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A Murder at Rosamund's Gate

A Mystery
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
a mystery
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: ix, 340 pages ;,22 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Subtitle from jacket.
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: 1250007909
9781250007902
Statement of Responsibility: Susanna Calkins
Subject Headings: London (England) History 17th century Fiction. Great Britain History Restoration, 1660-1688 Fiction. Murder Investigation Fiction. Women England History 17th century Fiction.
Genre/Form: Historical fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Murder
Women
LCCN: 2013002522
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In 1665 London, when a fellow servant is found murdered, Lucy a young chambermaid in a magistrate's household, sets out to discover the killer and begins uncovering secrets of her own heart.
- Anne Rouyer

Can a serving maid and her master's son find true happiness while battling the Black Plague and the Great London Fire? And now it seems that there is a more human element at work as the body count keeps rising higher.
A great read for the beach or a rainy winter's night.

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.

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