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Summary

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.

At Chelsea, a rural backwater by the river, with fine mansions leased to minor members of the Court avoiding the capital, there are more immediate concerns: the government has commandeered the theological college to house Dutch prisoners of war, and there are daily rumours that those sailors are on the brink of escaping. Moreover, a vicious strangler is stalking the neighbourhood.

Thomas Chaloner is sent to investigate the murder of the first victim, an inmate of a private sanatorium known as Gorges. There have been thefts there as well, but the few facts he gleans from inmates and staff are contradictory and elusive. He realises, though, that Gorges has stronger links to the prison than just proximity and that the influx of strangers offers plenty of camouflage for a killer - a killer who has no compunction about turning on those determined to stop his murderous rampage.

©2015 Jessica Treadway (P)2016 Isis Audiobooks

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Great story well told

Always love these Thomas challenger stories, well narrated. Have read them all previously but doesn't diminish the story for me.

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Great Read

A good read with some twists to it. Wanting the listen to listen some more,. The plot was very interesting, telling how the king and his followers left London and the plague behind for the safety of the countryside. Well written

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  • 12-02-16

Disappointing

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Less intricate plotting and more intelligence by the main character.

Would you be willing to try another book from Susanna Gregory? Why or why not?

possibly. I like the general idea of the stories and the researching, but on the other hand, the author is spending too much time having characters stand explaining while they should be doing something, and the author seems to have too much enjoyment of an extremely intricate plot line rather than a main character with more than two brain cells to employ on his job.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

the narrator was acceptable.

Could you see The Chelsea Strangler being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no.

Any additional comments?

I enjoy an intricate plot, but not one that is so convoluted and so many folk plotting against each other for the same thing that they must have been tripping over each other in their activities if it had happened in real life.

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  • 06-09-16

Too complicated and hard to follow

A disappointment compared to her other works which I have enjoyed. Hoping for an easier read next time.