Sunday, 28 January 2018

Plague by C.C. Humphreys

London 1665. The lethal tentacles of the plague grasp the crowded city.  On the outskirts a highwayman, Captain Coke, halts a carriage to steal the jewels of a noblewoman, but inside he finds a brutal slaughter.  He accidently leaves incriminating evidence behind and is quickly suspected of murder and pursued by the thief-taker Pitman. 

Add to this scenario an attractive actress, her missing husband, boarded plague houses, gruesome torture, daring chases, religious fanatics, secret sects, debauched nobles, pregnant maids, spiteful cohorts, loyal friends, dark alleys, thriving ale houses, a depraved cockpit and a struggling theatre and the game is seriously afoot.

As Coke and Pitman join forces to solve the mounting mysteries, Humphreys evokes the sights, sounds, and smells of the city with historical context and detail.    With the tag line, “Murder has a new friend”, this an entertaining and elucidating read.

-submitted by Karole-Anne