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April 29, 2015



A Lucy Camion Mystery
Susanna Calkins

From the Charred Remains

"A historical mystery with originality and great attention to detail... The characters are multidimensional - including the smart, adventurous Lucy Camion -- and the mystery will keep readers turning the pages."

It's 1666 and the Great Fire has just decimated an already plague-ridden London. Lady's maid Lucy Camion, along with pretty much everyone else left standing, is doing her part to help the city clean up and recover. But their efforts come to a standstill when a couple of local boys stumble across a dead body that should have been burned up in the fire but miraculously remained intact--the body of a man who died not from the plague or the fire, but from the knife plunged into his chest. Searching for a purpose now that there's no lady in the magistrate's household for her to wait on, Lucy has apprenticed herself to a printmaker. But she can't help but use her free time to help the local constable, and she quickly finds herself embroiled in the murder investigation. It will take all of her wits and charm, not to mention a strong stomach and a will of steel, if Lucy hopes to make it through alive herself. With From the Charred Remains, Susanna Calkins delivers another atmospheric historical mystery that will enchant readers with its feisty heroine and richly detailed depiction of life in Restoration England.
(copyright NightOwl Reviews)

  • Number: 9781250060518
  • Release: March 17, 2015
  • Author: Susanna Calkins
  • Availability: Print-Book
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: HIST: Historical Fiction, * SUSP: Mystery
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books

Susanna Calkins became fascinated with seventeenth - century England while pursuing her doctorate in British history and uses her fiction to explore the chaotic period.  Originally from Philadelphia, Calkins now lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two sons. 

I really didn't care for the book.   The crimes were intriguing.   The characters were dull except for one, Francis Clifford, who came into the scene towards the end of the book.
 I felt that there were too many characters in the book with too much going on.  It didn't allow the reader a chance to get involved with the characters.
I felt this could have been a good and interesting book but I found too many characters that I didn't like and they were characters that died or were killed.   If Francis had been introduced earlier in the book, that may have kept the reader's interest more. I felt that the book was confusing.  The book contained all of the pieces for a good mystery and they were all there.  The narrative wasn't good in my opinion.

I was given this complimentary copy of FROM THE CHARRED REMAINS from NightOwl Reviews and the author, Susanna Calkins for my view of the book.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

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