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From the Charred Remains (Lucy Campion Mysteries #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  442 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
It’s 1666 and the Great Fire has just decimated an already plague-ridden London. Lady’s maid Lucy Campion, along with pretty much everyone else left standing, is doing her part to help the city clean up and recover. But their efforts come to a standstill when a couple of local boys stumble across a dead body that should have been burned up in the fire but miraculously rema ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Apr 19, 2014 Angie rated it did not like it
Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggh. As someone who loves historical mysteries, and can usually find SOMETHING nice to say about the media I consume, this was just.... Bland? Boring? The core mystery wouldn't be half bad if the prose had just been SLIGHTLY more interesting/descriptive/varying. Things happened too simply or too quickly. There wasn't enough characterization or build-up to evoke ANY sort of emotional response. The best I can say is that it was a relatively quick read.
Vinnie Hansen
Feb 27, 2015 Vinnie Hansen rated it really liked it
I don't read many historical mysteries. The strictures placed on a female protagonist of bygone eras can be irritating. However, From the Charred Remains gripped me with its opening scene where we find heroine Lucy Campion raking through the debris of the Great Fire of London. Author Susana Calkins, who has a doctorate in Bristish history, writes with fascinating detail of the time. I particularly liked the gossip, such as the fire started because 1666 was "the devil's year."

Perhaps sensing rea
Laura Lee
May 25, 2014 Laura Lee rated it it was amazing
Second in a series. Liked as much as the first, tho I think the first should be read first to get full enjoyment of this book, as is the case of many series. Lucy is apprentice to a printer and gets involved in a murder committed before the Great London Fire. Has lots of twists and turns. There is still that romance between Lucy and Adam, but Adam better make up his mind! There is someone else interested in Lucy, too. She's smart and feisty and I enjoyed the book very much.
Mar 15, 2014 Lorene rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
I picked up this galley at the Macmillan booth at PLA. I really liked the first book and was excited to read the second one a bit early. You don't have to read the first book to like the second one, but I would recommend it for continuity of the characters and the setting. From the Charred Remains had even more going on than Murder at Rosamund's Gate. A lot of characters and their family members brought a lot of action to the story. I love Lucy Campion! She reminds me of Nancy Drew. I highly rec ...more
Alicia Riley
May 31, 2017 Alicia Riley rated it did not like it
I'm disappointed with this book. What should of been fun historical fiction mystery set after the Great Fire in 1666 about servant name Lucy Campion helping to solve a murder instead turn about to be boring. I'm lucky to even get up to near page 160 before I gave up on this book.
Okay... I may read another if Susanna Calkins gets another published, but the painful anachronisms in the second of her Restoration England series are becoming more numerous. The feminist former chambermaid servant is now informally apprenticed to a full on publishing empire-in-a-box -- the author acknowledges that she combined several trades (and guilds) into one, 'to make the story more logical' or something like that. Thus, printers a) make their own ink; b) write their own copy; c) make thei ...more
May 11, 2014 Aimee rated it really liked it
Lucy Campion stumbles upon a grisly scene in the aftermath of the Great London Fire of 1666. A corpse has been discovered amid the rubble, strangely preserved, with a knife sticking out of its chest. When a bag of miscellaneous items turns up next to the corpse, Lucy's natural curiosity kicks in, and she can't resist using her connections and wit to assist Constable Duncan in solving this mystery. I liked this one well enough to go back and read the first in the series, and I look forward to mor ...more
An excellent mystery set in London just following the Great Fire, and second featuring servant, sleuth, and budding true crime writer Lucy Campion. Lovers of historical mysteries will find Campion fine company for rainy afternoons.
Oct 29, 2013 Jean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-series
Hurray for Susanna Calkins! Her second book presented a mystery that Agatha Christie would be envious of. It was not just one mystery but several! And add a little romance and you have a 5 star book! Loved it!
Sharmaine Ceballos
Jan 27, 2014 Sharmaine Ceballos rated it it was amazing
Sorry I goofed up!Didn't mean to do a one star!
Georgia Lengyel
Jul 20, 2013 Georgia Lengyel rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
This is a "can't put it down" book. Very good story line and also plausible.
Jan 21, 2014 Karen marked it as to-read
Looking forward to reading this second installment of a feisty educated woman!
Melissa Michelle
Jun 22, 2017 Melissa Michelle rated it it was amazing
Found a new author that I love and her book 📚 was amazing. I will be reading 📖 and looking out for more books 📚 from her humble desk!!!
Abby Pechin
May 22, 2017 Abby Pechin rated it liked it
Disappointing but a quick entertaining read.
Erin Al-Mehairi
Jun 11, 2014 Erin Al-Mehairi rated it it was amazing
This is book two in the series. In reading them all, you'll get to know Lucy better; however, these can also be read stand alone as Susanna does a wonderful job of including enough information that you won't be missing too much. And coming in April 2015, is her third book in the series, The Masque of a Murderer.

