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Deepening Judge Wintour's beautiful daughter in law Arabella hides a tragedy in her past while his son plans a dangerous mission into enemy territory And what of Mr Noak the enigmatic clerk seemingly bent on a dubious course of his own One thing is clear the killing in Canvas Town was just the start of a trail of murder and it's leading directly to Savill. Edward Savill is a clerk sent to British occupied New York during the American War of Independence to log the claims of dispossessed loyalists His job is a tedious sinecure dependent on the patronage of his lofty father in law and it takes him away from his beloved daughter and from his strained relationship with his wife In New York he becomes a participant in a mystery involving murder espionage and the search for an elusive box of curiosities He also falls in love with the wife of his host Mrs Arabella Wintour who has secrets of her ownThis is a very gripping read the historical setting of New York under the British is interesting the mystery is tantalising the story has many twists and turns For me the two most successful aspects are how the author captures the historical context so convincingly and how he portrays the character of Savill who becomes a detective despite himself Here is a clerk with all the mindset of a man who owes his position to others who is reluctant to become involved who is honest and perhaps a bit boring to those around him but who despite himself has the reserves imagination and integrity to press the mystery to its tragic conclusion It may be that some may find Savill s transformation from passive participant to man of action rather sudden but for me this is a small uibble in an otherwise very convincing tale Electing Judges under the British is interesting the mystery is tantalising the story has many twists and turns For me the two most successful aspects are how the author captures the historical context so convincingly and how he portrays the character of Savill who becomes a detective despite himself Here is a clerk with all the mindset of a man who owes his position to others who is reluctant to become involved who is honest and perhaps a bit boring to those around him but who despite himself has the reserves imagination and integrity to press the mystery to its tragic conclusion It may be that some may find Savill s transformation from passive participant to man of action rather sudden but for me this is a small Encounters with Rauschenberg uibble in an otherwise very convincing tale

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From the No 1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the American War of Independence Manhattan 1778 A city of secrets profiteers loyalists and double agents As the last part of America under British rule New York is home to a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the British crown Edward Savil. Once again Andrew Taylor demonstrates that he is a master of the historical crime novel and I d rate The Scent of Death even above Bleeding Heart Suare and Anatomy of Ghosts I especially love authors who help me think of familiar things in a new way To most Americans the War of American Independence which they habitually call the Revolutionary War was an international conflict between Great Britain and America To those of us who are historically sophisticated it was also a civil war fought in the American colonies between the Loyalists and the rebels who Americans usually call the Patriots But this story made me aware that it was also a party conflict between British subjects on both sides of the Atlantic the whigs and the tories Which explains why British whig politicians such as Mr Burke and Mr Fox supported the rebelling American colonists because they embarrassed the tory government of Lord North Of course in Britain the struggle was carried on with pamphlets and Parliamentary speeches in America if was also with gunpowder and lead Which is why to this day most Americans refer to the Loyalists as Tories though I doubt if one in a hundred has the foggiest notion of what those Tories had in common with the supporters of Mr Cameron today Yes there is a real historical relationshipTaylor beautifully evokes the atmosphere of New York city under siege The narrator Edward Savill a somewhat naive English visitor from the American Office in London provides an unfamiliar point of view on this uncouth provincial town so crude compared with London The American Loyalist characters are well drawn and varied though I could not help being anachronistically amused that the heroine was named Mrs Wintour kept thinking of Prada I admired the touches of 18th century diction one s address is also one s direction The author is very generous with his clues I missed the significance of the title damn it and the alert reader should be able to figure out what the principal characters are up to and the backstory of the slave Juvenal Was his master Mr Froude a reader of the Roman satirists Towards the end the story turns thriller with a terrifying struggle on the frozen Hudson RiverI loved one minor character the very brave and resourceful Mehitabel Tippet and was sorry she just faded out at the end She certainly deserved a happy endingMy favourite of Taylor s novels still remain the Roth trilogy and the total lack of spirituality renders the characters in The Scent of Death very shallow But that absence fits the period all too wello

