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The Revenge Of Captain Paine (A Pyke Mystery #2)

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  146 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
It is 1834, and with the birth of the Industrial Revolution, railway fever sweeps the country. Pyke is uneasy with the luxury his aristocratic marriage has brought him, and when he is asked to unofficially investigate a decapitation in Cambridgeshire, he can not resist the chance to resuscitate the old skills he learned on the streets. But with the industrial world comes a ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published August 9th 2007 by Orion Publishing
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Gordon Chambers
Sep 24, 2010 Gordon Chambers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
..A great read. I for one was left guessing as to who Captsin Paine was until it was obvious near the end. Highly recommended. Pepper is becoming one of my favourite authors.
Tim Chaplin
Dec 30, 2010 Tim Chaplin rated it it was amazing
This is the sequel to the Last Days of Newgate. Pyke is living in the countryside with his wife Emily and son Felix but he is not happy with his new life. He soon finds himself caught up in another murder investigation using his previous experiences as a Bow Street runner when a headless corpse is found in Cambridgeshire. A woman from his past is also about to unsettle him in his new privileged life.

He is once again caught up in a web of intrigue as he must take on the new wealthy industrialist
Ketki Saxena
Aug 28, 2015 Ketki Saxena rated it really liked it
A fast paced thriller set in Industrial pre Victorian London, set against the coming onslaught of the future, in the backdrop like the threat and throttle of the railways. The novel lays bare and explores the heavy industrial underside of progress, of Bankers, bow street runners, and the crude moralities of 19th century London Town
Donna Jo Atwood
Jul 30, 2009 Donna Jo Atwood rated it liked it
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This is the second book of a series about Pyke, an ex-Bow Street Runner. The first dealt with his acquiring a wife and money. This one deals with his life as a banker and the early days of railroads in Great Briton. The book is gritty, fairly violent, and way too long.
We have a threat to Princess Victoria (this is two years before she comes to the throne) by her mother's secretary and the Duke of Cumberland. We have a threat to public safety with the rise of unions, and we have a threat to perso
Catherine Vickers
May 08, 2013 Catherine Vickers rated it it was amazing
Oh I love this author's works. Book 2 is just as good Book 1 and I can't wait to get a chance to read Book 3. Great scenery setting, the poverty, the dirtiness, the unhappiness, the weather and muddy roads - Andrew P just knows how to involve the reader and I really felt the atmosphere of his settings. A bit of dirty politics going on but not too imposing. Main character is a real tough guy with a mean streak but clearly the tough life has made him what he is. Some great twists to this plot. One ...more
Jul 13, 2013 edifanob rated it it was amazing
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The second book in the Pyke mystery series is an absolutely great read and while other people complain it is too long with more than 500 pages, I find the content fit to the length.

This book is much more then a pure murder mystery. It is a great mix of murder mystery, Pyke's biography, historical and altenate history events, introduction into economy and a secret ode to London.

I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Apr 14, 2011 Veronica rated it it was ok
I was disappointed with this novel as I found it much too long and it seemed to take me forever to read. The protagonist is very violent which seemed to contradict his present position in society. Yes, he is a former Bow Street Runner but when you are dealing with bankers and the prime minister, I think one should attempt to handle situations without brute force. Can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear!
Craig Andrews
The second Pyke Mystery in which Pyke is still a bit too spiteful and horrid to be a likeable anti-hero. Very unexpected ending though, definitely worth reading but if you want this type of book but with a more Sharpe-esque heroic quality then check out…
John William Boundy
Sep 15, 2013 John William Boundy rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book, possibly even more than the first one in the series, The Last days of Newgate. The plot developed well building to a great conclusion. The description of London in the 1830's was very evocative.
Dec 25, 2008 Jo rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read even if it was easy to identify who 'Captain Paine' was from the start
Jul 03, 2016 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this . Was quite blood thirsty , but I expected that.
Mar 10, 2011 Deanne rated it really liked it
Pyke, definately someone you'd want to get on the wrong side of.
Michael Arnold
Jun 09, 2013 Michael Arnold rated it it was amazing
Better even than the first instalment
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Andrew Pepper lives in Belfast where he is a lecturer in English at Queen's University.
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