For the officers of the Republic, constant vigilance is needed. So, when the bloody corpse of a Royalist spy is discovered on the dung heap of a small Essex village, why is the local magistrate so reluctant to investigate? John Grey, a young lawyer with no clients, finds himself alone in believing that the murdered man deserves justice.
Grey is drawn into a vortex of plot and counterplot and into the all-encompassing web of intrigue spun by Cromwell's own spymaster, John Thurloe. So when nothing is what is seems, can Grey trust anyone?
L. C. Tyler is a crime writer and the current chair of the Crime Writers Association. He grew up in Essex and studied at Southend High School, Jesus College Oxford and City University. During a career with the Civil Service and the British Council, he lived in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sudan, Thailand and Denmark. More recently he has been based in Islington and West Sussex.
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By Lucy Mcb on 12-05-18
Enjoyable but not engrossing
Kris Dyer was a capable, if slow, reader. I found myself speeding up the book to x1.25 or risk falling asleep. Very good accents for the characters though and I will listen to the next in the series read by him.
The story had some good moments but I felt it was predictable and lacked the description that other authors bring to the genre. John Grey appeared to be rather naive and certainly not a sleuth in the sense I am used to. Perhaps the hero changes and learns over time,
I was quite irritated by the continual use of ‘he said’, ‘she said’, ‘they said’ in the writing and that slowed the dialogue a lot when it was pretty obvious who said what in a two-person scene.
Overall thought it was a pleasant listen and I appreciate the effort the reader put into it.