The Butcher of Smithfield : Thomas Chaloner

  • by Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by Gordon Griffin
  • Series: Thomas Chaloner
  • 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. His death is thought to have been one of many caused by the eating of cucumbers - but Chaloner is not convinced. He thinks it may have something to do with the news hounds whose fierce rivalry is escalating into violence. Putting his personal safety aside, he tries to penetrate the rumour mill surrounding the Butcher of Smithfield to uncover his real identity.


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The hero of the story is at a loss, as the story develops as to why he should investigate this murder. What murder? There seems to be a conspiracy of silence, missing persons and misdirection directed towards his inquiries, but stubbonly he does not give up.

There is much detail that gives the story a very authentic, and sometimes horrible, backdrop but it makes story a well-told historical who dunnit. As it is one a series I look forward to other equally gripping and well-narrated.
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- Rogayah

Great Stuff

Lots of people, names to remember etc. But I found it a busy book from the start. No napping during this listen. So all in all it was great and I will definitely be listening to more Challoner escapades in the future.
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- Barbara Steffensen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-06-2008
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books