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Thomas Chaloner, spy for the king's intelligence service, soon realises that both murders point in one direction: A Conspiracy of Violence By: Not Available on Audible. Blood on the Strand By: Susanna Gregory Narrated by: Add to basket failed. Please try again later. Add to wishlist failed. Free with day trial. The Butcher of Smithfield By: The Westminster Poisoner By: A Murder on London Bridge By: The Piccadilly Plot By: Death in St James's Park By: Murder on High Holborn By: The Chelsea Strangler By: The Executioner of St Paul's By: Whichever it proves to be, Chaloner knows he has very little time to decipher the pointers left to him.
Hardcover , pages. London, England , To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Body in the Thames , please sign up. Be the first to ask a question about The Body in the Thames. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jan 20, Niffer rated it liked it. I can't comment on the point that others have made about it seemingly being the same thing over and over again, but one thing I will say, is that when the reader has as much info as the spy, and has figured out who the baddie is half way through the book, and yet the spy doesn't for a loooong time after I couldn't help wondering if I was an awesome detective or if Chaloner is just a rubbish spy!
I knocked off one star for this reason, and one more for the fact that I almost gave up around pag I can't comment on the point that others have made about it seemingly being the same thing over and over again, but one thing I will say, is that when the reader has as much info as the spy, and has figured out who the baddie is half way through the book, and yet the spy doesn't for a loooong time after I knocked off one star for this reason, and one more for the fact that I almost gave up around page , as it really started to feel like it was dragging.
Yes, we are supposed to be travelling through the investigation with Chaloner, but I felt my attention wandering on a few occasions. I'm glad I stuck with it though, as it picked up the pace and had a good ending. Nov 27, Elaine rated it did not like it. The further into this series I get the less I enjoy. I only got to chapter 3 and thought I'd read it all before. The storylines get a bit same-old after a while. Mar 28, Geoff Boxell rated it liked it.
I got onto Susanna Gregory via her Matthew Bartholomew series. I have them all to date 16 , but the series was getting a mite predictable and the murder rate in Cambridge was getting as high as that in Morse's Oxford and Barnaby's Midsummer. So I tried her Thomas Chaloner when I saw one in the special bin at a local bookshop. However, this book is a decent read and it does shew the problems of one of Cromwell's intellegencers in that period, one who had worked for the efficient John Thurlow, Cromwell's Spymaster, rather than Charles' II's incompetent replacement.
The story is around the efforts being made to avoid a war with the Netherlands, one which all, bar the King and his cronies, know cannot be won, unlike that under the Commonwealth. Spies, here, spies there and no-one quite what they seem. I did guess who the main killers were before the end but, to quote Charles' Spymaster, Williamson "The clues were there, but we were too blind to see them. The book, to my mind, is an adventure rather than a "who done it" and the answers and action do not arrive till around page of a paged book.
I know the author uses her characters to disprove some of the slander thrown at Cromwell but the book does contain some un-truths about the man: Feb 18, Mariella Deliyannis rated it it was amazing. An excellent book, that kept the reader's interest in every single page, evenly paced, with different plots that evolved in the same pace and interacted in a very supporting to each other plot way with many different historical details and made me "live" in Restoration London hobnobbing with the high and mighty of the time as well as soiling my feet with the hoi polloi!
Almost pages of historical adventure - mystery and not a minute of boredom or impatience to be over! I will certainly try a An excellent book, that kept the reader's interest in every single page, evenly paced, with different plots that evolved in the same pace and interacted in a very supporting to each other plot way with many different historical details and made me "live" in Restoration London hobnobbing with the high and mighty of the time as well as soiling my feet with the hoi polloi! I will certainly try and find more Chaloner books as I loved this one.
What a pity that the one Matthew Bartholomew book of the same writer that I have read was a total disappointment Jun 03, Deuce Naftel rated it really liked it. This was my first Thomas Chaloner book. I wasn't aware it was a series, I was taken by the name of the book and that it was set during the early years of the English Restoration. I really liked it up until the last pages. I had to solve the mystery of course, and I never considered not finishing it.
But the plot went so fast and threw so much at the reader when most of the book had offered a more measured pace. It is still a good read and I would recommend it, but I wish the ending hadn't This was my first Thomas Chaloner book. It is still a good read and I would recommend it, but I wish the ending hadn't seemed so forced and rushed. Sep 07, Annie Day rated it it was ok. I happened upon this book in a charity shop though had no idea that it is part of a series.
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I generally enjoy historical fiction and found the depiction of London life in this period quite fascinating. Mar 09, Johanne rated it liked it. It finds Thomas Challoner newly married to a woman he can't quite bring himself to tell that he loves and meanwhile on the trail of the mysterious Falcon who is killing off various people and jeopardising the Anglo-Dutch peace talks.
As ever the history is good and the story engaging. It really doesn't matter whether you have read the earlier books in the series or not. Aug 23, Lorraine Montgomery rated it it was amazing.
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Weeks late in returning to England due to constant violent weather, Chaloner only arrives just in time for his wedding to Hannah, lady in waiting to the queen. The storm competes with shouted wedding vows, rain leaks through the roof, and an uninvited acquaintance who has slipped in to the back of the church has a knife with a message slipped between his shoulder blades.
This is a typically intricate Susanna Gregory novel where Chaloner has several seemingly impossible tasks to resolve and more than one person trying to discredit him and sidetrack his enquiries. His dedication leads him into many dangerous situations and, often, his assistance or betrayal comes from surprising sources.
While he questions whether what he feels for Hannah is love, he does know that he would protect her with his life — which he may well have to do. A rip-roaring, swashbuckling adventure that will keep you guessing right to the end. Mar 21, Shirley Schwartz rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is a page turner for sure.
Susanna Gregory does it again with this sixth book in the Thomas Chaloner series. As it is with her other historical mystery series Matthew Bartholomew , Ms.
Gregory cleverly mixes a lot actual historical fact with her fictional characters. Chaloner is a spy during Restoration England, and is well used to living by his wits. He has served many masters from both sides of the political spectrum, and he knows his 16 century London with all its squalor, taverns, This book is a page turner for sure.
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He has served many masters from both sides of the political spectrum, and he knows his 16 century London with all its squalor, taverns, boltholes, and colourful people. This book was a surprise from the beginning as we try with Thomas to try to determine who the person is who is causing so much death and destruction during one hot English summer.
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