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The Turn of Midnight

(Black Death #2)

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As the year 1349 approaches, the Black Death continues its devastating course across England. In Dorseteshire, the quarantined people of Develish question whether they are the only survivors.

Guided by their beloved young mistress, Lady Anne, they wait, knowing that when their dwindling stores are finally gone they will have no choice but to leave. But where will they find

Kindle Edition, 472 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by Allen & Unwin
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Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
The Turn Of Midnight is the much anticipated follow up to Minette Walters The Last Hours. Book 1 announced the arrival of the dreaded Black Death which started in the coastal town of Melcombe and quickly spread through Dorsetshire and surrounding counties. The follow up examines the aftermath, bringing with it, it’s own unique set of problems.

As the year 1349 approaches, the people of Develish have been under quarantine for some time now, a measure taken by their beloved mistress Lady Anne. Here
Kylie D
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The captivating sequel to "The Last Hours" sees Thaddeus and his men scouring the countryside, searching for information about the pestilence that has afflicted Dorsetshire, as well as seeking out food and goods to secure Develish's future. However, not all goes to plan, and an unexpected betrayal puts not only Lady Anne and Thaddeus' plans in jeopardy, but could also cost them their lives.

I really enjoyed this book. Minette Walters has set a scene so convincing that you are invested in her char
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have recently read The Black Death which had me keenly anticipating this, the sequel, which proves to be a more than a worthy follow up as it explores the repercussions of the plague. Minette Walters is a marvellous story teller in this tense, full of intrigue and conflict with this wonderful book of the medieval era. She supports the tale with her impeccable research, giving us rich descriptions of the period, evoking vivid atmosphere, and providing a thoughtful social and political commentar ...more
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I would like to thank the Author, Atlantic Books and Netgalley for providing me generously with ARC in exchange for my honest review*
The Turn of Midnight is the second opening by Minette Walters which continues with the story of the Black Death in the 14th century England. The second novel begins when the first one ends, but focuses now on the social consequences of the demise of thousands of people. In 1349 the plague still kills people, however, other issues arise in the wake of it. The probl
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
"It's hard to make decisions for yourself when your life has been lived in obedience to others."

The Turn of Midnight continues the fast-paced storyline from The Last Hours. It's 1349 and the Black Death has ravished the English countryside leveling both prince and pauper in its aftermath. Disease seems to find its vicious, deadly course upon the flesh of either.

We return to Dorseteshire to the quarantined people of Develesh. Their highly capable mistress is Lady Anne who toils day and night in t
Thaddeus Thurkell took five young men – boys really – with him from the demesne of Develish to scour the countryside of Dorseteshire; their aim – to find survivors of the pestilence. Lady Anne had kept Develish safe after her husband Sir Richard had died of the disease; but were there others? They needed the answers as stores of food were running low.

Thaddeus’ way soon had the boys turning to men; their courage - and that of their leader – was vast. But the desolation and death which faced them
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
While there's life there's hope.

The Turn of Midnight is the sequel to The Last Hours, the events of which take place in 1348/49 in England.
In the second book we follow Lady Anne, Thaddeus and the other survivors as they struggle to stay alive, keep their community safe and help towards its prosperity in the last stages of the Black Death.
This would have to be my most highly-anticipated read of 2018, and it didn't disappoint.

I expected to take a few chapters to settle into part two of the Black Death story, but was relieved to see the first few pages include a recap of The Last Hours’ major locations and characters including significant plot points. This allows us to join Walters in Chapter 1, exactly where we left off at the end of the first book, and straight into the story.

The people of Develish are still in seclusion with Lad
At its core, The Last Hours (book 1) was a zombie book.
The black death was the zombie apocalypse.
Lady Anne and Thaddeus Thurkell were the preppers who were prepared.
There were bandits and there was even a walmart of a sort.

The Turn of Midnight isn't quite a zombie book. It's a romantic view of a past that wasn't all that romantic. Racism and the mistreatment of the peasantry are viewed through thoroughly modern eyes. Lady Anne is a modern woman. She believes in equality, she questions the chu
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Turn of Midnight is the sequel to The Last Hours, the first book in the Black Death series by award-winning British author, Minette Walters. It begins with a summary of people, places and events the first book, providing a welcome memory aid to readers, but naturally containing many spoilers for that book, so readers are advised to read the books in order of publication.