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L is sent from London to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists No sooner does he land than he becomes embroiled in the case of a gentleman murdered in the city's notorious Canvas Town An escaped slave hangs for the crime but Savill is convinced they have executed the wrong man Lodging with the respected Wintour family Savill senses the mystery. Edward Savill a London clerk lands in Manhattan in the wake of the War of Independence It s a city fraught with secrets divided loyalties and double agents home to a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the British crown It isn t long before Savill is swept up in the city s struggles trying to solve a murder for which a falsely accused slave was hanged Distracted by his host s beautiful daughter in law Arabella Savill must search under the masks worn by those around him for the dangerous truth at the city s heartThere is something wonderfully reassuring about the weight and tactile beauty of this book It promises long nights curled in a favourite armchair absorbed in a story by a master storyteller And it doesn t disappoint Taylor is at the height of his powers weaving a complex set of strands with such skill that the effect is almost effortless His narrator Savill is a convincing observer Arriving emotionally numb from his long journey away from a difficult marriage to an alien Manhattan the first human he sees is the floating corpse of a rebel This introduction to a world famous city visceral and unsettling stays with the reader throughout the story It reminds us that nothing and no one is uite as it seems Read on Planet of the Bugs up in the city s struggles trying to solve a murder for which a falsely accused slave was hanged Distracted by his host s beautiful daughter in law Arabella Savill must search Fishes of the Open Ocean under the masks worn by those around him for the dangerous truth at the city s heartThere is something wonderfully reassuring about the weight and tactile beauty of this book It promises long nights curled in a favourite armchair absorbed in a story by a master storyteller And it doesn t disappoint Taylor is at the height of his powers weaving a complex set of strands with such skill that the effect is almost effortless His narrator Savill is a convincing observer Arriving emotionally numb from his long journey away from a difficult marriage to an alien Manhattan the first human he sees is the floating corpse of a rebel This introduction to a world famous city visceral and Out of Bounds (Boundaries, unsettling stays with the reader throughout the story It reminds Grass, Sky, Song us that nothing and no one is Otter Chaos! (Otter Chaos uite as it seems Read on


10 thoughts on “The Scent of Death

  1. says:

    Once again Andrew Taylor demonstrates that he is a master of the historical crime novel and I’d rate The Scent of Death even above Bleeding Heart Suare and Anatomy of Ghosts I especially love authors who help me think of familiar things in a new way To most Americans the War of American Independence which they habitually call “the Revolutionary War” was an international conflict between Great Britain and America To those of

  2. says:

    A wonderful book The characters are so vivid and interesting the plot complex and expertly woven and the history has a de

  3. says:

    Frankly I could barely set it down It was right up there with Bleeding Heart Suare about which I once taught a class in evoking atmosphere and time The plot was superb with just enough hints to keep the reader curious without giving e

  4. says:

    35 stars My review for USA TodayThe Scent of DeathBy Andrew TaylorHarperCollins 480 ppBad historical novelists almost always give themselves away with their dialogue first Blimey old egg and in good ones the reverse is true — we slide indi

  5. says:

    Another solid historical novel from Taylor who does his homework and has a gift for describing the period details of the era about which he is writing Here he paints a bleak picture of the last days of Colonial New York a compelling

  6. says:

    Edward Savill a London clerk lands in Manhattan in the wake of the War of Independence It's a city fraught with secrets divided loyalties and double agents home to a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the Brit

  7. says:

    The Scent Of Death is set in New York during the American War Of Independence where Edward Savill an English clerk is sent to New York to investigate claims by Loyalists that they have lost property Soon Edward S

  8. says:

    Edward Savill is a clerk sent to British occupied New York during the American War of Independence to log the claims of dispossessed loyalists His job is a tedious sinecure dependent on the patronage of his lofty father in law and it

  9. says:

    Well crafted and satisfying in the end but the structure of the story made this book really really drag until t

  10. says:

    I had such high hopes for The Scent of Death The premise sounded really interesting and I always love historical fictionthrillers Unfortunate

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