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A Death Along the River Fleet

(Lucy Campion Mysteries #4)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  367 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Lucy Campion, a ladies' maid turned printer's apprentice in 17th-century London, is crossing Holborn Bridge over the most vile portion of the River Fleet one morning when she encounters a distraught young woman, barely able to speak and clad only in a blood-spattered nightdress. The woman has no memory of who she is or what's happened to her, and the townspeople believe sh ...more
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Published April 12th 2016 by Minotaur Books
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Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This was a great historical British mystery, set primarily in London in the 17th century. Incidentally, it is also part of series (I have not read the others) which I will definitely seek out. I had no trouble following the storyline without prior knowledge of the characters, but I assume it would be that much better to those who do follow it.

Our heroine is Lucy Campion and is a former maid and current Printer's Apprentice. She's a strong female lead. While on the job she happens upon
John W.
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A DEATH ALONG THE RIVER FLEET places Lucy Campion in London around 1667 just after the Great London Fire. Calkins helps readers understand the challenges of people rebuilding their lives. She introduces her protagonist Lucy Campion, a printer’s apprentice who is a strong fearless young woman looking to make her mark in the world. Lucy’s backstory shows readers, Lucy’s inquisitive nature with instincts to solve things she doesn’t understand. Calkins places readers when Lucy finds a young woman wa ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A Death Along the River Fleet is the first book I have read by Susanna Calkins and probably the first historical fiction book I have read that takes place soon after the great London fire. The title of the book, the cover and the premise really drew me in. I was completely absorbed in the story from the very beginning.

I’d have to say that Lucy Campion is now one of my favorite female heroines. She is strong, intelligent,
Alyssa Maxwell
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In this murder mystery that at times reads like a ghost story and at other times a psychological thriller, Lucy Campion struggles against the realities of life in 1600s London to solve the mystery of an injured woman with amnesia, whom she finds wandering near the ravages of the Great Fire. As in the earlier books, Lucy continues to be a smart, strong heroine who understands the social barriers of the times well enough to find ways of getting around them without landing herself in stocks. She is ...more
Lucy, a printer’s apprentice, is crossing Holborn Bridge one foggy morning when out of the fog there appears a wild woman that looks as if she is a ghost. Lucy is immediately frightened about what she has seen, but after she recovers she realizes that she is an injured and distraught young woman. Lucy takes her to the physician’s house, who immediately takes her in and cares for her. Soon, both Lucy and the physician have questions regarding this unknown woman. The unknown woman has no memory of ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the last novel at least at this point in the series. I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit… The series I mean… As always I found the contents of each novel in the series interesting. This novel focuses on the treatment of a woman with memory loss and epilepsy. Granted that’s not the central focus of the story but it is a main focus. The plug itself was also very well done. I have to say that I was hoping for a specific romantic outcome but I’m not going to tell you exactly which one it was I was h ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

This story was a great addition to the Lucy Campion Series. I still love Lucy and all of the mysteries she manages to fall into. The mystery was well done and I loved how Lucy and Duncan went about solving it. Speaking of Lucy and Duncan I was a bit surprised that Adam took such a backseat in this book. In the last couple of books it has been a bit of a love triangle between Adam, Lucy, and Duncan and one I honestly didn't mind because the author wrote it so well. So it makes me wonder
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book from Goodreads Giveaways for an honest review.

This historical novel set in the 17th century was a bit dark, but very interesting. When a laidies' maid encounters a strange woman on a bridge, her life turns upside down. The strange woman seems to be unaware of what has happened to her and the story about how and why she ended up on this bridge covered in blood. Lucy's determination to uncover the truth shows how medicine and folklore were intertwined during the 17th century.
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed this series set in seventeenth-century London during the time immediately after the Great Fire of 1666. I'm not sure if this fourth book is the last book in the series or not (it was published 4 years ago, so possibly it is) but it did end in a place that left me satisfied with the main character's future and with another interesting mystery, this one dealing with a young woman afflicted with "the falling sickness" (what epilepsy was called at the time) and with Bedlam. ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Death Along the River Fleet was a well crafted story that had me guessing what the outcome would be till the very end. As an avid reader of historic mysteries, this is one of the best I have read in a while.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel-research
Combining all my sweet spots - mystery, historical, female protagonist, and especially now, research - roughly my time in English history, or actually before it, but close enough to be worth it. Even if it wasn't, I'd definitely be reading more of this series. ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lucy Campion thinks she is seeing an apparition rising from the rubble of the Great London Fire of 1667. It turns out to be a woman in a nightdress, covered in blood and unsure who she is. Excellent story
Eileen Sateriale
An interesting historical fiction mystery. I learned about some London historical landmarks.
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was not impressed with this book. It dragged on and the plot was not a good one. The only redeeming quality was Lucy making a decision about her love life.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Mystery set in 17th century London. Not a page turner.
Lyn Soulia-Smith
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved the story line but disappointed in the way this book ended :-(
Victoria Grusing
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good series with character development and lots of research of time period.
Carole Fox
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A light and entertaining mystery story, well told. The historical setting and the behavior of the characters from different levels of society according to the customs of the time added to the appeal of the book.
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Just as I settled in to the well-drawn atmosphere, a bloodied, distraught, and questionable figure stumbles across the scene. This author has such a lovely ease of narration that I did not realize the moment I was swept away into the sights and sounds until my feet were firmly planted on the grimy streets of 17th Century London.

