Death in St. James Park
In Restoration London, former Roundhead Thomas Chaloner is a spy with a Royalist employer who neither likes nor trusts him, a Royalist wife he rather regrets marrying, and a small army of enemies. To make things worse, the Earl of Clarendon not only bans him from investigating a mysterious and deadly explosion in Post Office Yard, but has him look instead into the poisoning of the royal fowls in St James Park. Poor Chaloner is not happy, but will soon find that there is more to his case than a few dead ducks. In this eighth instalment of her Chaloner Adventures, Gregory weaves an intricate tale of postal inefficiency, intrigue and vengeance. The time period and Chaloner’s dilemmas are interesting, but a contrived plot in which everything happens by chance and everyone keeps losing important papers, a host of cardboard characters, repetitive writing and the anachronistic attitude to animals make Death in St James’s Park a rather disappointing read.