Lucy is a chambermaid, a former chambermaid as we read this book two of the series, and I was thrilled to see that she was taking on a different job, working at the print shop in publishi
Jan 24, 2017 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent second book in the Lucy Campion series set just after the events of the London fire in 1666. Lucy, her presence in the magistrate Hargreave's home now superfluous (she was lady's maid to the magistrate's wife, who died of plague) decides to seek employment and possible apprenticeship with the bookseller Master Avery. While he cannot grant her full apprenticeship, he does offer employment and a flat that she and her brother Will, a blacksmith's apprentice, can share. Of course she le ...more
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Laura Carter
Jun 13, 2014 Laura Carter rated it it was ok
I didn't realize this book was the second in the series until I started reading it and it was giving back history like I should know what happened. And then when I looked up the first in the series, I realized I had read that one also, although I don't remember much about it.

The book was slow. Painfully slow. There would be pages describing her everyday movements and then the adventurous, intense parts would be so short I would have to re-read them to understand what happened. And maybe it was
Apr 16, 2014 Daphne rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. This is the second in a series, and the genre is a bit hard to describe. It's a historical mystery, but it's more of a cozy-type mystery than, say, a historical mystery by Anne Perry or C.J. Sansom. While the historical detail is impressive, some details, such as the feminism implied in the respect and support Lucy generally commands from her male counterparts, feel more modern than the time period of the story. It's 1666, just a ...more
Oct 09, 2014 Spotsalots added it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
I was drawn to the idea of a mystery set in the London of 1666, but while this is a largely pleasant read with an appealing heroine/sleuth, I found the anachronisms and poor proofreading quite jarring. I don't really care whether the author knows the difference between "wretch" and "retch" or "throngs" and "throes," but it's the publisher's job to make sure authorial misspellings are rooted out. Such infelicities, however, are small matters compared to getting enough historical details wrong tha ...more
Jun 14, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it
It is 1666 and London is reeling from the great fire that destroyed a good part of the city. Lucy Campion is helping clear rubble from the fire when two young boys discover the body of a man, stabbed through the chest and stuffed in a wine barrel. She has apprenticed herself to a local bookseller and hawks the story to the public including a poem that was found with the body. This poem begins to draw attention and soon Lucy is accosted by a man who wants the things that were found with the poem. ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
4.5 stars...I've read alot of the reviews and I really just think that some people just take everything way too seriously. I saw alot of people were criticizing the historical accuracy etc. etc. To me, fiction means it's not true so the authors can take whatever liberties they choose. If readers want complete historical accuracy then they need to stick with a non-fiction book!!! Anyways, I liked the book. I read to escape and for fun, not to nit- pick every little historical detail. The mystery ...more
Nancy Reynolds
May 25, 2015 Nancy Reynolds rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this second Lucy Campion story. It picks up where the first book left off - immediately after the 1666 fire of London. (Note: you absolutely do NOT need to have read the first to enjoy this new story.) I loved the unique idea of using a poem to assist and inspire Lucy to solve the identity of the murder victim discovered in the early part of the book. There is so much going on in Lucy's life - and it's a joy to see her grow and evolve throughout this book. I now must move on ...more
Nov 22, 2015 Lynn rated it liked it
Set in London after the Great Fire of 1666. I found the setting and time period quite interesting as normally when we read about this era it is from the view of royals or the upper class. This story centers around a maid who takes on solving a murder along with the local constable. This was a well crafted and involved story with a satisfying solution and many twists and turns along the way. I didn't realize this was the second in a series when I picked it up, and there are many references to eve ...more
Katherine Scott
Feb 06, 2015 Katherine Scott rated it really liked it
Beautifully crafted, well researched, well written novel. Good pacing, good detail. Especially liked the final page of this book and can almost hear the author's family saying this to her: enough writing about dead bodies for awhile. There is a lot of living still to be done. I enjoyed getting to know Lucy Campion in the first book and continued to like her with this one. Well done Susanna Calkins.
Dan Radovich
Sep 10, 2014 Dan Radovich rated it liked it
I enjoyed the second visit with Lucy Campion - especially after meeting Susie Calkins and hearing about her writing process. (She is a very nice person and loves talking about books, history, writing). The license that she may take with some historical details does not bother me, and it was very easy to get into this mystery, just like her debut novel. I look forward to more of Lucy's adventures.
Apr 23, 2014 Christine rated it it was ok
Shelves: hf-mystery
This did not flow for me, the last book from this author was such a wonderful story that was rich with the character relationships and you did not even realize there was a mystery as well.
From the charred remains tries too hard to be a mystery. False leads waste time and makes the reader frustrated.
I am not a mystery reader, but the 1st book in this series didn't read like a mystery.
Sybil Johnson
May 19, 2016 Sybil Johnson rated it it was amazing
Excellent historical mystery that takes place right after the Great Fire of London in 1666. A body is found in a barrel by a burned down tavern. I know little about this time period. Found this very interesting.

