Blood on the Strand: Adventures of Thomas Chaloner, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Susanna Gregory, author of the Matthew Bartholomew series of medieval mysteries, has created another compelling fictional detective set in Restoration London.
The second adventure in the Thomas Chaloner series.
Rebellion is in the air of London in the spring of 1663.
Thomas Chaloner, spy for the King's intelligence service, has just returned from thwarting a planned revolt in Dublin, but soon realises that England's capital is no haven of peace. He is ordered to investigate the shooting of a beggar during a royal procession. He soon learns the man is no vagrant, but someone with links to the powerful company of Barber-Surgeons. His master, the earl of Clarendon, is locked in a deadly feud with the earl of Bristol, and an innocent man is about to be hanged in Newgate. Chaloner becomes embroiled in a desperate race against time to protect Clarendon, to discover the true identity of the beggar's murderer, and to save a blameless man from the executioner's noose.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 10 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||25 March 2021|
|Publisher||Hachette Audio UK|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 88,166 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1,021 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
4,331 in Historical Mystery
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Read this book in 2011, and its the 2nd volume of the wonderful "Thomas Chaloner" series.
This tale is set in the Spring of the year AD 1663, and Thomas Chaloner, former Parliamentarian spy but now spy for the King's intelligence service, has just arrived home from Dublin, Ireland, after having thwarted a planned revolt there, but now finds that London is no haven of peace also.
During the royal procession a beggar is shot, and soon enough Thomas discovers that the man is not a beggar at all, but someone with links to the Company of Barber-Surgeons.
Besides that Thomas finds his master, the Earl Clarendon in a deadly feud with the Earl of Bristol, while an innocent man is about to be hanged in Newgate prison.
What is to follow is an intriguing mystery, in which Thomas Chaloner in a race against time must try to solve three cases, whether connected or not, and so against all hope but determined to succeed he has to use his wits and cunning to unravel the mysteries surrounding all these cases, and in a terrific executed plot he will be able to save the innocent man in Newgate from the noose, find the culprit of the murder and save his master Lord Clarendon from a deadly feud.
Highly recommended, for this is a excellent addition to this great series, and that's why I like to call this episode: "A Very Exciting Blood On The Strand"!
This is another great story featuring Thomas Chaloner. In this second story, I felt that we had learned a bit more about Chaloner, and understood his character better. He is a good man trying to find his way in a world he doesn’t really understand any more, but he wants at the same time to see justice done, and to protect his friends. His relationship with the ex-Spymaster Thurloe is strong, but Chaloner never really knows who he can trust; and in Restoration London, trusting the wrong person could be fatal.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story; the characters are well drawn, the mysteries are complex and intriguing, the ‘feel’ of seventeenth century London and the strong political and religious feelings of those who live and work there are very well presented. Chaloner is a character who is well realised, and I look forward to the next story in the series, The Butcher of Smithfield.
Chalenor manages to overcome the opposition with some help from his friends and in particular his old spymaster.
A great fast paced story with a cliff hanger conclusion.
What will be his next assignment ?
The description of London during this historical period is excellent and very convincing. Overall the book is well-written, but I just found the story didn't grip me.