The Harlot's Tale

The Harlot's Tale

3.92 (858 ratings by Goodreads)
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It is August, 1645, one year since York fell into Puritan hands. As the city suffers through a brutal summer heat, Bridget Hodgson and Martha Hawkins are drawn into a murder investigation more frightening than their last. In order to appease God's wrath and end the heat-wave the city's overlords have launched a brutal campaign to whip the city's sinners into godliness. But for someone in York, this is not enough. First a prostitute and her client are found stabbed to death, then a pair of adulterers are beaten and strangled. York's sinners have been targeted for execution.Bridget and Martha assisted once again by Will, Bridget's good-hearted nephew race to find the killer even as he adds more bodies to his tally. The list of suspects is long: Hezekiah Ward, a fire and brimstone preacher new to York; Ward's son, Praise-God, whose intensity mirrors his father's; John Stubb, one of Ward's fanatic followers, whose taste for blood may not have been sated by his time in Parliament's armies. Or could the killer be closer to home? Will's brother Joseph is no stranger to death, and he shares the Wards' dreams of driving sin from the city.To find the killer, Bridget, Martha, and Will must uncover the city's most secret sins, and hope against hope that the killer does not turn his attention in their direction, in "The Harlot's Tale "by Sam Thomas."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 308 pages
  • 139 x 221 x 26mm | 395g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Maps
  • 1250010780
  • 9781250010780
  • 2,128,551

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The second adventure for Thomas' midwife uses a mystery with plenty of twists, turns and suspects to illuminate a difficult period in British history. "Kirkus Reviews" Sam Thomas has created one of the most fascinating detectives in contemporary mystery fiction--a crime-solving, wealthy, widowed midwife in embattled 17th-century York, England. . . . Bridget is as fascinating, fun and fierce as ever. . . The characters are wonderfully drawn, complex and real. . . . enjoyably readable. "Cleveland Plain Dealer""
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About Sam Thomas

SAMUEL THOMAS teaches history at University School near Cleveland, Ohio. He has received research grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Newberry Library, and the British Academy. He has published academic articles on topics ranging from early modern Britain to colonial Africa. Thomas lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio, with his wife and two children.
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5 26% (221)
4 45% (388)
3 25% (216)
2 3% (23)
1 1% (10)
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