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Published by Robert Hale, 30 April, 2013.
It is 1745 and Bonnie
Prince Charlie has landed in Scotland
and raised the Jacobite standard at Glenfinnan with the intention of restoring
the Stuart monarchy to the throne. Bath, in
is a long way from the Scottish Highlands; Beau Nash, Master of Ceremonies, has
made the city the apotheosis of 18th century Sir aristocratic
fashion. So when Lady Phyllis Overbury with her maid arrives at the house of
Sir Robert Benson for the Bath
season, the last thing she expects to find on her first morning is the body of
her housekeeper, and then, a day later, the body of an unknown young man in the
The book skilfully integrates into the plot, not only real
historical characters, particularly Beau Nash and the famous writer Henry
Fielding but also characters from Fielding’s best-known novel Tom Jones:
Tom himself whom Nash and Fielding recruit as a bodyguard for Lady Overbury,
Tom’s beloved Sophia and her irascible father, and many others. Tom and
Sophia’s tumultuous romance is adroitly interwoven with a Jacobite plot centred
around the house that Lady Overbury has rented. And the writing style cleverly
recreates the prose style of the period in which it is set.
Reviewer: Radmila May
Other books by the author: Oliver Twist Investigates,
Wuthering Heights Revisited
brought up in the north-east studied history at Exeter College, Oxford and went
on to become the headmaster of Kingswood School (the
first and oldest Methodist school in the world) for 21 years.