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The Strangler Vine

by M. J. Carter

Part of the The Blake and Avery Mystery Series Series

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Strangler Vine

Absolutely riveting and fascinating in equal measure, the author seamlessly merges a fictional thrilling quest within the history of India and the East India Company during the mid 19th century. It’s a joy to read the interplay between the two main protagonists; Blake is a disenchanted maverick of a man and while the naive Avery initially flounders, he steadily gains credibility. This is an action packed galloping good yarn, yet the author has the wonderful ability to paint a vividly bright picture of the background and times without slowing the stimulating story. Some of the characters in this book actually existed and the historical afterword explaining their background is an interesting read in its own right and adds to the authenticity. Knowing that Blake and Avery are set to return in ‘The Infidel Stain’ is a satisfying consolation when you reach the end, as you’re nowhere near ready to say goodbye to this fabulously captivating duo. 

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The Strangler Vine Synopsis

This is the first of three rip-roaring capers, introducing Blake and Avery, a Watson and Holmes duo for the 1830s and 40s.

Calcutta 1837. The East India Company rules India - or most of it; and its most notorious and celebrated son, Xavier Mountstuart, has gone missing. William Avery, a down-at-heel junior officer in the Company's army, is sent to find him, in the unlikely company of the enigmatic and uncouth Jeremiah Blake. A more mismatched duo couldn't be imagined, but they must bury their differences as they are caught up in a search that turns up too many unanswered questions and seems bound to end in failure.

What was it that so captivated Mountstuart about the Thugs, the murderous sect of Kali-worshippers who strangle innocent travellers by the roadside? Who is Jeremiah Blake and can he be trusted? And why is the whole enterprise shrouded in such secrecy? In the dark heart of Company India, Avery will have to fight for his very life, and in defence of a truth he will wish he had never learned.

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The Good Book Guide Review

It is 1837, and the East India Trading Company governs India. After only nine months based in Calcutta as an ensign in the company’s army, young officer William Avery is already jaded and debt-ridden, and anxious to return to England. But then the celebrated poet, Xavier Mountstuart goes missing, lost on a reckless expedition to seek out the last of the infamous Thugs. Avery swiftly finds himself teamed with the tetchy, foul-mouthed ex-Captain Jeremiah Blake, on a dangerous mission, spanning 700 miles, to find Mountstuart.

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780241966556
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780241146231
Publication date: 30/01/2014
Publisher: Fig Tree an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241966556
Publication date: 4th September 2014
Author: M. J. Carter
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About M. J. Carter

M. J. Carter is a former journalist and the author of two acclaimed works of non-fiction: Anthony Blunt: His Lives and The Three Emperors: Three Cousins, Three Empires and the Road to World War One. M. J. Carter is married with two sons and lives in London.

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