A Murder at Rosamund's Gate

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Macmillan, Apr 23, 2013 - Fiction - 340 pages
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For Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid serving in the household of the local magistrate, life is an endless repetition of polishing pewter, emptying chamber pots, and dealing with other household chores until a fellow servant is ruthlessly killed, and someone close to Lucy falls under suspicion. Lucy canít believe it, but in a time where the accused are presumed guilty until proven innocent, lawyers arenít permitted to defend their clients, andóif the plague doesn't kill the suspect firstópublic executions draw a large crowd of spectators, Lucy knows she may never find out what really happened. Unless, that is, she can uncover the truth herself.

Determined to do just that, Lucy finds herself venturing out of her expected station and into raucous printersí shops, secretive gypsy camps, the foul streets of London, and even the bowels of Newgate prison on a trail that might lead her straight into the arms of the killer.

In her debut novel Murder at Rosamund's Gate, Susanna Calkins seamlessly blends historical detail, romance, and mystery in a moving and highly entertaining tale.


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Review: A Murder at Rosamund's Gate (Lucy Campion Mysteries #1)

User Review  - Kay - Goodreads

I hadn't realized, until reading A Murder at Rosamund's Gate, how much I had missed reading historical mysteries. There's an unpredictable nature to them that can't be replicated except maybe in ... Read full review

Review: A Murder at Rosamund's Gate (Lucy Campion Mysteries #1)

User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

I loved Lucy. And while the book is full of rich historical content, the story moves smoothly along. Themes of justice, freedom, social class and gender rights flow deftly as the story unfolds. I was left guessing until the end. Can't wait to read the next one. Read full review

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SUSANNA CALKINS became fascinated with seventeenth-century England while pursuing her doctorate in British history and uses her fiction to explore this chaotic period. Originally from Philadelphia, Calkins now lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two sons. This is her first novel.

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