The Amorous Nightingale

The Amorous Nightingale Acclaimed beauty and singer Harriet Gow has earned a position envied by every available women of the Restoration period she is the King s favourite mistress After seeing her perform Christopher Redma

  • Title: The Amorous Nightingale
  • Author: Edward Marston
  • ISBN: 9780747275855
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Acclaimed beauty and singer Harriet Gow has earned a position envied by every available women of the Restoration period she is the King s favourite mistress After seeing her perform, Christopher Redmayne is also captivated The impression Harriet made is still lingering in his mind when he is summoned urgently by Charles II Harriet has been kidnapped, and Redmayne, withAcclaimed beauty and singer Harriet Gow has earned a position envied by every available women of the Restoration period she is the King s favourite mistress After seeing her perform, Christopher Redmayne is also captivated The impression Harriet made is still lingering in his mind when he is summoned urgently by Charles II Harriet has been kidnapped, and Redmayne, with the help of his friend Jonathan Bale a Puritan constable is engaged to resolve this delicate affair The facade of elegance and gentility soon begins to crumble in the face of their investigations Harriet is, indeed, an amorous nightingale the fabric of her life entangled in jealousy, avarice and lust Just as Redmayne and Bale start to question whether she is really the victim or the guilty party a brutal murder provides the answer

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    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name See this thread for information A pseudonym used by Keith MilesAKA A.E MarstonKeith Miles born 1940 is an English author, who writes under his own name and also historical fiction and mystery novels under the pseudonym Edward Marston He is known for his mysteries set in the world of Elizabethan theatre He has also written a series of novels based on events in the Domesday Book, a series of The Railway Detective and a series of The Home Front Detective.Series contributed to Malice Domestic Crime Through Time Perfectly Criminal

    2. Harriet Gow is the amorous nightingale as she sings divinely. She is a favourite of King Charles II as well as many other patrons of the theatre. But she suddenly disappears, this after she has been watched by Christopher Redmayne, architect, who is equally smitten with her.It transpires that she has been kidnapped and this sets off a trail of events for Redmayne and his able ally Constable Jonathan Bale to follow in an attempt to uncover the whereabouts of the lovely lady.Redmayne's brother, He [...]

    3. For a historical mystery book, I think this did well. The clues were there to guess the villain but I did not quite get it until it was actually revealed. It was all very set out and I enjoyed a lot of the characters. Unfortunately one of the characters I was most interested in disappeared halfway through the book and I found the other characters ranging from likeable to fairly dull. I found myself disliking Jonathan Bale who was meant to be this righteous man who wouldn't pursue a woman's kidna [...]

    4. Expertly crafted, with a good pace, clever plotting and even some historical detail.Not great literature, and more than a little formulaic, but undoubtedly a good read

    5. Second in the Christopher Redmayne historical mystery series, set in London just after the Great Fire of 1666. I'd previously read only the fourth in the series, so I'm going back now, and am pleased to find that this one's just as enjoyable. Young architect Christopher Redmayne is asked to do a service for the King -- to find the King's favourite mistress, the acclaimed singer/actress Harriet Gow, who has been abducted and held for an impossibly large ransom. Redmayne's friend, the Puritan cons [...]

    6. Overall not a bad little mystery but it seemed to finish very quickly. the main character of Christopher Redmayne is likeable enough and is ably complemented by the puritan Jonathan Bale. But I wish there was more about them rather than all the peripherals characters like Christopher's louche older brother and the miserable builder. the book was eitehr too short or too long - I can't decide - but in the end I really didn't care very much for the victim or the catpure of the villain. I don't thin [...]

    7. This is a new (to me) series, set in the Restoration period at the end of the 17th century (rather than the beginning, as Marston's series about Elizabethan players is). The main characters are an architect and a Puritan constable, and it is set in London in 1667. I wasn't enthralled. The theatre is involved again, and there's damn little architecture-ing going on. The characters are pretty much stock (i.e. cardboard) and the plot was equally basic. I think I need to stop reading Marston for awh [...]

    8. This is the first in the Restoration series that I've read - took a little while to get going at the start of the book - but overall an enjoyable crime/mystery book with enough plot twists leaving the reader guessing 'whodunnit' for some considerable time. Arguably the guilty party had such a small part earlier in the book that it would be virtually impossible for the reader to guess who it was. A few personal sub plots tagged alongside the main story (of kidnap and murder)to maintain the reader [...]

    9. I have really enjoyed the first two books in the 'Christopher Redmayne Mystery' series. They are easy to read and stick with the story without using offensive language. Whilst the plots are not the most complex and the author does not give as much of a sense of place and time as others do, this is a fun book. I don't want gore when I read a mystery, I want a story, and this is what you get from this author.

    10. The Amorous nightingale is a noval set in the victorian eara , it is a mistery in which a well known actress is kidnaped, as the story unfolds there are many possiblities as to the who could have done this dasterly dead. In many ways the setting reminded me of Phantom of the Opera. Good easy read with a twist at the end.

    11. Entertaining historical froth featuring architect Christopher Redmayne (who is far too perfect for satisfaction) investigating the disappearance and apparent kidnapping of royal favourite, Harriet Gow. A quick read and overall, credible research and writing style and a definite improvement on the previous 'King's Evil' - obviously the lack of love interest for Redmayne is for the better.

    12. Another excellent historical crime novel by Mr. Marston. I really enjoy the main characters and the way they interact. I was kept guessing all the way through as to the perpetrators but got it wrong this time round. A recommended read.

    13. A kidnapped actress and a death get the Remayne-Bale team back in action. Lots of Restoration atmosphere, and a bit of the flavor of the Bracewell books as the stage comes into play. One of the better efforts from Marston in all of his historical series.Well worth your time.

    14. Well-written and though, in my opinion, a less compelling story-line than the first book in the series, King's Evil, an enjoyable read. The historical touches are accurate but not over-powering, and there are some interesting insights into seventeenth century theatre as well.

    15. Adequate as an easy read while travelling but was really pretty superficial in its historical background and pretty basic as a whodunnit so nothing to write home about. No need to concentrate so ift fulfilled its purpose.

    16. Set in London at the time of the Great Fire, I found this easy to read with a simple plot. An enjoyable read from a good author.

    17. I really like this series. Satisfying all around. For full review see the first book of the series, "The Kings Evil."

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