The community of Develish is still nestled within the protection of their moat, while Thaddeus Thurkell and five young serf
The Turn of Midnight is the second book in the author’s ‘Black Death’ series, the follow-up to The Last Hours. The Turn of Midnight can be read as a standalone, partly thanks to the useful rundown of the key characters and events from The Last Hours at the beginning of the book. Like the first book, The Turn of Midnight follows the fortunes of the inhabitants of the demesne of Develish in Dorseteshire. However, whereas the focus of The Last Hours was their efforts to fend off the pestilence, The ...more
Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
This book is the sequel to one of THE BEST books my mom and I have read in 2018, but then it ended on a mean motherfucker of a cliffhanger and it's UK release ONLY right now.

I am deceased. Please come to the US soon. WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED. ;_;
A superb and thoroughly satisfying conclusion to the two-book series begun with The Last Hours. This is compelling historical fiction, which combines a thrilling story with some really big themes - in this case the place of feudalism, women and Christianity during the Black Death and in its aftermath. Surely a contender for the most terrible and difficult period in the last thousand years or so and so fascinating to read about. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You know that scene in Return of the Jedi where Han and Luke are about to be thrown into whatever that pit was in the desert? They are all standing on that barge thing making weird eye contact with each other waiting for someone to make a move? *

That's what the last 150+ pages of this book felt like. The author was jumping from person to person, all at the same moment in time. It made me a little dizzy. And the dialogue? Let's just say I felt like I was reading a script for an episode of Law and
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I LOVED the first book, and keenly awaited the arrival of its sequel; I was delighted when I finally received it and dropped all other reading material immediately in order to get stuck in.
And my opinion? Well, I did enjoy it, and it was good in parts, but I have to confess that in the end I found Thaddeus' journey, and the lllooonnngggggg....interview of Lady Anne on which his fate rested a little tedious. Furthermore, having been a fan of Thaddeus in book one, I became irritated by the sheer
Bookish Ally
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
#2 in the series doesn’t take up where #1 left off, it goes backwards and retells the end of #1. While I found THAT annoying, once that was finished I really enjoyed this tale, a thinly veiled allegory of morality We all know that to judge a religion upon the failings of some of its more flawed members is to make a thesis upon a cracked foundation, and this tale makes that very clear, speaking of some of the abuses heaped upon people by the 14th century church and some of those in positions of p ...more
Rachel Hall
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Securing freedom for the people of Develish, Dorseteshire in the wake of the Black Death as 1349 turns. Gripping historical drama.

The Turn of Midnight is a direct continuation of the events in The Last Hours and the story of the devastating Black Death which decimated England in 1348 with a particular focus on the fortunes of the quarantined people of Develish, Dorseteshire, led by their educated, compassionate, and inspirational young mistress, Lady Anne. Whilst a potted history of the events o
Blodeuedd Finland
This is the second book and it felt lighter. The writing itself, but also the story. The first book was filled with fear of this unknown pestilence. Fear for the sake of their souls, questioning if everyone else was dead and well you know going crazy being in a small space with 200 people. But in this one there is a sense of maybe the world will be saved after all.

Lady Eleonore is one crazy girl. I despised her in book 1, but slowly, and I mean slowly I started to forgive her. She was constantly
Kath Middleton
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book follows directly from The Last Hours and both cover the time around and immediately after the Black Death strikes England. The devastation of the country is so well portrayed here and the arrogance of the ruling Norman classes and the church. This leads the serfs to assume they themselves are responsible for the deaths. They are God’s judgement for sin. Lady Anne is motivated by science, in the sense that she knows the plague is a contagion and that it can be defeated by isolation. She ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did say I would not read the second book after disliking the first. But Minette Walters was one of my favorite British crime authors and this book was sitting fetchingly on the New Books shelf at my library this past weekend. Of course I had to check it out, bring it home and read it.
So...I confirmed my opinion that I did not care for the construction and tone of this series.
The notion of freeing serfs - good.
The acts and language/dialogue of the main characters - unnatural/awkward.

