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Savage Magic by Lloyd Shepherd
  

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The third in this excellent series featuring Constable Charles Horton of the River Police. He is investigating strange goings-on in a grand house in Surrey where the locals fear witchcraft is afoot. Then a group of powerful men who call themselves the Sybarites start dying. These men indulge in feasting, drinking and orgies with prostitutes and Horton has to handle both cases. The link and solution is ingenious and once again the author has given us a highly satisfying puzzle to solve, one that could easily have two answers. Wonderful stuff.

If you like Lloyd Shepherd you might also like to read books by Susanna Clarke, Andrew Pepper and C. J. Sansom.

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Synopsis

Savage Magic by Lloyd Shepherd

It's 1814 and the streets of London's Covent Garden are at the centre of a dark trade, enticing rich and poor alike with a cocktail of gin and beer and sex. Behind their own fashionable private doors in the surrounding parishes a group of aristocratic young men are found murdered, all of them wearing the mask of a satyr, all of them behind locked doors with no signs of entry. Constable Charles Horton's investigation into these violent crimes begins, quite by chance, at Thorpe Lee House in Surrey, where accusations of witchcraft have swept the village. What connects these broken London men, savage with the pursuit of pleasure, and a country village awash with folklore and talk of burning witches? The answers lie, yet again, under lock and key, in a madhouse for the deranged, where Horton's wife Abigail seeks refuge from her disordered mind. In this world of witchcraft and madhouses, whores and aristocrats, it's a savage magic indeed that holds its victims in its thrall. Lloyd Shepherd's most ambitious novel to date is a triumph of the imagination. His rich cast of characters weaves a hugely satisfying story of depth, insight and exquisite drama.

About the Author

Lloyd Shepherd is a former journalist and digital producer who has worked for the Guardian, Channel 4, the BBC and Yahoo. He lives in South London with his family.

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Publication date

28th August 2014

Author

Lloyd Shepherd

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www.lloydshepherd.com/

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Hardback
432 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Crime / Mystery
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471136061

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