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Summary

The Great Fire has reduced London to smoldering embers. From the ashes, thief taker Charlie Tuesday is drawn to investigate a string of strange murders. Mutilated corpses are washing up at Deptford, each marked with a dire astrological prediction. But only London's best crime-solver realizes the killer's deadly offerings will soon unleash a devastating force on England.

With the help of Lily Boswell, a gypsy street-girl with a knife and a grudge, Charlie must find the killer and put a stop to the murders. And by doing so, the Thief Taker will find the man whose terrible destiny is entwined with his, their fates written in the dark stars...

©2016 C.S. Quinn. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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The best one yet in this brilliant series

I encountered the first in the Charlie Tuesday series on Kindle Unlimted and took a punt...which was a great decision. I've burned through the first three in record time and I'm now eagerly starting on the fourth installment.

The previous two installments are smashing and this one is even better. The pace is relentless, seventeenth century London is convincingly realised, the insight into history is compelling and the characterisation is execellent. Although thiswould work as as stand alone novel I really would recommend enjoing Theif Taker and Firecatcher first.

I'msure they make a good read but the narration is SO good I think audiobook is their perfect form. The fact Dark Starshas a differnt narrator than installments one and two thre me for a chapter or two but it turns out I love them both equally. Absolutely faultless and hats off to author and narrators for managing to keep such a large and disparate cast of characters discrete and interesting.

Excellent gender balance too - most appreciated!

LOVE LOVE LOVE

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I miss the original narrator. His voice was perfect for the role. The current one is a bit more monotone.

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shame

great book but it is such a shame that they changed the narrator. he didn't do the characters justice especially Lilly.

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Enjoyed

I have really enjoyed the three books 📚 .They move at a nice pace , I look forward to the next instalment

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Great third episode in the thief taker series. It took a while to get used to the new narrator but still a great performance. Brilliantly written with lovely historic detail.

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Not to be missed

I loved the trilogy, the characters and the plot of each book are absorbing and brilliantly written

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  • janice
  • STOKE ON TRENT, United Kingdom
  • 19-02-17

Frivolous Restoration Romp.

Would you try another book written by C. S. Quinn or narrated by Steve West?

No.

What could C. S. Quinn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A kernal of a good story ruined by preposterous female sidekick and clumsy sex scenes.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Steve West?

All the baddies spoke with deliberate, gruff voices (audible equivalent of twiddling the moustache).

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes. I can see why C S Quinn's books are popular.

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  • Trevor
  • SALTBURN BY THE SEA, United Kingdom
  • 06-01-17

A great read.

I can't wait for his next book, if it is anything like his first three it will be a bloody good read.

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  • Wayne
  • 07-04-18

Charles II ruled in desperate times!

Author Catherine Quinn completes her Charlie Tuesday/Thief Taker historical mystery/thriller series with Dark Stars. The novel starts where Fire Catcher ends in the year 1666 after the great London fire with London in ashes. Thieves and murderers rule the time of total chaos. Charlie tries to restore order with the help of his unlikely co-protagonist street girl Lily Boswell. If you liked The Thief Taker and Fire Catcher you will like this suspense mystery/thriller even more. Steve West does a nice job of narration, but Napoleon Ryan was even better in the first two series novels.

Those with interest in English history are the target audience for this series, but others should also like it.

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  • Peaceful
  • 17-03-17

His best story yet!

I got hooked with The Thief Taker (the first in series) and was delighted to discover two more books waiting. I listened to them straight through for an entire week! This one completely surprised me multiple times at the end. After reading all three stories, I have a much greater understanding of English history and the dawn of scientific inventions which shaped social understanding during the reign of King Charles (1666.)

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  • D. Hahn
  • 25-04-18

A good story -but

I wish the author would add a bit of humor from the characters. It gets a bit too grim.

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  • Joey Johnson
  • 27-05-17

Another great audiobook

Read well and very interesting. Narrators did a fantastic job. Will definitely listen to more of their work.