Library L
Sep 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
I can't believe I have given one star to Minette Walters but this was really dreadful, it dragged on and on, I felt the characters were literally going around in circle in the English countryside eating mutton and having arguments about God's involvement. ...more
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If The Last Hours (book 1) witnessed the arrival of the plague knocking at the door of every Dorsetshire household , The Turn of Midnight (book 2) proves the darkest challenge is yet to creep across the threshold.

This continuing chronicle follows the unrivalled success of the people of Devilish as they endeavour to protect their health and admirable way of life from the pestilence, mercenary opportunists, and vengeance. Although a sensible strategy is universally implemented, their ‘sur
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, historical
Whether it be a Thriller or Historical fiction, Minette Walters knows how to serve up a gripping read, she's a marvelous story teller, who delivers just the right amount of intrigue and conflict. Walter's meticulous research gives The Turn of Midnight an atmospheric feel that transports reader back to one of histories darkest periods.

Religion is used as a weapon by the clergy, they're told that the plague was sent by God to punish them for their sins and only sinners died from the pestilence. Th
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the chance to review.
A brilliant continuation of The Last Hours! I definitely believe Minette Walters has succeeded in her first attempt at historical fiction, and sincerely hope that this is not her last. Such well developed characters and a twisting plot that only a crime writer could create. I loved Walters use of modern concerns and concepts and placing them in an historical setting. The feminist characters of Lady Anne and Isabella are 2 of my f
Keith Currie
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Survival of the fittest

I loved the first of Minette Walters Black Death novels, but I was left fearful at its end. Yes, Lady Anne’s little community had survived great trials, but how in medieval England could they maintain their utopia beyond the end of the plague? The very title of this second volume gave me even more cause for worry.

For almost the whole length of this sequel Lady Anne and her ally, Thaddeus Thurkell, face even greater dangers than before, but without compromising their princi
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks, library
I waited patiently for the audio version to come to the library and was well rewarded. These two books have become my absolute favourite audio books. The narration made it so easy to be transported into another world. Loved it.
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-challenge
This book was as good as the first. A great story. Great characters and a brilliant adventure 4/5.
Angelique Simonsen
I love any book to do with medieval history esp around the plague. However I find the fact of a woman being able to do what Lady Eleanor did a bit factually incorrect as no noble man in those days would have let her behave this way lol I'd imagine they would have burned her for her heresy.
All in all a great conclusion to the series though
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this sequel;some historical escapism!
I really enjoyed the precursor to this book, The Last Hours, because it was such an interesting look at what it might have been like to live in Dorsetshire in 1357 when the plague arrived. I was so looking forward to continuing the story of Lady Anne, Thaddeus Thurkill, and the Develish serfs, bemoaning the fact that the American publication was later than the British.

It's a good thing it hasn't been too long since I read the first book, or I would have been completely lost reading this one. Man
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Minette Walters (born 26 September 1949) is a British mystery writer. After studying at Trevelyan College, University of Durham, she began writing in 1987 with The Ice House, which was published in 1992. She followed this with The Sculptress (1993), which received the 1994 Edgar Award for Best Novel. She has been published in 35 countries and won many awards.

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“After being shown the demesne by Pikeman, and consulting with him at length, the elders had expressed their willingness to bring their fellows to live and work in Bourne on the same terms that My Lord had agreed with his own serfs. Hugh watched in disbelief as Bourne signed a writ, prepared by Thurkell, which not only granted them extra land but rights of access to education, medicine and a meal of meat every seven days. It was a word in disarray when base-born men, sworn to obedience through their oaths of fealty, could expect rewards in return for their labour.
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“After being shown the demesne by Pikeman, and consulting with him at length, the elders had expressed their willingness to bring their fellows to live and work in Bourne on the same terms that My Lord had agreed with his own serfs. Hugh watched in disbelief as Bourne signed a writ, prepared by Thurkell, which not only granted them extra land but rights of access to education, medicine and a meal of meat every seven days. It was a world in disarray when base-born men, sworn to obedience through their oaths of fealty, could expect rewards in return for their labour.
Pg 135”
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