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A Conspiracy of Violence by Susanna Gregory
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Nov 23, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 2011
Read from November 23 to December 01, 2011

Another wannabe Sansom?

While i have read a few of her Matthew Bartholomew series and found them to be interesting, this 1st one of Chaloner is way below par...

Chaloner is an ex English Spy who was earlier in Holland during Cromwells's time, but has fallen from grace since the restoration, and is struggling to make a living in london now.

the story's biggest problem is that there seems to be no central mystery, and we seem to stumble along a tale filled with n no of small incidents - there are more murders than you can count, and all done v v casually w/o any repurcussions for the murder.

The hero (Chaloner) is the most un hero like figure that you will ever see - he cant hit anything when taking aim, but kills villains when he just tosses empty guns at them (yeah, its true), and has no one he can trust. Indeed, how he solves the mystery at last moment is more of a mystery than anything else!

Also, at 500 pages, this was a tad too long.

Avoidable!
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