The Scent of Death, Paperback
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*WINNER of the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award 2013* 'Andrew Taylor wrote superb historical fiction long before Hilary Mantel was popular' Daily Telegraph From the No.1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a new historical thriller set during the American War of Independence.

August, 1778. British-controlled Manhattan is a melting pot of soldiers, traitors and refugees, surrounded by rebel forces as the American War of Independence rages on.

Into this simmering tension sails Edward Savill, a London clerk tasked with assessing the claims of loyalists who have lost out during the war.

Savill lodges with the ageing Judge Wintour, his ailing wife, and their enigmatic daughter-in-law Arabella.

However, as Savill soon learns, what the Wintours have lost in wealth, they have gained in secrets.

The murder of a gentleman in the slums pulls Savill into the city's underbelly.

But when life is so cheap, why does one death matter? Because making a nation is a lucrative business, and some people cannot afford to miss out, whatever the price...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 516 pages, maps (colour)
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Historical mysteries
  • ISBN: 9780007213535



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To set the scene,the year is 1778 and the place is Manhattan,which is controlled by the British.Arriving here is Edward Savill who is taking up a minor position in the 'American Department'.He lodges with the Wintour family with whom he becomes friendly.Soon he becomes embroiled in a series of murders which seems to involve American rebels,slaves and members of upper-class families too.In his quest to discover the truth,he finds himself in a series of dangerous situations in which he is bludgeoned,slashed and generally beaten.Taylor is a fine writer who is at his best in this wonderful book which I would recommend to anyone with an interest in American history and/or crime fiction.

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