The Plague Letters
by V.L. Valentine
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 01 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2021
Average rating from 79 members
What more could one ask for in the time of Covid than an excellent historical novel with a feisty heroine. Then, on top of that 'The Plague Letters' is a murder mystery set in the 1660's, right in the middle of what was the last major visitation of the plague in London As murders go these are particularly grisly and there are a host of suspects. The main male character is fairly useless as a hero but there is a cast of supporting actors who make up for him. An absolute delight is Penelope, clever, anarchic, resourceful and psychic. The book feels 'real' in terms of its history and the setting. That sense of reality you get when a huge amount of research has taken place but the writer is confident enough not to try and cram everything in. The first few chapters as characters are introduced and the mood settled were a little confusing. Then, the novel picked up pace and was a cracking read.