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London, 1676: When real-life spy turned playwright, Aphra Behn, agrees to pay for the funeral of two murdered men, she finds herself drawn into a web of political intrigue. This is a hugely enjoyable historical whodunnit with a cast of characters including politicians, bad actresses, spies, beggars, criminals, and the continually feuding mistresses of Charles II, in wonderfully evoked settings: everywhere from the slums of St. Giles to the secret passages of Whitehall Palace.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char. spying/sabotage What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Special suspect?    -   lover Kind of investigator    -   british mystery (I say!) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   searching for $$$/treasure Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Misc setting    -   prison

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references A lot of techno jargon?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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