The protagonist is interesting and engaging, a former servant who is now an unofficial printer's apprentice.
Mar 31, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
The second book is as good as the first. The jump from maid to printer's apprentice required only a small suspension of disbelief. But it works for the series. It gets Lucy out of the house and into the world where things happen.
I am pleased the Quakers remain a presence in the stories. Hopefully they will come to the forefront in one of the books to come.
May 10, 2015 Johnna rated it did not like it
I gave up in the first chapter when the author mentioned a burnt pianoforte. Twice. The inventor of the pianoforte was only 11 when the Great Fire happened, so it's pretty unlikely that they would be prevalent. Or existent. Yes, that's picky, but I feel like someone writing a historical novel should try to do a little research :)
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Feb 21, 2015 08:06PM  
  • The Thames River Murders (Captain Lacey, #10)
  • Murder In The Afternoon (Kate Shackleton, #3)
  • Antidote to Murder (Dr Dody McCleland, #2)
  • A Grave Matter (Lady Darby, #3)
  • Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble (Miss Dimple Kilpatrick #4)
  • City of Darkness and Light (Molly Murphy Mysteries, #13)
  • Home by Nightfall (Charles Lenox Mysteries, #9)
  • When Falcons Fall (Sebastian St. Cyr, #11)
  • The Impersonator (Roaring Twenties Mystery, #1)
  • Fatal Enquiry (Barker & Llewelyn, #6)
  • The Harlot's Tale (Midwife Mysteries, #2)
  • A Gilded Grave (Newport Gilded Age, #1)
  • A Perilous Undertaking (Veronica Speedwell, #2)
SUSANNA CALKINS became fascinated with seventeenth-century England while pursuing her doctorate in British history. A former pirate, she once served on the Golden Hinde--a museum replica of Sir Frances Drake's ship--now dry docked in the Thames. Originally from Philadelphia, Calkins now lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two sons. The Murder at Rosamund's Gate, featuring Lucy Campion, i ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Lucy Campion Mysteries (4 books)
  • A Murder at Rosamund's Gate  (Lucy Campion Mysteries, #1)
  • The Masque of a Murderer (Lucy Campion Mysteries, #3)
  • A Death Along the River Fleet (Lucy Campion Mysteries, #4)

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