From the Charred Remains (Lucy Campion Mysteries, #2)
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From the Charred Remains (Lucy Campion Mysteries #2)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  64 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Weeks after the Great Fire ravaged London, Lucy Campion—formerly a chambermaid, now a printer’s apprentice—is helping dig through the ashes of an old tavern, when a body is found stuffed into an old malt barrel, a knife through his chest. On the corpse is a small leather bag, promptly pickpocketed by a passing thief, and passed accidentally to Lucy. Inside the bag, Lucy di...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Minotaur Books
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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.
Laura Lee
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.
Apr 18, 2014 Lorene rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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
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
Laura Carter
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...more
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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.
Jan 21, 2014 Karen marked it as to-read
Looking forward to reading this second installment of a feisty educated woman!
Sharmaine Ceballos
Sorry I goofed up!Didn't mean to do a one star!
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
This was a great yarn! Quite exciting, with various facts about changing cultural roles as a result of the Great Plague and London Fire in the 1660s
Paul T
Enough anachronisms to be troubling, but Gilbert and Sullivan plot line made reading it a romp.
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.
Mary Beth
This was a very good story. This was set right after the great fire in London. It was very interesting and full of historical references. I was a bit surprised by the murderer though. It was definitely not expected. I look forward to the next one in this 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!
Kathy Gronau
I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't a quick read. Not that it was difficult or involved, but more that parts were a bit hard to believe. Overall though, it was an engaging book.
Georgia Lengyel
This is a "can't put it down" book. Very good story line and also plausible.
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