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The Sweet Smell of Decay

by Paul Lawrence

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a poor imitation of CJ sansom's series. it's highlight is the humour which can be wry and bleakly comic but the lowlight is the actual writing, it's clumsy, inconsistent and fails to capture the age, it's feel, it's smell and texture the way sansom does. worth a read only if bored ( )
  gercmbyrne | Apr 1, 2009 |
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As I gazed upon her face a small black beetle emerged from the ruins of her right eye. It stood uncertainly upon the crest of her cheekbone as if suddenly reluctant to step out further. Though I looked upon the beetle as if it was something unutterably revolting - still I felt like we two had something in common.
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Cromwell is dead, Charles Stuart has claimed the throne, and the city is charged witha new and bawdy energy. Personal feuds and religious tensions simmer, but the irrespresible Harry Lytle just gets on with his own life - dull as a ditch by day, fogged by the fumes of London's finest taverns by night. Until one day his cousin is found tied to the pulpit of St Brides, the victim of a most horrible murder. The first in a brilliant series of new historical thrillers. Gripping, hugely atmospheric and with plenty of gallows humour, it introduces Harry Lytle with a flourish of poise, punch and panache.
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Set in 17th century Restoration London, 'The Sweet Smell of Decay' follows the fortunes of one Harry Lytle as he attempts to find out who savagely murdered his young female cousin.

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