Just another GR refugee. Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.
A Conspiracy of Violence is an entertaining spy story set in restoration London. The year: 1662. Our narrator, Thomas Chaloner, the nephew of one of the regicides (the men who signed Charles I's death sentence), a veteran of the battle of Naseby, and an out-of-work spy. He had been for a decade an agent of Cromwell's government in the Netherlands, spying on the Dutch, and reporting to Cromwell's Secretary of State and chief spy-master, Mr. Thurloe.
These days, Cromwell is dead, Charles II is back in London, and so is Thomas Chaloner, though using another name, as it is not a safe thing to be associated with a regicide - especially for a retired spy, and one who wants to get back in the game. He has brought to London the woman he hopes to marry, a Dutch woman named Metje. He is poor due to only spotty work, and his attempts to get a job from the royal government are complicated by someone attempting to kill Mr. Thurloe, who is retired but still has many connections (and enemies).
And then we are off on a twisty tale of spies, murder, attempted murder, wild animals on the loose, Puritans and reprobates, conspirators in places high and low, and a hunt for a treasure hidden in the Tower of London. It does a good job of capturing the period's atmosphere.
Unfortunately, no plague. Maybe in the next one in the series, which I will be looking out for.
(Note: 3.5/4 stars. Still a little indecisive on rating.)