The year is 1665. Black Death ravages London. A killer stalks the streets in a plague doctor’s hood and mask… When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer’s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie’s own past. Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street. This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London, where alchemy, witchcraft and blood-spells collide. In a city drowned in darkness, death could be the most powerful magic of all.
Many people know about the Black Death during the 17th Century and is talked about often….but it’s not often I read Historical Fiction on this this subject with a blend of witch-craft, alchemy, murders and I found this an intriguing blend.
What caught my attention right away was the title of the book and the main character’s occupation is a Thief Taker. He finds stolen items for people. I find that extremely fascinating and wondered how this would be woven into the story…
Overall I enjoyed the historical aspects of it and the authors detail to horrors of the Black Death. However a few scenes lost my attention and I felt the plot could have been better built and I wanted to see Charlie’s character fleshed out a bit more than it was.
I definitely will be on the lookout for more stories from this author and have rated this book three stars.
Stephanie Moore Hopkins