The Scent of Death

The Scent of Death

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*WINNER of the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award 2013*'Andrew Taylor wrote superb historical fiction long before Hilary Mantel was popular' Daily TelegraphFrom the No.1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a new historical thriller set during the American War of Independence. August, 1778. British-controlled Manhattan is a melting pot of soldiers, traitors and refugees, surrounded by rebel forces as the American War of Independence rages on. Into this simmering tension sails Edward Savill, a London clerk tasked with assessing the claims of loyalists who have lost out during the war. Savill lodges with the ageing Judge Wintour, his ailing wife, and their enigmatic daughter-in-law Arabella. However, as Savill soon learns, what the Wintours have lost in wealth, they have gained in secrets. The murder of a gentleman in the slums pulls Savill into the city's underbelly. But when life is so cheap, why does one death matter? Because making a nation is a lucrative business, and some people cannot afford to miss out, whatever the price...
Publisher: London : Harper, 2013.
ISBN: 9780007213535
0007213530
Branch Call Number: FIC Taylo
Characteristics: 499 p. : map.

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tiastreeter
Sep 10, 2015

Excellent historical fiction!

Helen100 Oct 03, 2014

This is a wonderful historical mystery/thriller set in New York during the 1778 American War of Independence.

I found that I was drawn into the story immediately and I loved the atmosphere that Andrew Taylor portrayed perfectly. I liked Edward Savill as the main character - he was an upright and likeable person who cared for children and knew his cowardice.

Even though I was pretty sure of the ending when I was only 1/2 through the book, I still thoroughly enjoyed this excellent novel. I highly recommend it.

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htliang
Oct 03, 2014

This is a wonderful historical mystery/thriller set in New York during the 1778 American War of Independence.

I found that I was drawn into the story immediately and I loved the atmosphere that Andrew Taylor portrayed perfectly. I liked Edward Savill as the main character - he was an upright and likeable person who cared for children and knew his cowardice.

Even though I was pretty sure of the ending when I was only 1/2 through the book, I still thoroughly enjoyed this excellent novel. I highly recommend it.

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Daphne57
Jun 08, 2013

Andrew Taylor succeeded in writing a living/breathing story of an incident and family during the US War of Independence.

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