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A Masterpiece of Corruption by L.C. Tyler
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A Masterpiece of Corruption

by L.C. Tyler

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Mistaken for another man, law student John Grey is summoned to Lincoln's Inn by the mysterious Mr SK. Intrigued he visits and finds himself at the centre of a plot to assassinate Oliver Cromwell and restore the monarchy to Commonwealth England. Grey already has history with Mr Thurloe, Cromwell's security advisor, and becomes a double agent. Not sure who to trust, including his own family, Grey is placed in danger and even in The Tower.

Generally I am a big fan of historical fiction and this one stacked up well, interesting period and complicated plot, but I found it hard to get into. This is possibly because the characters didn't seem well-fleshed out, or because the plot looped back on itself several times and became hard to follow. Either way I didn't enjoy the book as much as I anticipated. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
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  johnrid11 | Feb 14, 2016 |
Another brilliant John Carey novel by L.G. Tyler.
His stories are always edge of the seat writings and this is no exception.
This involves an assassination of Oliver Cromwell by a secret society named "The Sealed Knot".
It also hints that Grey is a double agent - working for both the Roundheads and the Cavaliers.
A great read!
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Little, Brown Book Group via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review. ( )
  Welsh_eileen2 | Jan 23, 2016 |
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It is December 1657. John Grey, at his cramped desk in Lincoln's Inn, is attempting to resume his legal career. A mysterious message from a 'Mr SK' tempts him out into the snowy streets of London and to what he believes will be a harmless diversion from his studies. Mr SK's letter proves to have been intended for somebody else entirely and Grey finds himself unwittingly in the middle of a plot to assassinate the Lord Protector - a plot about which he now knows more than it is safe to know. Can he both prevent the murder and (of greater immediate relevance) save his own skin? Both the Sealed Knot and Cromwell's Secretary of State, John Thurloe believe he is on their side, but he is unsure that either is on his. As somebody is kind enough to point out to him: 'You are a brave man, Grey. The life of a double agent can be exciting but very short.' Grey just has to hope that prediction is wrong.… (more)

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