The plague raging through London in 1665 has emptied the city. The only people left are those too poor to flee or those who selflessly struggle to control the contagion and safeguard the capital's future. Amongst them, though, are those prepared to risk their health for money - those who sell dubious 'cures' and hawk food at wildly inflated prices. Also amongst them are those who hold in their hands the future of the city's most iconic building - St Paul's Cathedral.
The handsome edifice is crumbling from decades of neglect and indecision, giving the current custodians a stark choice: repair or demolish. Both sides have fanatical adherents who have been fighting each other since the Civil Wars. Large sums of money have disappeared, major players have mysteriously vanished, and then an unidentified skeleton is discovered in another man's grave.
A reluctant Chaloner returns to London to investigate, only to discover that someone is determined to thwart him by any means - by bullet, poison or bludgeon - and he fears he has very little time to identify the culprits before he becomes yet another victim in the battle for the cathedral's future.
©2016 Susanna Gregory (P)2016 Little Brown Book Group
Having read the first two paperbacks in this series and loved them both. I thought I would try an audio version of another to see if it was as good as actually reading it for my self. I was delighted with the range of voices the reader creates for each character and found it did not spoil my own imagined characters but put sound to them and made them more real than I had expected. Love the book, love narrative and looking forward to the next one. In fact I may get the whole series including the tow paperbacks I have already read. Wish I had tried this first.
i enjoyed this book very much, the storyline was good and i was drawn into the plot and got a good feeling for london in the midst of a terrble plague and the intrigues of the time.
Always enjoy Susanna Gregory's tohnge in cheek styke. Plenty of twists and turns with main characters getting embroiled in unlikely events but always coming out on top.
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