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This Parody of Death: An Ashmole Foxe Georgian Mystery Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B06XDNY81B
- Publisher : Ridge&Bourne (March 22, 2017)
- Publication date : March 22, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3831 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 214 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1520756976
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #253,351 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As ever, I quickly became absorbed in the world of 18th century Norwich; it's a city I know, so this was interesting for me. Mr Savage's characterisation of Foxe is first class, as, for the first time, he begins to question his own future, his attitudes to women, and even the flamboyant way in which he dresses. I liked that there was look inside the head of Charlie, Foxe's street urchin messenger, with a chapter from his own point of view, and Mr Savage makes the reader all too aware of the seamier side of life beneath the period's veneer of respectability. I also enjoyed the amusing insight into the mysteriously competitive world of church bell ringing (yes, it sounds a bit obscure, but it's very well done), and the alternative views on the hypocrisy of formally accepted Christianity.
With regard to the plot itself, it is convincing, and unpredictable. I felt there were a few inconsistencies within the novel, and some repetition of fact that was not necessary, but the uncovering of the crime is dialogue-led, so this was perhaps unavoidable in some circumstances. The characters are the stars of this book; I'd love to see them in a novel other than a murder mystery, as I think they have potential for more. This is a most enjoyable novel, and I'm happy to recommend it.
Ashmole Foxe, a man about town and known for his foppish ways, moves easily through Georgian Norwich because of his ownership of a popular bookstore. He has also developed something of a nose for investigation. When a miserly, curmudgeonly undertaker and bell ringer is found with his throat cut, Foxe is sought out by the local grocer, Foxe’s friend Captain Brock, and Alderman Halloran to find the killer. There are more tracks to follow in the investigation than a dog has fleas: a group committed to a secret heresy, a son who betrayed his father, a house with deep and deadly secrets, a woman determined to protect the great passion of her life, a daughter scorned, and a group of bell ringers with axes to grind. Foxe has to unwind a web of lies, false leads, and decades-old deceits to find the killer.
There were no giveaway hints in this book, and I was kept guessing almost to the end. The characters are wonderfully individual, from the urchin whom Foxe befriended, with his own army of street minions, the widow who runs his store, to the seafaring Captain Brock, who may soon be landlocked by a woman. The Georgian world created by the author is authentic to minuscule details, and the reader is immediately immersed in its colorful activity. What I liked most about This Parody of Death was the growth of Foxe. He engages in serious self-examination about the nature of his life, his over-the-top fashion, and possible goals for the future. This character is truly three dimensional and real.
There are a few drawbacks I have noted before: some repetition, over-long discussions between characters and Foxe’s lengthy considerations. However, these are minor compared to the enjoyment of this read. Who knew I would learn about the mathematical patterns of the change-ringing of church bells?
I recommend this book as a great read, as are all of William Savage’s books.
Top reviews from other countries
These stories are set in Georgian Norwich, which adds an extra layer of enjoyment for readers who know the city and can imagine (or even recreate!) Foxe's journeys through its streets, but you don't have to know the area to appreciate them.
Savage continues to interweave Foxe's romantic vagaries with his detecting and Mrs Crombie's character continues to develop.
His Adam Bascom stories, set in Napoleonic North Norfolk, are excellent too.