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A death along the River Fleet

by Susanna Calkins

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Historical details, mystery, suspense . . .a page turner.
Cloak & Dagger. This fourth installment in the Lucy Campion Mysteries series has given me an appreciation of the Historical Mystery. I think that this was more due to the fact that the female lead was not what I was expecting.

Lucy and Constable Duncan make a good team with the investigation of this young woman and what had become of her. Calkins makes this journey to the truth on that will be felt with each new discovery. The momentum builds with small clues here and there. Almost like little bread crumbs being left for discovery. As clues to the young woman's past are uncovered there was a premise of intrigue.

I felt at peace by the last line of the last page. Calkins does not leave me with wanting to know how, when, where, why or any other of those questions that can sometime go un-answered. I was able to follow along in Lucy and Constable Duncan's logic, maybe not at the exact time it was happening but that was the intriguing part of it.

I enjoyed this page turner so much I am getting the remainder of the series from the library this weekend and will begin my little on mystery-read-a-thon on Lucy Campion. ( )
  thebookjunkiereads | Sep 13, 2016 |
A riveting story set in 17th. Century London, about a woman who is found in mysterious circumstances, the attempts to piece together her life and how she came to be in such dire need.
The river Fleet in the title has long since disappeared and part of it has been buried under what is now Fleet Street.
This is an atmospheric tale of life in a London long gone and Susanna paints an intriguing picture.
Vert highly recommended.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher St. Martins Press via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review. ( )
  Welsh_eileen2 | Mar 31, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 125005737X, Hardcover)

Lucy Campion, a ladies’ maid turned printer’s apprentice in 17th-century London, is crossing Holborn Bridge over the murky waters of the River Fleet one morning when, out of the mist, she sees a specter moving toward her. Frightened at first, Lucy soon realizes the otherworldly figure is in fact a young woman, clearly distraught and clad only in a blood-spattered white nightdress. Barely able to speak, the woman has no memory of who she is or what’s happened to her. The townspeople believe she’s possessed. But Lucy is concerned for the woman’s well-being and takes her to see a physician. When, shockingly, the woman is identified as the daughter of a nobleman, Lucy is asked to temporarily give up her bookselling duties to discreetly serve as the woman’s companion while she remains under the physician’s care.

As the woman slowly recovers, she begins―with Lucy’s help―to reconstruct the terrible events that led her to Holborn Bridge that morning. But when it becomes clear the woman’s safety might still be at risk, Lucy becomes unwillingly privy to a plot with far-reaching social implications, and she’ll have to decide just how far she’s willing to go to protect the young woman in her care.

Susanna Calkins has drawn a richly detailed portrait of a time in history and a young woman struggling against the bounds of her society in her next absorbing Lucy Campion mystery.

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"Lucy Campion, a ladies' maid turned printer's apprentice in 17th-century London, is crossing Holborn Bridge over the most vile portion of the River Fleet one morning when she encounters a distraught young woman, barely able to speak and clad only in a blood-spattered nightdress. The woman has no memory of who she is or what's happened to her, and the townspeople believe she's possessed. But Lucy is concerned for the woman's well-being and takes her to a physician. When, shockingly, the woman is identified as the daughter of a nobleman, Lucy is asked to temporarily give up her bookselling duties to discreetly serve as the woman's companion while she remains under the physician's care. As the woman slowly recovers, she begins-with Lucy's help-to reconstruct the terrible events that led her to Holborn Bridge that morning. But when it becomes clear the woman's safety might still be at risk, Lucy becomes unwillingly privy to a plot with far-reaching social implications, and she'll have to decide how far she's willing to go to protect the young woman in her care"--… (more)

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