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The Frost Fair (Christopher Redmayne #4)

3.81  ·  Rating Details  ·  147 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The Frozen River Thames gives up its secrets.

Christmas, 1669. In the grip of the coldest winter for years, the Thames is frozen from bank to bank and London celebrates with the traditional Frost Fair held on its broad back. Among the throng are Christopher Redmayne, an ambitious young architect, and his good friend, Constable Jonathan Bale. But the pair make a chilling dis
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Published March 14th 2011 by Allison & Busby (first published 2003)
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Feb 13, 2014 Gerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Thames is frozen over, the ice exceedingly deep, the frost fair is in all its glory, the crowds throng around the stalls to see what is on offer and Christopher Redmayne, an architect, and his friend Jonathan Bale, a police constable, are among the onlookers. Bale's two young sons are also present, enjoying the thrill of skating.

One of the boys falls but he emits a piercing scream and it transpires that there is a dead body embedded in the ice. Who is it? Has he simply fell in and drowned or
Jul 12, 2015 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Continuing the story of Christopher Redmayne (this is actually the book that comes prior to the Parliment House I read earlier this year), this book delves into some family dynamics as we are introduced to his pleasure seeking brother who is accused of murdering a fencing master. London politics are slightly explored with discussions on the right of the King, the role and rights of forgieners, however Marston masterfully slips small details into the story without making them feel preachy or over ...more
Wayne Farmer
Another enjoyable read in the Christopher Redmayne series, however for the first time this loses a star. The reason for this is that I found the circumstances all a bit too contrived and over-coincidental - Firstly it is Jonathan Bale's son who finds the corpse and then it is his friend Christopher's brother Henry who is the main suspect in the murder, and this follows on from the previous book where Henry was also in the thick of the murderous plot. While I can allow that Henry's lifestyle is s ...more
Nov 24, 2011 Sidney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read about this novel in the Rough Guide to Crime Fiction and was intrigued by its use of a frost fair, events held spontaneously in London over many years when the Thames froze. The frost fair is well realized, but only one chapter is devoted to it as the story's beginning. The mystery takes off from there readily, however. Architect Christopher Redmayne's brother proves to be the acquaintance of the Italian fencing master found frozen in the ice, and the sibling's soon locked up in Newgate p ...more
Jules Jones
I bought this because it was by the same author as the Railway Detective series, which I'd found enjoyable at the "read once" level. This is the fourth in the Restoration series, a mystery series about architect Christopher Redmayne and constable Jonathan Bale, set in Restoration London in the years following the Great Fire of 1666. I haven't previously read any in this series, but found that this worked well as a standalone, with enough backstory worked in to be able to follow who people were.[ ...more
Rosie Read
An unwanted book passed on to me by my father, 'The Frost Fair' definitely isn't my usual type. While I love a good crime novel this sedate little mystery was a bit different.

I throughly enjoyed the setting of the novel, just three years after the Great Fire of London when London was undergoing one of its biggest shifts. The novel is peppered with enough historical detail to keep you firmly planted in the 17th century, however this is almost always superficial with very little depth. I was most
Jun 02, 2010 Frostling rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Murder mystery set in 1669. The brother of architect Christopher Redmayne is accused of having murdered an Italian fencing teacher. Follows a dull investigation (as the same people are visited over and over again) led by Christopher and his friend, Constable Jonathan Bale.

This is a book I wished I had not touched. Too many details are told and not shown, robbing the readers of the historical atmosphere of London after the Great Fire. It is also let down considerably by numerous spelling mistakes

A pleasant read. I liked the main characters, Christopher Redmayne & Jonathan Bale.
Aug 11, 2012 Cat. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, history
This is a volume in Marston's series that follows Henry Redmayne, architect, who is helping to rebuild London just after the Great Fire (in 1666). In this one, his brother is accused of murdering his former fencing instructor and thrown into Newgate Prison. Also, Henry has developed a relationship with a young woman, which is placed in jeopardy because of his brother's arrest. He must clear his brother's name as well as his own while continuing to pursue his career.

Which, of course, he does, wit
Jun 29, 2010 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A tolerable mystery set in 1669 London. The city is less a character than in Shardlake or Stephenson's Baroque Cycle - this focuses on the team of an architect and a Puritan constable. I appreciated the positively portrayed Puritan (probably why it gets three stars), but the entire story felt a bit constrained in its narrow circle of operation. It lacked the depth of other historical novels (like those noted above) and the dialogue was wooden and overdone. The main characters were likable, but t ...more
Dec 10, 2010 Atra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christmas 1669, the River Thames is frozen from bank to bank and London celebrates with Frost Fair held on its broad back...and then a frozen corpse is discovered embedded in the ice.
Even so it is a murder mystery I would qualify this book as light reading.
Very good story and characters.I could not put it down and finished the book within two days.
Sep 27, 2010 Trawets rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Frost Fair by Edward Marston is a rollicking detective story set in London in 1669. Virtually no sex, in fact I can't even remember a kiss and very little graphic violence but great twists and turns in the plot, all made it a good read for me.
A different series in a different time period from this prolific author. There is an underlying consistency of voice through all the different series, but each has a unique flavor, and I like all of them.
Carole Moran
Sep 26, 2013 Carole Moran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
See write-up on the first book in this six novel series, The Kings Evil.
Feb 20, 2008 Vickie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
BOT, okay only at first, it got better as it went.
Jun 29, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best of series so far
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A pseudonym used by Keith Miles
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