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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: 1st ed
Characteristics: ix, 340 p. ;,22 cm
Notes: "A Mystery" --Dust 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 False imprisonment Fiction Women household employees England Fiction Murder Investigation Fiction Women England History 17th century Fiction
Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Mystery fiction
Topical Term: False imprisonment
Women household employees
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.

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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