The Butcher of Smithfield: Chaloner's Third Exploit in Restoration London - Susanna Gregory

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The Butcher of Smithfield: Chaloner's Third Exploit in Restoration London - Susanna Gregory

Thomas Chaloner, just returned from a clandestine excursion to Spain and Portugal on behalf of the Queen, finds London dank and grey under leaden skie...

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“The Butcher of Smithfield”

published 25/02/2009

ProGood twists, a lot of historical detail

ConsCan get a bit confusing and convoluted

"The Butcher of Smithfield" is the third in the new series Susanna Gregory is writing - the Thomas Chaloner stories. This comes after the success of the Matthew Bartholomew series set in 14th Century Cambridge. The Thomas Chaloner books are set in Restoration London and the main character is a...

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Thomas Chaloner, just returned from a clandestine excursion to 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. Handwritten 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.

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EAN: 9780751539547

Type: Fiction

Genre: Modern Fiction

Title: The Butcher of Smithfield: Chaloner's Third Exploit in Restoration London

Author: Susanna Gregory

Release Date: 05-Dec-12

ISBN: 0751539546

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