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Summary

December 1669. During one of the coldest winters in living memory, the Thames freezes over, and a frost fair is held on the thick ice. Architect Christopher Redmayne and puritanical constable Jonathan Bale are both visiting the fair when one of Bale's sons gets into trouble on the ice. They rescue the boy but in the process make a grim discovery - a frozen corpse....

©2003 Edward Marston (P)2004 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Great whodunnit.

A fine detective romp, set in the late 1660's. Some nice twists and turns and red herrings, and a very pleasant, easy listen.

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A pleasant enough romp

Not earth shattering but happy enough to spend a few hours of an annoying convalescence listening to it. I think this was probably the second or third of this particular series that I’ve listened to and I will look out for another if I’m laid up again in the near future. Good narration though.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Ho Hum.

Uninspiring characters, difficult to feel much sympathy for them.

The story has been told ten thousand times before.

Excellent narration, perfectly judged.

Pedestrian, but inoffensive

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  • K
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  • 30-03-18

Alright

I apologise for the title but what can one say when it's the perfect word for a reading experience.

The characters are rather two dimensional - I never really felt a meaningful connection with any of them. The main protagonist, Christopher Redmayne is not only an implausible detective, he is implausible romantic hero. He is bland, his lady-love is dull and even the villains are unthreatening and less than interesting. Having said that, the plot was entertaining enough, in a light way and was the reason why I kept going to the end. I should also give credit to the narrator here, too, whose skill probably made the plot and dialogue more interesting.

As an historical novel it’s not instructive. I doubt much research was needed to make this novel sound plausible - you could possibly cut and past most of the description of clothing and put this in any era.

If you want an unchallenging read that might be an antidote to a stressful day then this is the perfect choice.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful