The Scent of Death { ebook Pdf } AUTHOR Andrew Taylor

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Deepening Judge Wintour's beautiful daughter in law Arabella hides a tragedy in her past while his son plans a dangerous mission into enemy territory And what of Mr Noak the enigmatic clerk seemingly bent on a dubious course of his own One thing is clear the killing in Canvas Town was just the start of a trail of murder and it's leading directly to Savill. Edward Savill is a clerk sent to British occupied New York during the American War of Independence to log the claims of dispossessed loyalists His job is a tedious sinecure dependent on the patronage of his lofty father in law and it takes him away from his beloved daughter and from his strained relationship with his wife In New York he becomes a participant in a mystery involving murder espionage and the search for an elusive box of curiosities He also falls in love with the wife of his host Mrs Arabella Wintour who has secrets of her ownThis is a very gripping read the historical setting of New York under the British is interesting the mystery is tantalising the story has many twists and turns For me the two most successful aspects are how the author captures the historical context so convincingly and how he portrays the character of Savill who becomes a detective despite himself Here is a clerk with all the mindset of a man who owes his position to others who is reluctant to become involved who is honest and perhaps a bit boring to those around him but who despite himself has the reserves imagination and integrity to press the mystery to its tragic conclusion It may be that some may find Savill s transformation from passive participant to man of action rather sudden but for me this is a small uibble in an otherwise very convincing tale

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The Scent of Death

From the No 1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the American War of Independence Manhattan 1778 A city of secrets profiteers loyalists and double agents As the last part of America under British rule New York is home to a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the British crown Edward Savil. Frankly I could barely set it down It was right up there with Bleeding Heart Suare about which I once taught a class in evoking atmosphere and time The plot was superb with just enough hints to keep the reader curious without giving everything away The attitudes of the characters revealed so much about colonial America and politics about which many even history students are unaware The characters remind me of some of those in the Roth Trilogy in that there is a what we used to call sociopathic but now say borderline personality disorder uality to some of them Killing is matter of fact no big deal and is committed with no apparent sense of guilt or remorse I like this in a novel because by its very nature a novel is fictionit s fine with me if characters do not behave as they might in real lifeor as only a few might It was intriguing to hear the Other Side of the Story of the revolution from the perspective of the British We are used to thinking of our forebears as Patriots not rebelstraitors I smiled when the protagonist boarded the Lydmouth at the end of the story I thought about his name Savill and reflected that while he was socially a cut above the masses he was hardly an aristo and what social standing he had was a result of his employmentassociation with his employers So the name Savill like the famous and historic Saville Row known for fine clothing was so apthe had the right appearance but was short a letter I wondered about Mr Noak from the first for some reason perhaps because altruism in your books isn t always free of hidden agendas Also because of his nameNoak didn t sound like white hat and certainly it rhymes with No All in all a splendid readTaylor s books are always a genuine treat but Scent of Death was truly grand

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L is sent from London to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists No sooner does he land than he becomes embroiled in the case of a gentleman murdered in the city's notorious Canvas Town An escaped slave hangs for the crime but Savill is convinced they have executed the wrong man Lodging with the respected Wintour family Savill senses the mystery. 35 stars My review for USA TodayThe Scent of DeathBy Andrew TaylorHarperCollins 480 ppBad historical novelists almost always give themselves away with their dialogue first Blimey old egg and in good ones the reverse is true we slide indiscernibly into the rhythms of an older mode of speech until after a few pages it seems as natural as our own That s the case in this skillful novel which perfectly reproduces the loyalist experience of the American Revolution in the year 1778 when the British were beginning to panic about their chances of victory Its amiable narrator is Edward Savill he arrives from London to aid his countrymen but is soon shanghaied into becoming both spy and detective too The mystery he hopes to solve about a murder wrongly pinned to a runaway slave takes too long to pick up When it does though its threads come together nicely and throughout the atmosphere makes this a note perfect voyage into a different timehttpwwwusatodaycomstorylifebo


10 thoughts on “The Scent of Death

  1. says:

    Once again Andrew Taylor demonstrates that he is a master of the historical crime novel and I’d rate The Scent of Death even above Bleeding Heart Suare and Anatomy of Ghosts I especially love authors who help me think of familiar things in a

  2. says:

    A wonderful book The characters are so vivid and interesting the plot complex and expertly woven and the history has a deeply authentic feel I was thoroughly caught up in the story right from the startHighly recommended

  3. says:

    Frankly I could barely set it down It was right up there with Bleeding Heart Suare about which I once taught a

  4. says:

    35 stars My review for USA TodayThe Scent of DeathBy Andrew TaylorHarperCollins 480 ppBad historical novelists almost always give themselves away with their dialogue first Blimey old egg and in good ones the reverse is true — we slide indisc

  5. says:

    Another solid historical novel from Taylor who does his homework and has a gift for describing the period details of the era about which he is writing Here he paints a bleak picture of the last days of Colonial New York a compelling setting for a series of missteps and murders

  6. says:

    Edward Savill a London clerk lands in Manhattan in the wake of the War of Independence It's a city fraught with secrets divided loyalties and double agents home to a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the British crown It isn't long before Savill is swept up in the city's struggles trying to solve a

  7. says:

    The Scent Of Death is set in New York during the American War Of Independence where Edward Savill an English clerk is sent to New York to investigate claims by Loyalists that they have lost property Soon Edward Savill is thrown into a murder enuiry after a body is discovered and secrets and danger await himI have never rea

  8. says:

    Edward Savill is a clerk sent to British occupied New York during the American War of Independence to log the claims of dispossessed loyalists His job is a tedious sinecure dependent on the patronage of his lofty father in law and it takes him away from his beloved daughter and from his strained relationship with his wife In New York he becomes a participant in a mystery involving murder espionage and the search for an

  9. says:

    Well crafted and satisfying in the end but the structure of the story made this book really really drag until the last hundred or so pagesI had high hopes for this after reading Taylor's Anatomy of Ghosts and indeed this is on the whole a go

  10. says:

    I had such high hopes for The Scent of Death The premise sounded really interesting and I always love historical fictionthrillers Unfortunately Andrew Taylor did not deliver There were certainly parts that were interesting and fulfilled the thriller component of the story However there was a lot of unnecessary filler that just wasn't particularly interesting I think the Scent of Death would have benefitted from some serious editin