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(Mercia Blakewood #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  128 ratings  ·  21 reviews
The treacherous times of the Restoration are brought to startling life in an exciting new historical crime series.
1664. Four years after Charles II is restored to the throne, Mercia Blakewood stands to lose everything: her father to the executioner’s axe, her freedom to her treacherous uncle, her son to his resentful grandparents. But when her father leaves her a cryptic
Hardcover, 381 pages
Published July 21st 2016 by Allison & Busby
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Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A well paced read with great characters. The historical backdrop was interesting and I enjoyed finding out more about the founding of New York. I have read quite a lot of historical fiction set in England, so it was refreshing to read a book partly set in America- the history of which I know little about.
This is a great first novel. I am thankful I was lucky enough to win a copy. I will be passing it on to friends, who I hope will appreciate the story as much as I did. I will also be keeping an
Jun 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thoroughly entertaining historical adventure set in 1664 that divides its time between Restoration England, a sea voyage and the Americas.

Margaret Bamford
Interesting historical novel about a lady who is trying to regain the rightful inheritance for her son by finding some lost paintings that will put her in the Kings favour. Realistic descriptions of the living conditions of the times.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It started out really good , but near the end it kind of lost its intrigue.
Peter Turner
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced, full of action and plenty of intrigue. A very well written, and researched, first novel. There were a few places where literary licence was obviously in place but it added to the overall enjoyment of the story. The characters were believable and well cast with interesting and very individual personalities and the historical facts were both enlightening and interesting. Looking forward to moving on to the next book in the trilogy, strongly recommended read
Ros Burrage
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good historical drama, me. I'm not bothered about the dates of things in history, I'm not a History Professor, I just love the adventure of being back in time. The heroine in this novel stopped at nothing to secure her son the future he was promised. She was a woman out of time. For once I was not disappointed by the ending of a story! Bravo, Mr Hingley! I'm very often left feeling disappointed after a wild chase of a book, followed by a rather wet ending. Not so here! It kept me grippe ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it
The historical setting of the story was very interesting, but I am afraid that I was not convinced by the plot. Too many things happened that I could not believe. I liked Mercia, but doubt whether many of her actions would have been possible, especially at that time.
The book is beautifully produced, a very attractive volume, which makes it a pleasure to read.

I received the book as a Goodreads giveaway.
Kathy Sharp
This adventure/mystery set at the restoration of the monarchy – quite an unusual historical period to choose, and not unwelcome for that – romped along on both sides of the Atlantic. I felt overall that there was a little too much plot – and plotting. This was borne out when I reached the denouement and had to read it twice to work out exactly who the villains of the piece actually were. Or maybe I just wasn’t paying sufficient attention. An entertaining read, regardless.
David In
Dec 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the worst book I have ever finished. The language is stilted and historically inaccurate, and the narrative completely misrepresents the era.

Shudder. Why did I do this to myself?
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I won my copy of Birthright from Goodreads.

An enjoyable historical crime novel.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I received this book as a giveaway and it was a delight to read - I would not have regretted buying this book myself.

The story takes place in the 17th century, and while it is mainly a fiction, the historical background makes for interesting reading.

The book is a mixture of whodunit and action and mystery. The main character is a woman who has to fight against the then manly views of what women can achieve.

Having now finished the book and having a full view of the plot and the writing, I think
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note- This review is being written a few months after finishing the boom due to me not being as active on the site. Therefore my initial opinions may have changed and I may have forgotten some of the details and initial ideas I had. That being said...
This book may just be one of my favorite reading discoveries of the last few months. I brought the book from a bookstore in Newquay which sold books for relatively cheap prices. The cover drew me in and as a result of the discounted price I ended up
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I was given a free copy of this book by Goodreads but this opinion is my own.

I thought that this was a really great book. The story tells of Mercia, a widow with a young son, who is trying to trace paintings (The Oxford Section) that were thought to have been burned long ago. If she can find out what really happened to The Oxford Section she may be able to reclaim her family home which has been taken from her by her dastardly uncle upon the demise (beheading) of her father. Her uncle is also try
Anita H
Loved it!
Regina Cattus
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Goodreads giveaway!!! Beautiful cover, though sadly too tall for my bookcase.
If you're looking for a badass yet believable heroine, look no further (or at least pause to look at this one). Mercia is like an early and relatively passive feminist. I'm actually quite impressed by how Hingley handled the character - whenever I see a guy's name on the front of a book in which the main protagonist is female, I can't help but be on my guard for a thoroughly unbelievable character, but Mercia wasn't too
Alison Lloyd
Set in England in the atermath of the English Civil War and the early days of the North American colonies, the setting had intrigue and adventure aplenty, and felt historically sound. Mercia is a likeable protagonist, although perhaps stretches seventeent century convention a tad past bellievability for a gentlewoman. Sometimes the pacing of the narrative wasn't quite right - a storm blows up out of nowhere without foreshadowing, for example. Similarly the romantic tension wasn't well-maintained ...more
Mia-rosa Green
A strange read because I found myself hooked to the storyline however constantly cringing at the dialogue and writing style. I like Mercia and I think she's a strong character, however, her interactions with Nicholas and Nathan were just a bit wet. I was also rather bored with the attention to random detail that didn't have anything to do with atmosphere or plot. But I did enjoy the story and wanted to finish it so I knew how it ended. ...more
Fabulous historical fiction. I loved the detail which made the time period come alive. I loved the main character. It was brilliant to have a really awesome female lead. I also loved the mystery element to the story.
nikkia neil
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's always good to have a women as the lead in a historical mystery! ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I won this book on a goodread giveaway. Brilliant first novel he twisted facts with fiction
magnificently and held the storyline. Bring on more I'm intrigued. Many thanks
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David Hingley was born in the English Midlands. After a Spanish and Russian degree at the University of Manchester, he headed south to London to work for a decade in government. In 2013 he moved to New York, where he wrote his debut novel Birthright. He has also lived in Paris, on the literary Left Bank. In addition to his love of history, he has a passion for travel, including a number of road-tr ...more

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