A Murder at Rosamund's Gate

A Murder at Rosamund's Gate

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When her humdrum daily routine of chores and servitude is shattered by the ruthless murder of a fellow servant, 17th-century English chambermaid Lucy Campion battles legal obstacles, plague-infected crowds and a brutal killer to prove her wrongly accused brother's innocence. A first novel. 30,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave

For Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid serving in the household of the local magistrate, life is an endless repetition of polishing pewter, emptying chamber pots, and dealing with other household chores until a fellow servant is ruthlessly killed, and someone close to Lucy falls under suspicion. Lucy can't believe it, but in a time where the accused are presumed guilty until proven innocent, lawyers aren't permitted to defend their clients, and—if the plague doesn't kill the suspect first—public executions draw a large crowd of spectators, Lucy knows she may never find out what really happened. Unless, that is, she can uncover the truth herself.

Determined to do just that, Lucy finds herself venturing out of her expected station and into raucous printers' shops, secretive gypsy camps, the foul streets of London, and even the bowels of Newgate prison on a trail that might lead her straight into the arms of the killer.

In her debut novel Murder at Rosamund's Gate, Susanna Calkins seamlessly blends historical detail, romance, and mystery in a moving and highly entertaining tale.



Macmillan School

For Lucy Campion, a seventeenth-century English chambermaid serving in the household of the local magistrate, life is an endless repetition of polishing pewter, emptying chamber pots, and dealing with other household chores until a fellow servant is ruthlessly killed, and someone close to Lucy falls under suspicion. Lucy can't believe it, but in a time where the accused are presumed guilty until proven innocent, lawyers aren't permitted to defend their clients, and--if the plague doesn't kill the suspect first--public executions draw a large crowd of spectators, Lucy knows she may never find out what really happened. Unless, that is, she can uncover the truth herself.

Determined to do just that, Lucy finds herself venturing out of her expected station and into raucous printers' shops, secretive gypsy camps, the foul streets of London, and even the bowels of Newgate prison on a trail that might lead her straight into the arms of the killer.

In her debut novel Murder at Rosamund's Gate, Susanna Calkins seamlessly blends historical detail, romance, and mystery in a moving and highly entertaining tale.



Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781250007919
1250007917
9781250007902
1250007909
Branch Call Number: M CALKINS 2013
Characteristics: ix, 340 p. ; 22 cm

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multcolib_susannel Jun 02, 2014

Can a serving maid and her master's son find true happiness while battling the Black Plague and the Great London Fire? And now it seems that there is a more human element at work as the body count keeps rising higher.
A great read for the beach or a rainy winter's night.

BCD2013 May 12, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
In 1665 London, when a fellow servant is found murdered, Lucy a young chambermaid in a magistrate's household, sets out to discover the killer and begins uncovering secrets of her own heart.
- Anne Rouyer

hgeng63 Nov 04, 2013

Above average readability & plausibility. Really enjoyable & believable romantic tension. The atmosphere's a little thin & Lucy's a little too indispensable (esp. during the Black Death part), but I would be interested in reading Calkins' next bk.

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KarenW
Aug 29, 2013

It looked so promising that I saved this book for vacation. And I was very disappointed. What was supposed to a historical read is just a historical romance with little historical detail or accuracy. The parlance and customs are too modern so instead of finding out how it was to live during the plague and Great Fire of London, I only found dim witted platitudes. Lacking any real emotion, the house where the servant girl is working treats her and the others below stairs like equals. What a complete waste of time!

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