Carver’s Quest

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This is the first novel from the author of 100 Must-Read Historical Novels, and Rennison has clearly used his wide reading wisely to craft an excellent adventure novel set in 1870. Traveller and gentleman Adam Carver and his not-so-dutiful and somewhat grumpy sidekick, Quint, become embroiled in a mystery connected to a lost manuscript which may lead to a wonderful treasure. Murder and political secrets are combined as Carver and Quint follow the trail from down-at-heel London to a strange monastery in rural Greece with elements of an Indiana Jones-type or Sherlock Holmes-type chase.

The book has an elegant, precise and amusing style, which is very readable. It really is a page turner which all historical fiction fans will relish. It is fast-paced and well plotted, yet oozing with period detail and imagination. This is labelled as book one, and I for one am already looking forward to the next in the series. Is there room for a number 101? Very possibly, and certainly this is very highly recommended. I enjoyed it immensely; it is the best historical novel I have read for some time.

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Century

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(UK) £12.99

ISBN
(UK) 9781848871793

Format
Hardback

Pages
434

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