Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT DARK THREADS OF VENGEANCE by William Savage @penandpension

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Terry has been reading Dark Threads Of Vengeance by William Savage


Dark Threads of Vengeance by William Savage

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

The second book, a stand alone, in the Ashmole Foxe series. Foxe is an charismatic and witty businessman living in 18th century Norwich, a sociable and inquisitive chap with his finger in many pies, who is often called upon by those in power in the city to help solve crimes. This time, it is the murder of Joseph Morrow, a devoutly religious and widely disliked banker, and owner of a yarn business.

The story begins with his murder, an excellent start. This is the fourth book I have read by William Savage, and, as before, I enjoyed the descriptions of the Norfolk of 250 years ago; the domestic detail is well-placed, and of interest to anyone who wishes to know more about how people lived in this time. The author’s strength is his witty dialogue and characterisation, and in this book both lived up to my expectations. There is a marvellous part when Foxe, recently depressed by circumstances in his private life, dresses extravagantly one morning to lift his spirits. On entering his bookshop, he imagines his business partner’s surprised expression to be one of awe at his fine appearance, though the reader learns that the reason for her raised eyebrows is that she wonders if he has taken leave of his senses, to be dressed in such ridiculous finery at this time in the morning. Later, another associate described him as a ‘strutting popinjay’. I loved that!

I found the beginning of the book a little exposition-heavy, as Foxe’s circumstances are explained to the reader; although this book is a stand alone, better description is given about him in his first book, The Fabric of Murder, but it is not necessary to read it first. On occasion I found the intricacies of the plot a little repetitive and long-winded, but, as always with this author’s books, I am just thinking ‘hmm, this is going on a bit’ when it perks up. When this happens, it’s great; the good in his books is very, very good indeed.

Recommended for all who like clever, light mystery fiction of this period, and who like to learn something of the history, too.

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11 thoughts on “Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT DARK THREADS OF VENGEANCE by William Savage @penandpension

  1. Hi Terry – the history element of Norwich and the area sounds fascinating … that’s the sort of light read I enjoy … mystery with history … cheers Hilary


    • You don’t need to read the previous one, though I think it is slightly better, but that’s only my opinion, we’re all different! It’s very well done, though; I’m officially a fan!


    • Markus, it’s only a matter of thinking about what you did and didn’t like about a book; making notes as you go along helps, and of course on the Kindle you can highlight and make them more easily! Start with a one paragraph summary of the plot. You can also highlight any really good quotes 🙂


  2. Terry, your reviews are always fair-minded, well thought out, and kind. If you enjoy the story, you never punish an author for a few things that aren’t “perfect.”

    Pinned & shared. 🙂


    • Thank you, Linda! Few books are completely perfect, and although I think reviews are primarily for the reader, I like to think that a bit of constructive criticism can help a writer, as well as letting the reader know what to expect – I know I’ve been helped by it in the past :). I don’t see the point of saying that a book is all totally great if it’s not, because it misleads those who might buy it – and something that is a negative for one reader might be a plus for another, too!


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