The Butcher of Smithfield - Susanna Gregory Reviews
Description:ISBN 1847440622 / Author: Susanna Gregory / Genre: Crime / Thriller / Thomas Chaloner, just returned from a clandestine excursion to ... more
The Butcher of Smithfield - Susanna Gregory ... Spain and Portugal on behalf of the Queen, finds London dank and grey under leaden skies. He finds many things changed, including the Government slapping a tax on printed newspapers. Hand written news reports escape the duty, and the rivalry between the producers of the two conduits of news is the talk of the coffee houses with the battle to be first with any sort of intelligence escalating into violent rivalry. And it seems that a number of citizens who have eaten cucumbers have come to untimely deaths. It is such a death which Chaloner is despatched to investigate; that of a lawyer with links to 'the Butcher of Smithfield', a shady trader surrounded by a fearsome gang of thugs who terrorise the streets well beyond the confines of Smithfield market. Chaloner doesn't believe that either this death or the others are caused by a simple vegetable, but to prove his theory he has to untangle the devious means of how news is gathered and he has to put his personal safety aside as he tries to penetrate the rumour mill surrounding the Butcher of Smithfield and discover his real identity.
Newest Review: ... Basically just find the person/people who are least likely to have done the crime and they're usually your suspects. The fact ... more
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by - written on 12/01/12 (Useful, 6 readings)
This is a Thomas Chaloner story, I think I've read them all now and I have to say I liked this one the least. The problem I find with the Susanna Gregory books is that they are always about 100 pages too long. I've figured out the twist in each book about mid-way through and this one was no exception. Basically just find the person/people who are least likely to have done the crime and they're usually your suspects. The fact that I can figure it out makes me think that the protagonist, Chaloner, is just not really that good at being a spy, he fails to work out the mystery and even some of the clues, right through the book, he also is really bad at reading people, and so . Read the complete review
by - written on 13/05/10 (Very useful, 68 readings)
The Butcher of Smithfield is a novel set in the 17th century written by Susanna Gregory. Setting The book is set in London of 1663, which is still struggling with the return of Charles II from exile and the problems to do with the recent civil war. London is at the start of the coffee culture and therefore banking movements which would turn the city into the richest part of the British empire. However, at the start of this novel the city is obsessed with making money, reading inflammatory pamphlets and not upsetting the returned king. Main character The main character of all these books is a spy Thomas Chaloner who works ... Read the complete review
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