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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

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.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

A Conspiracy of Violence

A Conspiracy of Violence - Susanna Gregory

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.)