The Scent of Death

The Scent of Death

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Edward Savill, a London clerk from the American Department, is assigned to New York to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists caught on the wrong side of the American War of Independence. Surrounded by its enemies, British Manhattan is a melting pot of soldiers, profiteers, double agents and a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the Crown. Savill lodges with the respected Wintour family: the old Judge, his ailing wife and their enigmatic daughter-in-law Arabella. The family lives in limbo, praying for the safe return of Jack Wintour, Arabella's husband, who is missing behind rebel lines. The discovery of a body in the notorious slums of Canvas Town thrusts Savill into a murder inquiry. But in the escalating violence of a desperate city, why does one death matter? Because the secret this killing hides could be the key to power for whoever uncovers it...
Copyright Date: London :, HarperCollins,, 2013
ISBN: 9780007213535
Branch Call Number: F TAY NVD
Characteristics: 499 pages

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tiastreeter
Sep 10, 2015

Excellent historical fiction!

Helen100 Oct 03, 2014

This is a wonderful historical mystery/thriller set in New York during the 1778 American War of Independence.

I found that I was drawn into the story immediately and I loved the atmosphere that Andrew Taylor portrayed perfectly. I liked Edward Savill as the main character - he was an upright and likeable person who cared for children and knew his cowardice.

Even though I was pretty sure of the ending when I was only 1/2 through the book, I still thoroughly enjoyed this excellent novel. I highly recommend it.

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htliang
Oct 03, 2014

This is a wonderful historical mystery/thriller set in New York during the 1778 American War of Independence.

I found that I was drawn into the story immediately and I loved the atmosphere that Andrew Taylor portrayed perfectly. I liked Edward Savill as the main character - he was an upright and likeable person who cared for children and knew his cowardice.

Even though I was pretty sure of the ending when I was only 1/2 through the book, I still thoroughly enjoyed this excellent novel. I highly recommend it.

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Daphne57
Jun 08, 2013

Andrew Taylor succeeded in writing a living/breathing story of an incident and family during the US War of Independence.

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