6 October 2016.
This book really evokes the atmosphere of a disease-ridden country. It is 1665 and London is in the grip of the Great Plague. John Grey, a lawyer, has remained in the City and is called on by Lord Arlington to investigate a very strange occurrence indeed. It is that old chestnut - a body hidden amongst other bodies; in this case the body of a murdered man is discovered among the corpses rolled into a Plague pit. The dead man has been stabbed and, since he was known to be carrying a letter from the Duke of York to the French ambassador, Arlington wants to get it back.
Grey finds he must travel out of London and his journey reveals all the nightmare responses to a malignant disease that frightened people produce. Others search for the letter and it is difficult to know who to trust. John Grey has to tackle his task constantly fearing a stab in the back or the revelation of disease in those around him. Samuel Pepys is one of the real life characters who appear in the tale.
The ramifications of the search get more and more complex as John tries to make sense of the happenings around him. An exciting and well told tale with a satisfying conclusion.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
L. C. Tyler has written 2 previous adventures for John Grey and also a comic series about Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle.