Death And The Arrow

Death And The Arrow

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Fifteen-year-old Tom lives in the murky, sooty city of London, where he helps his father to run a print shop. Among the customers is wise old Dr Harker, a retired physician and seafarer, whose patient demeanour and fascinating tales endear him to Tom. When Tom and Harker hear a newspaper seller announce a most curious murder in the city, with the victim pierced by an arrow and left holding an illustrated card of 'Death and the Arrow', they are both intrigued by the mystery. As subsequent 'Death and the Arrow' victims are discovered, the mystery closes ever more tightly round the city and intrudes even into Tom's own life. From then onwards, he can't rest till he has discovered the truth behind the murders... A really atmospheric venture into the eighteenth-century, combined with a gripping mystery plot, will fascinate and engage readers of ten and more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 18mm | 158.76g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552554758
  • 9780552554756
  • 602,605

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Fifteen-year-old Tom Marlowe, and the rest of London, is fascinated by a string of murders: People are being killed with arrows shot from above, and each victim has a "Death and Arrow" card with him. Danger and intrigue abound, especially when Tom's friend, a young pickpocket, is also found murdered. But who would want to kill Will? To avenge his friend, Tom sets out with Dr. Harker, a family friend and retired adventurer, to discover who is behind these seemingly unsolvable murders. Unbeknownst to them, they're caught up in a dangerous web of murder and deception that began years before in the American colonies with a massacre of the Mohawk tribe. A captivating and richly detailed historical novel, set in atmospheric 1715 London and the colonies, is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seat. "From the Hardcover Library Binding more

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"A thrilling story with lots of twists and turns all the way through" * Education Otherwise * "The descriptions of London are really creepy and will keep children gripped all the way" * BBC Parenting * "An excellent addition to younger members' of the family's libraries" * Suffolk Journal * "Many twists make this story gripping and hard to put down" * Newcastle upon Tyne Evening Chronicle *show more

About Chris Priestly

Chris Priestley has worked as a cartoonist for high-profile publications including THE NEW STATESMAN. Young Corgi published his first-ever book, DOG MAGIC!, which was shortlisted for the Children's Book Award. He has also written historical non-fiction for young readers. He is married with a young more

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'There's devilry here and no mistake!' London, 1715. The air is black with soot, the murky alleyways crowded with people, and rumours of a gruesome murder lurk in the shadow of St Paul's Cathedral. A body has been found 'beskewered by an arrow right through his heart'. Even in a city where crime is commonplace, this catches the attention of printing apprentice Tom Marlowe. Soon there is news of more victims, each pierced by an arrow and found holding an odd illustrated card, and Tom is both fascinated and repelled by the strange events. When the mystery unexpectedly intrudes into his own life, he feels compelled to investigate . . . 'A tightly woven plot . . . vividly drawn' Julia Eccleshare, Guardian 'This will have readers . . . sitting on the edge of their seats' Wendy Cooling, Junior Education 'An intelligent, gripping thriller . . . a sense of time and place so vivid that you can virtually see, hear and taste 18th-century London' Carouselshow more

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168 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 20% (34)
4 29% (48)
3 36% (60)
2 14% (24)
1 1% (2)
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