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The King's Evil by Edward Marston
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Read 2 times. Last read December 2, 2019.

This historical mystery is set mainly in 17th century London, against a background of the Great Fire's aftermath and political and religious tension. Christopher Redmayne secures his first commission as an architect, but his job becomes more complicated when he has to deal with theft and then murder. Constable Jonathan Bale is involved from a different angle, and the two men are forced to pool their efforts.

I'm not normally keen on lavish descriptions, but I thought they worked well here to give a good sense of the historical period. The plot moved along nicely. I felt towards the end that the author was being obtrusively coy with concealing things from the reader (ie being vague about something specific a character noticed when it was right in front of them). Additionally, although the banter between characters was fun, it became a bit overdone towards the end.

Overall, an enjoyable light read with some interesting historical details.

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