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- Print Length: 236 pages
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- Publisher: Ridge & Bourne (March 7, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 7, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B079RCVQ4X
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Bad Blood Will Out: An Ashmole Foxe Georgian Mystery (The Ashmole Foxe Georgian Mysteries Book 4) Kindle Edition
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In Bad Blood Will Out, Foxe is presented with two murders: one is that of a wealthy chandler, the other an actor in the White Swan theatre. At first Foxe dismisses the latter, but finds his thoughts returning to it over and over. His days are busy; he is also obliged to play host to his nephew Nicholas, who has come to the city to learn how to become a businessman. As the early chapters progress, Foxe soon finds that, despite the presence of the odious Postgate, the theatre stage manager he and most others detest, he cannot resist delving into the White Swan murder - which soon becomes murders in the plural.
Like all of William Savage's books, Bad Blood Will Out is a highly readable mix of intricate plot construction and wonderful characters; Ashmole Foxe remains a delight, and the other characters are all fully rounded, with plenty of subtle humour in the dialogue. The time and place is beautifully illustrated, with a backdrop of the world of 18th century theatre.
A stunning first chapter about a fire at the theatre some years before had my interest well and truly piqued, and the unfolding plot lived up to expectations (and the murder weapon had me stumped!). I did wish, on occasion, that more events were shown in the same way as that first chapter, rather than being described/reported to Foxe, but this is just the personal preference of one who likes stories told from several points of view; I certainly enjoyed this novel and am sure Mr Savage's many readers will find it every bit as charming as all the others.
All the characters from previous books are here, with the addition of a young second cousin, keen to find his place in the world.
We learn a bit about the theatrical companies of the day (not the noblest of professions at the time) in the course of the investigation, and also the lengths that individuals will go to hide the truth.
My only complaint is that the denouement of the mystery surrounding both murders comes rather abruptly, with Mr. Foxe basically coming out with "whodunit" in a desultory fashion. Certainly that didn't lessen my enjoyment of all that transpires in between.