AUTHOR: Susanna Calkins
GENRE: Adult Fiction, Historic Fiction and Mystery
SETTING(S) : London, United Kingdom, 1665 & 1666 AD
SUBJECT: Social ranking, murder, plague, working class and law
MAIN CHARACTERS: Lucy, William, Adam, Lucas and Bessie
For Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid serving in the household of the local magistrate, life is an endless repetition of polishing pewter, emptying chamber pots, and dealing with other household chores until a fellow servant is ruthlessly killed, and someone close to Lucy falls under suspicion. Lucy can’t believe it, but in a time where the accused are presumed guilty until proven innocent, lawyers aren’t permitted to defend their clients, and—if the plague doesn’t kill the suspect first—public executions draw a large crowd of spectators, Lucy knows she may never find out what really happened. Unless, that is, she can uncover the truth herself.
Determined to do just that, Lucy finds herself venturing out of her expected station and into raucous printers’ shops, secretive gypsy camps, the foul streets of London, and even the bowels of Newgate prison on a trail that might lead her straight into the arms of the killer….
Via: Good Reads
If you want a story with twist and turns, surprising ending and a good plot. This is a great book you can finish in a week or even during one long weekend. As a reader you think you know who did it and why, but you really don’t. This book had a lot of surprises especially when the murder was finally revealed. But instead of telling you in the middle of the book you have to read the second to last chapter to find out.
This book did not allow the reader to drift away due to the compelling storyline with surprising events of murder, sickness and the compelling court scene. With Lucy’s loyalty to her friend Bessie and the people who lived and worked in Hargrave’s household she discovers her true potential. If you like compelling historic fiction with mystery and romance this is the book for you to read.