The language is believable for the time and place, and you’ll find clear plot questions, misdirection, gentle layers of atmosphere and historical tone, and intriguing sur
Frances McNamara
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Susanna is an author I know from the Chicago mystery writer groups I belonged to before moving back to Boston. I saw her at Malice Domestic and purchased the latest Lucy Campion book. I enjoy these books that show London right around the time of the Great Fire. I hadn’t been to London until a couple of years ago and when I did go, I realized how very 18th century it seemed compared to Paris or Rome. Of course, that’s because of the fire and the rebuilding of the city from late 17th into 18th cen ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Minotaur, a publisher I rely on for good historical mysteries, has presented readers with another winner: Susanna Calkins’ A Death Along the River Fleet. Our heroine, Lucy Campion, is in the unusual position of being a female printer’s apprentice in 17th-Century London. Calkins depicts the time period effectively. Although a female printer’s apprentice may appear something of an anomaly, Lucy Campion, as presented, feels genuine. She recognizes her position as unusual and has worked hard to achi ...more
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Historical details, mystery, suspense . . .a page turner.
Cloak & Dagger. This fourth installment in the Lucy Campion Mysteries series has given me an appreciation of the Historical Mystery. I think that this was more due to the fact that the female lead was not what I was expecting.

Lucy and Constable Duncan make a good team with the investigation of this young woman and what had become of her. Calki
I selected this for the 2017 PopSugar Ultimate Reading Challenge prompt "a book you bought on a trip." I picked this one up at a mystery conference I attended the previous year and hadn't had a chance to read it. This was the second book in the series that I've read and certainly won't be my last. The two that I've read so far worked well as stand-alones, but I look forward to reading the earlier offerings in the series to see how it all began and hope that additional books are planned. The book ...more
Marie Z. Johansen
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have become a true fan of Sussana Calkins!

Her books are always packed with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and fully engaged as you turn the pages. Her work is well based in historical facts and she always includes a "historical notes" section at the back- which I always look forward to reading.

Lucy Campion, our protagonist, her suitors, wealthy Adam Hargrave and constable Duncan are all back again in "A Death Along The River Fleet". Lucy stumbles upon a mysterious woman who has n
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Lucy Campion I have read, but it was easy to gather the relations between the main, repeating characters due to the comments dropped (done rightly, not overdone) about the back story. Lucy is an intelligent, ambitious, young woman who wants to be a printer, something not done in the 1700's, certainly not commonly. Intelligent, but somewhat impulsive and warm-hearted, she takes some risks (Noooo, Lucy! Do not open that door!), but very likable. I did not guess the criminal so Ca ...more
Mar 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Lucy Campion is a very lucky girl for her day and age. Less than a year after the Great Fire of London, Lucy has a comfortable home and a position as a printer’s apprentice. Two men are vying for her heart. And she’s allowed to exercise her mind when mysteries come across her path. In A Death Along the River Fleet, the fourth Lucy Campion mystery, a puzzle arrives in the form of a woman in white who has lost her memory...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type. I received a free copy of thi
A Holland Reads
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a good historical mystery book. I liked how it included the London Fire and thanks to the author's historical detail I felt as if I learned a little more while enjoying this story. It was also nice how the author gives us a little glimpse into each of the characters lives so we can get to know them a little better. Lucy does her best to find out the mystery behind the woman she finds wandering the streets in a bloody shift. As the story progresses we find more secrets which help the sto ...more
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
On a really generous day I might give the book a 2.5. First book I've read by this author.

My complaint is that it reads more like a juvenile/young adult novel. This is especially true the way everything just coincidentally works out for the heroine for how else would the story be conveyed (Ugh). I do not believe, that in the time frame of the book, Lucy would have been so lucky as to be included in all the discussions and investigating.

My other complaint is that throwing words such as mayhap an
Katherine Scott
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Greatly enjoyed this fourth installment of Lucy Campion. Lucy is such a likable heroine and the author does a great job with plot and atmospheric details. Specifically, this book spoke to me as one of its main characters battles epilepsy, which has touched my family in a personal way. It was interesting and very sad to see how the disease was treated historically. Lucy's usual cast of characters played only a small role, although the love triangle story line was moved forward. I would have liked ...more
Eileen Hall
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A riveting story set in 17th. Century London, about a woman who is found in mysterious circumstances, the attempts to piece together her life and how she came to be in such dire need.
The river Fleet in the title has long since disappeared and part of it has been buried under what is now Fleet Street.
This is an atmospheric tale of life in a London long gone and Susanna paints an intriguing picture.
Very highly recommended.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher St. Martin's Press
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SUSANNA CALKINS, author of the award-winning Lucy Campion series, holds a PhD in history and teaches at the college level. Her historical mysteries have been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha awards, among many others, and The Masque of a Murderer received a Macavity. Originally from Philadelphia, Calkins now lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons.

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