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Scarlet Town - Laurence Jago (Hardback)
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Scarlet Town - Laurence Jago (Hardback)

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Hardback 320 Pages
Published: 05/10/2023
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Waterstones Says

From the author of former Waterstones Thriller of the Month Blue Water comes another richly evocative period mystery for Laurence Jago, as murder in a rotten borough at election time exposes sinister political machinations.

Shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger 2024

1796. A rigged election. A town at war. A murderer at large.

Disgraced former Foreign Office clerk Laurence Jago and his larger-than-life employer the journalist William Philpott have escaped America - and Philpott's near imprisonment for libel - by the skin of their teeth.

They return to Laurence's home town of Helston, Cornwall, in the hope of rest and recuperation, but instead find themselves in the middle of a tumultuous election that has the inhabitants of the town at one another's throats. Only two men may vote in this rotten borough, and when one of them dies in suspicious circumstances, Laurence is ordered to investigate on behalf of the town's patron, his old master the Duke of Leeds.

But it is no easy matter, thanks to the machinations of the rival political factions, not to mention the riotous performances of Toby the Sapient Hog. Then the second elector is poisoned and suspicion turns on the town doctor, the gentle Pythagoras Jago, Laurence's own cousin. Suddenly Laurence finds himself ensnared in generations of bad blood and petty rivalries, with his cousin's fate in his hands.

The new page-turning historical mystery from the author of Black Drop and Blue Water.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781800816961
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 620 g
Dimensions: 236 x 162 x 32 mm
Edition: Main


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Gloriously entertaining... Authentic and relentlessly pageturning, Scarlet Town provides fresh proof of its author's talent for setting a gripping murder mystery against a detailed backdrop of 18th-century society, and it further enhances her reputation as a first-class writer - Sunday Express

Wonderfully evocative - Telegraph

Leonora Nattrass transports the reader to 18th-century Cornwall and corrupt electioneering in a divided town... Writing with panache, Nattrass reminds us that rotten boroughs are hardly a new phenomenon. - Financial Times

As enjoyable a read as her earlier novels - Sunday Times

Nattrass is so at home with the history, customs and language of her chosen period that she bring a relaxed credibility to this tale of public and private malfeasance - Literary Review

I absolutely loved Scarlet Town... It is [Nattrass's] best yet - the characters and the story and setting are all just brilliant - S.G. MacLean, author of THE BOOKSELLER OF INVERNESS

This gets my vote! Jane Austen meets Agatha Christie in this cleverly plotted tale of courtship, poison, and electoral shenanigans. The characters and their dialogue, as ever with Leonora Nattrass, are wonderfully witty - Robert J. Lloyd, author of THE BLOODLESS BOY

I can't get enough of Nattrass's Laurence Jago series, and Scarlet Town is another fantastic instalment! With a setting and characters that leap off the page, Scarlet Town is an immersive and delightful read that I absolutely whizzed through. A brilliantly entertaining historical crime caper - I loved it - Philippa East, author of LITTLE WHITE LIES

An elegant, richly detailed, historical joy! Wonderful to be reunited with diffident 'hero' Laurence Jago, his green spectacles and his slyly amusing commentary - Kate Griffin, author of FYNESHADE

A brilliant addition to the Laurence Jago series, an election in an 18th Century Cornish town where only two people can vote and one of them dies... I loved it - J.B. Mylet, author of THE HOMES

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“Who doesn't love a sapient pig?”

This isn't my favourite historical novel but I am giving it an extra star for the sapient pig. The story flows enough to keep my interest but it isn't a topic that I particularly interested in.

Hardback edition
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“Witty, fast paced and entertaining Historical Murder Mystery”

First of all thank you to viper.books and serpentstail for my ARC in return for an honest review.

'Scarlet Town' by Leonora Nattrass

I absolutely LOVED this book!

As a history teacher as soon as the... More

Hardback edition
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“Witty, fast paced, entertaining Historical Murder Mystery”

First of all thank you to viper.books and serpentstail for my ARC!

'Scarlet Town' by Leonora Nattrass

I absolutely LOVED this book!

As a history teacher as soon as the blurb mentioned rotten boroughs and... More

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