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Ashmole Foxe is approached by the mayor of Norwich and the manager of one of its oldest theatres, both wanting him to investigate sudden, baffling deaths. Foxe loathes the theatre manager, so he’ll have nothing to do with his tale of ghostly apparitions and the murder of an alcoholic, has-been actor. Instead, he turns to the mayor’s request — to resolve the killing of a rich merchant. The trouble is Foxe can’t quite put the theatre mystery out of his mind.
Both cases contain inexplicable events. How did someone stab the merchant as he was hosting a grand masquerade ball surrounded by his guests — without anyone seeing what happened? What has an actress dead for twenty years to do with the murder of someone who shouldn’t even have been in the current cast?
Urged on by cryptic messages from a local Cunning Woman and supported by his extended household and the street-children of the city, Foxe is soon entangled in webs of secrecy and deceit going back into the past and outwards as far as London itself.
“Bad Blood Will Out” is Book 4 of the Ashmole Foxe mystery series. Like the rest, it’s set in the fascinating world of 1760s England. The story shows how betrayal, greed, ambition and grief lead to a toxic mix of thwarted passions, grim obsession and slow-burning hatred. Before the end, it’s going to bring Foxe face-to-face with the most callous, cold-hearted and remorseless killer he has ever known.
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- Background Research (3)
- C18th Norfolk (36)
- Commerce (13)
- Cookery & Housecare (14)
- Crime (21)
- Fashion (9)
- Georgian Society (59)
- Keeping the Peace (6)
- Leisure (8)
- Medicine & Science (18)
- Military (8)
- News (1)
- Norfolk Eccentrics (3)
- Politics (15)
- Secret Service (4)
- Theatre (5)
- Tid-bits (20)
- Travel (10)
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Looking for something new to read?Mystery books for lovers of Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and similar traditional British whodunnits. Dr Adam Bascom and Mr Ashmole Foxe star in two series of traditional mysteries set in 18th-century Norfolk. You can see all the titles on Amazon.
Monthly Archives: March 2016
For several decades, from the 1770s onwards, one family provided the essential services of blacksmith to the small Norfolk village of Letheringsett. This was the Jex family. The family seem to have been well-established in Norfolk as prosperous tradesmen. Some … Continue reading
Giving short measure or trying to pass-off substandard goods is not a modern phenomenon. As the following notice from The Norwich Mercury of December, 1757 shows, the masters of the trade guilds sometimes took strong action against those who threatened … Continue reading
The Main Problem for Travellers wasn’t Highwaymen It’s inevitable that historical novelists, screen-writers – even the writers of popular history – should focus primarily on the more dramatic dangers facing travellers in the 18th century. Like highwaymen and footpads on … Continue reading
It’s often said girls of the middling sort in the eighteenth century were given little or no formal education. That seems to be contradicted by this advertisement from a Norwich newspaper of 1782. I’m delighted to see the emphasis on … Continue reading
In a previous post, I explained the demands of the 18th-century English Poor Laws. I also mentioned how I came on a locally-printed booklet of transcripts of records made by magistrates taking depositions under the Poor Law in Holt, Norfolk. … Continue reading
In these days, when theatre tickets may cost £50 or more (double that in London’s West End) it’s interesting to see just how much value our Georgian ancestors obtained for their money. Not just a ‘main attraction’ but various types … Continue reading