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The Midwife and the Assassin

Book 4, The Midwife's Tale - A Midwife Mystery

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In the tradition of Arianna Franklin and C. J. Sansom comes Samuel Thomas's remarkable debut, The Midwife's Tale

It is 1644, and Parliament's armies have risen against the King and laid siege to the city of York. Even as the city suffers at the rebels' hands, midwife Bridget Hodgson becomes embroiled in a different sort of rebellion. One of Bridget's friends, Esther Cooper, has been convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to be burnt alive. Convinced that her friend is innocent, Bridget sets out to find the real killer.

Bridget joins forces with Martha Hawkins, a servant who's far more skilled with a knife than any respectable woman ought to be. To save Esther from the stake, they must dodge rebel artillery, confront a murderous figure from Martha's past, and capture a brutal killer who will stop at nothing to cover his tracks. The investigation takes Bridget and Martha from the homes of the city's most powerful families to the alleyways of its poorest neighborhoods. As they delve into the life of Esther's murdered husband, they discover that his ostentatious Puritanism hid a deeply sinister secret life, and that far too often tyranny and treason go hand in hand.

From Publishers Weekly

Jan 25, 2016 – Midwife Bridget Hodgson has been leading a dull life on her estate in Hereford since the events of 2015's The Witch Hunter's Tale. Now in her excellent fourth outing, set in the late 1640s, Bridget receives a letter stating that Will, her beloved nephew, is being held prisoner in the Tower of London. Bridget rushes to Will's rescue, only to learn that his continued wellbeing hinges on her cooperation with Jonathan Marlowe, Oliver Cromwell's spymaster. Marlowe insists that Bridget move to London and set up trade in Cheapside so that she can infiltrate a group of revolutionaries known as the Levellers. Katherine Chidley, one of the Levellers' leaders, is also a midwife, and Marlowe believes that Bridget will be able to gain her confidence. The mission ends up involving multiple murder investigations, played out as Parliament decides the final fate of Charles I. Thomas expertly integrates the tumult of the time into a fair-play mystery.
The Midwife and the Assassin
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Mar 15, 2016
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 4, The Midwife's Tale
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