The King's Evil

The King s Evil Christopher Redmayne is a true Restoration man After destruction wrought by the Great Fire he is also one of the architects working to restore London to its previous splendor This novel is a historic

  • Title: The King's Evil
  • Author: Edward Marston
  • ISBN: 9780747262558
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • Christopher Redmayne is a true Restoration man After destruction wrought by the Great Fire, he is also one of the architects working to restore London to its previous splendor This novel is a historical drama centered on the turmoil of restoration England.

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    1. Edward Marston

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the database with this name See this thread for information A pseudonym used by Keith MilesAKA A.E MarstonKeith Miles born 1940 is an English author, who writes under his own name and also historical fiction and mystery novels under the pseudonym Edward Marston He is known for his mysteries set in the world of Elizabethan theatre He has also written a series of novels based on events in the Domesday Book, a series of The Railway Detective and a series of The Home Front Detective.Series contributed to Malice Domestic Crime Through Time Perfectly Criminal


    1. Fun, engaging and historically informative, I especially and gratefully appreciate how Edward Marston, how the author allows the friendship between the two main protagonists, between Christopher Redmayne and Jonathan Bale to progress slowly, organically, and yes, even at times much painfully (and therefore realistically, considering their vast and at first almost insurmountable differences both socially and religiously), that there is not some sudden deus ex machina enlightenment of sudden compa [...]

    2. I had mixed feelings about this one. The mystery was interesting enough, but I couldn't quite believe in Christopher as a man of his time. Not a series that I'm desperate to keep following.

    3. ‘The King’s Evil’ is a reprint of the first of the Christopher Redmayne novels, a historical mystery series set in Restoration England. This is one of Edward Marston’s five historical series and each series has a devoted readership. I’m particularly fond of the Victorian Railway Detective, Inspector Robert Colbeck, and the Elizabethan stage manager, Nicholas Bracewell. Marston has a solid grip on his craft and all his books are well written, well researched and a most enjoyable read. [...]

    4. I've enjoyed Marstons work before (I absolutely love the Elizabethan theatre series) so was looking forward to sinking my teeth into this. I wasn't disappointed, it is a well written novel laced with action and mystery. I love the two unlikely heroes, Christopher and Jonathan and I thought Henry was brilliant. Those who enjoy Historical fiction and action will love this.

    5. To be honest it's more 4and a half but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. An enjoyable mystery and characters I rather liked but the solution, while feasible, was a bit of a stretch from the information we had. I shall, nevertheless, be moving on to the next book with all speed. lol

    6. Thoroughly enjoyable book, good pace, well developed plot. Look forward to the rest of the series.

    7. The King’s Evil is the first in a series by Edward Marston (who wrote the marvellous Nicholas Bracewell series set in Elizabethan England) set during the Restoration and the early years of Charles II’s reign. The year is 1666, immediately after the Great Fire has decimated London and rebuilding is commencing. The book introduces the reader to young and aspiring architect Christopher Redmayne, while the series follows his fortunes and misfortunes. Though blessed with great talent, Redmayne’ [...]

    8. This series by Marston is an excellent read. There are six books in this series; this is the first. Set in England's Restoration period, after Cromwell's death and with King Charles II on the throne, the hero Christopher Redmayne relentlessly pursues murders and uncovers mysteries. Redmayne is a Cavalier architect who is doing his part to rebuild London after the Great Fire of 1666, and with the assistance of an able Roundhead constable, Jonathan Bale, is an engaging character with an outrageous [...]

    9. Enjoyable nonsense, set during the Restoration, featuring a rather too-good-to-be-true architect and all-round Mr Perfect, Christopher Redmayne and Constable Honest Bluff, Jonathan Beale. Regardless, the plot is simple and entertaining enough without falling into the usual sallacious detail beloved of such as Rose Tremain (Merivel and Restoration come to mind). Thankfully, Charles II is a peripheral character this time, although I daresay much more will be seen of the simpering female characters [...]

    10. I loved this book. I like mysteries that are set in a time and/or place with which I am totally unfamiliar. This book is set in London after the Great Fire. Christopher Redmayne is a budding architect who wants to be a player in the rebuilding of London. He teams up with Jonathan Bale, a constable, to solve a murder. I felt the "feel" of the book and the settings transported me to a long ago and far away place. I like learning things about what life was like at that time and in that place. I rec [...]

    11. An exceptionally well-written historical mystery, with believable characterisations. Marston's style is flowing and easy to devour, and blessedly free from the tedious pseudo-historical flourishes beloved by many historical fiction writers! The setting of Restoration London is interesting, and there are some similarities with the Chaloner mysteries, but Marston is more historically accurate in terms of his depictions of Puritan life in particular. Interesting for both mystery lovers and history [...]

    12. I really enjoyed this book because it is a light read and is not too demanding on the little grey cells. The sense of period and place is not as good as other authors (Gregory or Sanson for instance), but it is an easy read with likeable characters. The protagonists of the story give a feel for the social and political extremes of the time - the Royalist gentleman, the Roundhead parish constable and his Quaker neighbour as well as the hedonism of the wealthy of Restoration London.

    13. A decent enough read, closer to a 3.5 rating. An okay plot and characters with a good take on post-Cromwell London. One area that was somewhat annoying was the author's style when relating conversations among characters. Rather than "s/he said" or "Christopher exclaimed"the author used the phrase "e other said" or "e other uttered"This occurred throughout the novel. I found it to a tad bit distracting.

    14. I really liked the idea of a detective series set during the Restoration period, and was intrigued by the setting of this novel in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London. However, all the characters are rather two-dimensional. I'd also been hoping for more period atmosphere and a touch more humour.

    15. A pleasant enough way of whiling away a few idle hours, it is evident that the author has conducted a lot of research into Restoration London. The characters failed entirely to grab me, though I did want to see how the story ended. Would I read another in the series? Yes I would. A great way to while away a long train journey.

    16. This book took me a while to get into - so much so it was one of the rare books I considered leaving half way through. Im pleased I persevered and it ended up being a decent read. Wouldn't hugely recommend it and certainly wouldn't go out of way to read other novels by the same author but gripped me intermittently.

    17. A brilliant read - I couldn't put it down. I loved the background of the Great Fire of London that started the book and the insight into how they went about starting to rebuild afterwards. The characters were well done and overall well written - looking forward to reading the rest of Marston's novels.

    18. Stilted dialogue and boring characters. I made it to the distracting use of dynamite (famously invented by Nobel in the 19th century) to fight the Great London Fire of 1667 before I gave up. If the author can't bother to do basic historical research, they shouldn't bother writing historical fiction. And I can't be bothered to read it.

    19. I would definitely read another one of this series because the characters intrigue me. The dialogue had a tendency to grate on my nerves. I suppose it was the way it flowed that bothered me. Overall, it was a decent book.

    20. I liked this very much. I appreciated the effort to make the phrasing closer to what people would have used in 17th century England, but I also enjoyed the story.

    21. Always enjoy this sort of fiction. Set just after the great fir of london. Quite lightweight reading but ok.

    22. Interesting mix of characters, from different backgrounds, who end up working together, for a common goal. If you like Marstons other series, such as The Railway Detective, you'll enjoy this.

    23. Enjoyable start to a series based in Restoration times. Edward Marston is a good writer of historical mysteries.

    24. Enjoyed this book from the first page. I had never read anything by this author before and now have two more of this series to read.

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