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The Queen of Bedlam Paperback – October 23, 2007
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It does have a cliffhanger...( without giving it away I do not know how the main character can resolve what seems like an impossible conflict) but knowing McCammon he will pull it off in the next book.If you liked "Speaks the nightbird" you will love this book and the charcters that populate it.If you have not read "Speaks the nightbird" read that one first...even though this is a stand alone story the first book establishes the lead charcter and will richly enhance your enjoyment of the second book as you witness the growth of the main charcter.
Though I don't generally read historical novels, Speaks the Nightbird certainly hooked me with its dark intensity and the need for its young protagonist, Matthew Corbett, to see justice prevail at all costs. Because I enjoyed this particular novel so much, I naturally sought out the second book in the series, The Queen of Bedlam, and wasn't disappointed with Mr. McCammon's unique gift for storytelling.
The Queen of Bedlam picks up with the character of Matthew Corbett a few years after his experiences in the Carolinas, having saved a woman from being burned at the stake for the practice of witchcraft.Read more ›
As I read this, I thought Mr. McCammon must have had fun writing the book. I certainly had a lot of fun reading it. Besides being a good detective story, with good guys, bad guys, and eccentrics abounding in an early 1700s New York setting, there is a good bit of humor in the book. I was laughing out loud picturing the new governor's appearance in front of the city's 18th century movers and shakers. Among my favorite lines in the book is one dealing with the silver pocket watch that took a licking . . ., and another summing up the business philosophy of Polly Blossom, who runs the city's highbrow house of ill repute. I'll let you discover that gem for yourself.
I hope this is not the last we see of Matthew Corbett, Hudson Greathouse, Marmaduke Grigsby and the crew. Highly recommended.
I've been a huge McCammon fan since first reading MYSTERY WALK after reading a glowing review of that novel in the New York Times. Each of his books offer the reader a thrilling and unique experience. If you've not tried McCammon then THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM would be a good place to start. His writing is flawless and his imagination soars. Thank you Robert McCammon for giving me many sleepless nights as I absorb your creative world!
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It took me a while to get into the book, but once in, I was caugt. that Matthew Corbett is a clever guy.Published 1 day ago by j gonzales
Robert R. McCammon is a fine story teller. I love the language in these stories. It's uncommon enough to put you mentally into the story, without being so difficult as to require... Read morePublished 1 month ago by JuliainKY
Great read that continues with second book. If you like the first book you will enjoy the second book better.Published 4 months ago by Jack Hughes
This is the first book I have read by Robert McCammon that I have not liked. It could have been an interesting historical mystery without all the tedious details. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Wendy Busby
Such an amazing story! I love the narrator, he really makes the characters come alive. I enjoyed The night bird speaks as well but this second story really makes you feel like you... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rena Oldham
Robert McCammon does not disappoint. His novels are witty, exciting and complete with historical details that take you back in time. Great way to spend a snowy weekend!Published 5 months ago by slow lane swimmer
I just finished The Queen of Bedlam and loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed Speaks the Night Bird, but I honestly enjoyed Queen of Bedlam more. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thepinkaholic