Thomas Chaloner

13 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 481 ratings

Blood on the Strand Summary

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 both murders point in one direction: upwards, towards the great and supposedly good.

Embroiled in the investigations, Chaloner soon suspects that the deaths have links with the powerful, secretive Company of Barber-Surgeons and their Anatomical Theatre.

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  • Book 1

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  • Book 2

    • Blood on the Strand

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 51
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      4 out of 5 stars 34
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      4 out of 5 stars 34

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The narration didn't do any favours

    • By Wendy b on 04-03-17

    Regular price: £35.89

  • Book 3

    • The Butcher of Smithfield

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 54
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Clueless

    • By Rogayah on 12-09-09

    Regular price: £29.49

  • Book 4

    • The Westminster Poisoner

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 49
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 30

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By WmL on 07-08-12

    Regular price: £18.09

  • Book 5

    • A Murder on London Bridge

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
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      4 out of 5 stars 25
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A good theme.....

    • By Valerie. Martin on 07-07-14

    Regular price: £15.39

  • Book 6

    • The Body in the Thames

    • A Thomas Chaloner Adventure, Book 6
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 65
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic

    • By Sleepyhobbit on 05-05-15

    Regular price: £32.12

  • Book 7

    • The Piccadilly Plot

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 15 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely Excellent

    • By Barbara Steffensen on 10-09-17

    Regular price: £17.89

  • Book 8

    • Death in St James's Park

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 43
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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      4 out of 5 stars 41

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable and mysterious!

    • By Learning is fun! on 22-08-14

    Regular price: £17.19

  • Book 9

    • Murder on High Holborn

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 33
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

    Regular price: £22.79

  • Book 10

    • The Cheapside Corpse

    • Exploits of Thomas Chaloner, Book 10
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great fun as usual mixed with historical accuracy

    • By Learning is fun! on 01-02-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 11

    • The Chelsea Strangler

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 27
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Read

    • By Sleepyhobbit on 15-01-17

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 12

    • The Executioner of St Paul's

    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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      4 out of 5 stars 37

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Yet another great book from Suzanne Gregory

    • By G. Chandler on 24-01-17

    Regular price: £16.99

  • Book 13

    • Intrigue in Covent Garden

    • Adventures of Thomas Chaloner, Book 13
    • By: Susanna Gregory
    • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    By January 1666, the plague has almost disappeared from London, leaving its surviving population diminished and in poverty. The resentment against those who had fled to the country turns to outrage as the court and its followers return, their licentiousness undiminished. The death of a well-connected physician, the mysterious sinking of a man-of-war in the Thames and the disappearance of a popular courtier are causing concern to Thomas Chaloner's employer.

    Regular price: £19.99