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Publisher's Summary

Susanna Gregory, author of the Matthew Bartholomew series of medieval mysteries, has created another compelling fictional detective set in Restoration London.

The second adventure in the Thomas Chaloner series.

Rebellion is in the air of London in the spring of 1663. 

Thomas Chaloner, spy for the King's intelligence service, has just returned from thwarting a planned revolt in Dublin, but soon realises that England's capital is no haven of peace. He is ordered to investigate the shooting of a beggar during a royal procession. He soon learns the man is no vagrant, but someone with links to the powerful company of Barber-Surgeons. His master, the earl of Clarendon, is locked in a deadly feud with the earl of Bristol, and an innocent man is about to be hanged in Newgate. Chaloner becomes embroiled in a desperate race against time to protect Clarendon, to discover the true identity of the beggar's murderer, and to save a blameless man from the executioner's noose. 

©2007 Susanna Gregory (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"Pungent with historical detail." (Irish Times

"A richly imagined world of colourful medieval society and irresistible monkish sleuthing." (Good Book Guide)   

"Corpses a-plenty, exciting action sequences and a satisfying ending." (Mystery People

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  • 28-05-2021

Long Live the Green Parrot

This was my second Thomas Chaloner read and I enjoyed it very much. It is quite a long listen/read and there are many characters to enjoy. I still like the setting of London in Restoration England and I am accepting of style of Susanna Gregory plots – as convoluted as a small intestine. There is deftness of character and Thomas Chaloner has enough of Matthew Bartholomew in him from that other series to please those followers as well. I liked the humour when it came, and here needed amongst the deaths and gore. After the turkey bird in the first Chaloner novel expect to smile when the parrot arrives in this novel. I have a few niggles, but nowhere near enough to put me off listening/reading other novels in this series. (They already wait for me in my library.) I do long for a map/plan of the London of the time of the novel’s key locations and wish one/s were provided in the print copies of books or on the author’s website. (They really help in the Matthew Bartholomew series.) Second, the narrator/performer, very good as he is, does have a voice that shorter recording sessions might keep his great freshness. That said, nothing at all should hold listeners back from a rewarding listen.

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  • G. Williams
  • 02-07-2021

spoilt by the Narration

I really tried with this one, I was hoping for a different narrator or that he might have improved a bit since the 1st one but sadly I just find him difficult to listen to and my attention wonders. if he put more into it and could make people's voices different and less bored sounding it would be great. I'm sure his style w I understand be ok with certain types of books especially if they are shorter . It's a shame because the story's are good.

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