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From the Charred Remains: A Mystery (Lucy Campion Mysteries) Hardcover – April 22, 2014
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“Susanna Calkins makes Restoration England come alive in her terrific debut, A Murder at Rosamund's Gate. Murder, romance, and flawless social history combine into a beautifully crafted mystery that captivates until the very last page.” ―Stefanie Pintoff
“Calkins's debut brings London on the eve of the Great Plague to vivid life . . . the high quality writing augurs well for future outings.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Calkins makes Lucy's efforts to find the [killer] entirely plausible, leading to a nail-biter climax . . . This history-mystery delivers a strong heroine making her way through the social labyrinth of Restoration London.” ―Booklist
“Calkin's debut mystery places her unusual detective in a world rich in carefully researched historical detail. Even mystery mavens who winkle out the killer may well enjoy the story anyway.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“[An] excellently written, well-researched and engaging debut.” ―Washington Independent Review of Books
About the Author
SUSANNA CALKINS became fascinated with seventeenth-century England while pursuing her doctorate in British history and uses her fiction to explore this chaotic period. Originally from Philadelphia, Calkins now lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two sons. From the Charred Remains is her second novel.
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (April 22, 2014)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250007887
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250007889
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.83 x 1.22 x 8.46 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,443,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Like her contemporaries, Lucy takes advantage of new opportunities opened to people in the wake of the loss of life from the plague and the rebuilding of London after the fire - in her case, entering the world of publishing.
And in the mode of a 17th century reporter Campion finds herself investigating a murder.
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The main thing I love about both the Lucy Campion books is the historical detail intermixed within the mysteries. If you are just interested in a fast paced simple to figure out mystery, taking place over a short period of time, and you don't want extra historical facts and colour, then this may not be the story for you. If you want a decent mystery, not quickly solved, but revealed more complexly over a longer period of time, and woven in with a real glimpse into what it was actually like living day to day in London during the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666, not to mention the recent Plague Outbreak two years before, then you are in for a real captivating story.
Historical events are often described just in the dates, names and numbers surrounding events, and we rarely get a chance to really feel what it was like for the every day people during and especially AFTER these events - how people carried on with their daily lives, how they rebuilt etc.
Lucy has really started to live her life in this story, not just get through the days, but try to make something of herself and look to the future. It may not have been a common thing for young women, especially of her station, but it unfolds in a way that made it easy for me to believe it possible within the historical context. (And it is a fictionalized story taking place during real events, after all.) She still has her connection to her old life with the kindly magistrate from the first book, which I was happy to see, but is branching out and looking towards a different future. She is observant and intelligent and more of those around her are starting to realize and coming to appreciate her skills. There is even a bit of question regarding her love interest in this book - it's not at all obvious where she will end up and I can't wait for the next book (which is unfortunately a whole year away) to find out.
I understand there are at least two more books in the series planned coming out in 2015 and 2016. I certainly hope Susanna Calkins won't stop there. I would love to see Lucy as she continues to grow and mature and find out where life takes her for some time to come.