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This is a big book (459 pages) but the pace never slackens not the interest dwindle. Set in London during the reign of King Richard (fourteenth century) it features John Gower, a man who holds and sells secrets for a living. Also a poet and a friend of Geoffrey Chaucer. Asked to investigate an especially gory and different series of murders, he runs up against the politics of the day, much more personal and nasty than they are now. Dealing with the invention of a new 'handgonne' (handgun) and the uses to which it may be put proves to be dangerous and very, very devious. The author obviously know his history and brings out the flavour of medieval London, warts and all, until you are almost walking the streets with John. The characters are given to us with all their qualities and their imperfections and the story unfolds in a logical manner, even if this isn't always immediately apparent. This is Bruce Holsinger's second book and I hope the library has, or will obtain, his first one. A really good historical mystery and highly recommended.
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