The year is 1665. Black Death ravages London. A killer stalks the streets in a plague doctor’s hood and mask…
When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer’s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie’s own past.
Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street. This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London, where alchemy, witchcraft and blood-spells collide.
In a city drowned in darkness, death could be the most powerful magic of all.
Wow, what a fantastic book, my respects on this one, so much research and details, the author has done a superb job with details, descriptions, you can see the characters, the clothing, the food and drink and even at times smell what is happening in the book, (not the best smells though).
1665. Year of the Black Death. A killer stalks the streets in a plague doctor’s mask…
Charlie, the thief taker, his job is to find thieves, and he is caught up in a murder he didn’t commit. the story changes points of view, from Charlie, to Thomas, to the King, the Mayor of London but not in a confusing way. All are great characters in their own way, some good some bad. The plot written at the right pace, not too fast or too slow. I felt myself immersed in this book, drinking in each word.
“It was typical, he thought, that it had come to this. One minute he was happily selling forged certificates and making good money and the next he was forced to choose between torture, amputation or leaping into a pile of corpses. It was the kind of thing which always seemed to be happening to him.”
I was left with a few questions at the end, regarding the brother and the chest, but there is a sequel out in 2015 so I hope there will be answers. The cover and the title are top notch and I also enjoyed the detail at the end of the book, kindle edition with a link to receive a secret chapter to your email. This would make a cracking film, and I am looking forward to the sequel.
This is a Netgalley copy, but I took ages to actually read it and wasn´t able to post a review there.
About the author
C. S Quinn is a bestselling author and journalist for The Times, The Guardian and The Mirror, alongside many magazines. Prior to journalism and fiction, her background in historic research won prestigious postgraduate funding from the British Art Council.
Combining historical research with far-flung travel experiences helped her create The Thief Taker. This historical page-turner is published with Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint.
About the book
Genre: Historical Fiction
File Size: 1586 KB
Print Length: 433 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (September 9, 2014)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.