THE AMOROUS NIGHTINGALE by Edward Marston
Headline - 2001
ISBN 074726256X - PB
Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde, MyShelf.com
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Edward Marston has enchanted his readers with his well-researched tales of the Elizabethan theater and entertained them with his Domesday series; now he turns his attention to Restoration London once again with another adventure for charming architect Christopher Redmayne and Puritan constable Jonathan Bale. This time King Charles II’s latest mistress the singer Harriet Gow has been abducted and Redmayne finds himself summoned by His Majesty to find the culprit. But things aren’t as straightforward as they first appear and when Harriet’s maid Mary Hibbert (a family friend of Bale’s) is found murdered the race is on to penetrate a cloud of suspects from Harriet’s turbulent love life and prevent more deaths.
After a rather mundane start to the series
with The King’s Evil I was glad to find that Marston had got into his stride
and from page one the reader is immersed in the decadent London of Charles II
with its squalor, luxury and fast paced living. Once again Marston demonstrates
his knack of creating lively and likeable characters that appear to be less
obviously designed to appeal to modern readers’ tastes (a fault of his Domesday
Series) and have the ring of authenticity about them, Jonathan Bale perhaps
excepted. The plot is teasing enough and the settings three-dimensional,
adding up to a thoroughly entertaining whodunit that is easy to read and exactly
the right length. I look forward to more in this series.
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