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A Murder at Rosamund's Gate

Calkins, Susanna (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Murder at Rosamund's Gate


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For Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid serving in the household of the local magistrate, life is an endless repetition of polishing pewter, emptying chamber pots, and dealing with other household chores until a fellow servant is ruthlessly killed, and someone she loves is wrongly arrested for the crime. In a time where the accused are presumed guilty until proven innocent, lawyers aren't permitted to defend their clients, and---if the plague doesn't kill them first--public executions draw a large crowd of spectators, Lucy knows she may never see this person alive again. Unless, that is, she can identify the true murderer.
Authors: Calkins, Susanna
Title: A murder at Rosamund's Gate
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: ix, 340 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: For Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid serving in the household of the local magistrate, life is an endless repetition of polishing pewter, emptying chamber pots, and dealing with other household chores until a fellow servant is ruthlessly killed, and someone she loves is wrongly arrested for the crime. In a time where the accused are presumed guilty until proven innocent, lawyers aren't permitted to defend their clients, and---if the plague doesn't kill them first--public executions draw a large crowd of spectators, Lucy knows she may never see this person alive again. Unless, that is, she can identify the true murderer.
ISBN: 9781250007902
1250007909
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Above average readability & plausibility. Really enjoyable & believable romantic tension. The atmosphere's a little thin & Lucy's a little too indispensable (esp. during the Black Death part), but I would be interested in reading Calkins' next bk.

Report This Aug 29, 2013
  • KarenW rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

It looked so promising that I saved this book for vacation. And I was very disappointed. What was supposed to a historical read is just a historical romance with little historical detail or accuracy. The parlance and customs are too modern so instead of finding out how it was to live during the plague and Great Fire of London, I only found dim witted platitudes. Lacking any real emotion, the house where the servant girl is working treats her and the others below stairs like equals. What a complete waste of time!

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