pretty predictable with lots of cliches and stereotypes. Tons of gore - Chamber of Horrors style. Dash of sex with lesbianism in Charles' court for the fellas. (Yes he pops up for some reason.) But if you like this sort of thing it might be enjoyable as a read. But as an audio book the silly accents, and the mix of the modern and archaic (and regions) it seems like a pantomime and it is hard to suspend disbelief. I finished listening but only just.

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5 out of 5 stars
By A on 01-09-17

Definitely recommend.

Honestly one of the best books I have ever read/listened to.
Great voices, awesome plot. I was captivated!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 09-03-16

great idea with storyline<br />

struggled to finish it. loved the era it was set in.
too easy to predict.

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