Thomas Chaloner
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  • 2
    Blood on the Strand | Susanna Gregory

    Blood on the Strand

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    • By Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    Spring, 1663: public London is executing plans to mark the third anniversary of the Restoration. Private London, murky, dangerous and seething with intrigue, is entertaining other plans. And other executions - for the death of wealthy merchant Matthew Webb and the killing of an apparent vagrant during a royal procession. Thomas Chaloner, spy for the king's intelligence service, soon realises that two murders point in one direction: upwards, towards the great and supposedly good.

    Good but too complex a plot?

    There are some books that you simply can't put down (or stop listening too) but this is not one of them. This is the third Thomas Chaloner book I have..Show More »

    Reviewed on 14 July 2013 by Duncan (Broadstairs, United Kingdom)
  • 3
    The Butcher of Smithfield | Susanna Gregory

    The Butcher of Smithfield

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    • By Susanna Gregory
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    Thomas Chaloner is despatched to investigate the death 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.

    Clueless

    The hero of the story is at a loss, as the story develops as to why he should investigate this murder. What murder? There seems to be a conspiracy o..Show More »

    Reviewed on 12 September 2009 by Rogayah (Reading, United Kingdom)
  • 4
    The Westminster Poisoner | Susanna Gregory

    The Westminster Poisoner

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    • By Susanna Gregory
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    After the Puritan ban on Christmas festivities Restoration London is awash with excess between Christmas Eve and Twelfth Night, but the two men found in Westminster Hall had not died from a surfeit of gluttony, but from poison. The Lord Chancellor appoints Chaloner as his investigator into the killiings, believing them to be of scant importance to the affairs of state he deals with.

    Enjoyable

    Took a bit of time to get into this book, but stayed with it and was really pleased that I did. Enjoyable, easy to listen to book.

    Reviewed on 07 August 2012 by WM (Reading, United Kingdom)
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    A Murder on London Bridge | Susanna Gregory

    A Murder on London Bridge

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    • By Susanna Gregory
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    The murder of a man on London Bridge is the first indication that the Earl of Clarendon's fears of a rebellion may be well-founded. His spy, Thomas Chaloner, suspects the assassin may be a member of a group dedicated to seeing the return of Puritanism, and at the same time he learns of a faction determined to bring back the Catholic Church.

    A good theme.....

    Better narrator.

    Reviewed on 07 July 2014 by V. Martin (Findon)
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    The Body in the Thames: A Thomas Chaloner Adventure, Book 6 | Susanna Gregory

    The Body in the Thames: A Thomas Chaloner Adventure, Book 6

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    • By Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    In the dilapidated surroundings of the Savoy, a delegation from the Netherlands is gathered in a last ditch attempt to secure peace. Thomas Chaloner is horrified at the violent aggression shown to the Dutch by ordinary Londoners, but he is more worried by the dismissive attitude with which they are greeted by the King's officials. Then the body of his former brother-in-law is found in the Thames, and Chaloner discovers enigmatic clues pointing to a motivation for his murder.

    Warming up to the main characters.

    As per usual, a plethora of names wash over us in this story of Anglo Dutch peace negotiations in a sweltering London.
    Also, our main characters ..Show More »

    Reviewed on 25 June 2015 by Martin McHugh (Göteborg, Sweden)
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    The Piccadilly Plot | Susanna Gregory

    The Piccadilly Plot

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    • By Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated By Gordon Griffin
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    Thomas Chaloner is relieved to be summoned back to London. He will be glad to be home, to be reunited with his new wife, but the trivial reason for his recall exasperates him - the theft of material from the construction site of his master, the Earl of Clarendon's embarrassingly sumptuous new house just north of Piccadilly.

    Plodding storyline, weak characterisation ...

    ... and also very poor dialogue.

    Reviewed on 28 September 2014 by Rusmat Ahmed ()
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    Death in St James's Park | Susanna Gregory

    Death in St James's Park

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    • By Susanna Gregory
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    Five years after Charles II's triumphant return there is growing mistrust of his extravagant court - and when a cart laden with gunpowder explodes outside the General Letter Office, it is immediately clear that such an act is more than an expression of outrage at the postal service. As intelligencer to the Lord Chamberlain, Thomas Chaloner cannot understand why an incompetent man is put in charge of the investigation while he is diverted to make enquiries about the poisoning of birds in the King's aviary in St James's Park.

    Enjoyable and mysterious!

    You can't really compare them in that way - I love reading but I just don't have time so I am delighted to be able to listen to such good quality audi..Show More »

    Reviewed on 22 August 2014 by Learning is fun! (Dorset, England)
  • 9
    Murder on High Holborn | Susanna Gregory

    Murder on High Holborn

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    • By Susanna Gregory
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    It's 1665, and the capital is awash with rumours of conspiracy. Thomas Chaloner knows that there are few grains of truth in the rumour-mill, but the loss of an important warship and the murder of Paul Ferine, a Groom of the Robes, makes him scent a whiff of genuine treason. As well as investigating the murder, Chaloner is charged with tracking down the leaders of a fanatical sect known as the Fifth Monarchists. Then, as he comes to know more about the Fifth Monarchists and their meetings on High Holborn, he discovers a number of connections.

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    The Cheapside Corpse: Exploits of Thomas Chaloner, Book 10 | Susanna Gregory

    The Cheapside Corpse: Exploits of Thomas Chaloner, Book 10

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    • By Susanna Gregory
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    London in the spring of 1665 is a city full of fear. There is plague in the stews of St Giles, the Dutch fleet is preparing to invade, and a banking crisis threatens to leave Charles II's government with no means of paying for the nation's defence. Amid the tension, Thomas Chaloner is ordered to investigate the murder of Dick Wheler, one of the few goldsmith-bankers to have survived the losses that have driven others to bankruptcy - or worse.

    Just needs music

    Populated by a cast of clowns , the ineptitude of the main characters beggars belief , falling down , bumping into each other and sawing through bindi..Show More »

    Reviewed on 06 May 2015 by George (March, United Kingdom)
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    The Chelsea Strangler | Susanna Gregory

    The Chelsea Strangler

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    • By Susanna Gregory
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    In the sapping summer heat of 1665, there is little celebration in London of the naval victory at the Battle of Lowestoft. The King, his retinue and anyone with sufficient means has fled the plague-ridden city, its half-deserted streets echoing the sound of bells tolling the mounting number of deaths. Those who remain clutch doubtful potions to ward off the relentless disease and dart nervously past shuttered buildings, watchful for the thieves who risk their lives to plunder what has been left behind.

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