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The Last Hours

by Minette Walters

Part of the The Last Hours Series

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery eBooks of the Month Historical Fiction Relationship Stories Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Last Hours

A scorching and beautifully written epic tale set in 1348, a time that sends a jagged screech of fingernails down the blackboard of history. Step away from the present into the midst of the Black Death, to overwhelming fear and confusion. The moated centre of one estate in Dorset appears to offer sanctuary, yet the treacherous play of human emotions wreaks havoc. I am a fan of Minette Walters, she has the ability to look behind and beyond the obvious, and she is eminently suited to this new genre. A lot of characters are introduced, yet there is no confusion, each was clear in my mind, known to me and vibrantly alive. The descriptions took me directly through the words and into this compelling story. The Last Hours is the first of two novels, it quickly puts down roots and takes hold, ensuring a gripping, striking and remarkably readable tale. 

Books in The Last Hours Series:

1. The Last Hours

2. The Turn of Midnight

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The Last Hours Synopsis

A deadly plague is spreading across the land... England, 1348: as the Black Death spreads through the country, people start to die by the thousands. In Dorset, young Lady Anne takes control of her lands, with her trusted steward, Thaddeus, at her side. Compassionate and resourceful, she decides to quarantine the estate against the terrifying pestilence, bringing some two hundred serfs inside the moated walls. But in such a confined space, conflicts soon arise. Ignorant of the world outside, Lady Anne's people wrestle with the terrible uncertainty of their futures. Fearing starvation but fearing the disease even more, who amongst them has the courage to leave the security of the walls? And how safe is anyone when a dreadful event threatens the uneasy status quo...?

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The Last Hours Press Reviews

Historical novels depend upon the writer's ability to create a credible past world and Walters manages this very well...This is an ideal read for those who just want a good story well told. Snuggle up in a chair on a cold winter night and enjoy. - nudge-book.com

A seductive writer with an imagination that makes her dangerous to know - Sunday Express

A vividly-wrought and powerful story. With The Last Hours, Minette Walters has brought her impressive skill as a writer of psychological crime to create a dark and gripping depiction of Medieval England in the jaws of the Black Death. - Elizabeth Fremantle on The Last Hours

Minette Walters is a master at building engrossing tales around a single, life-shattering event. - Washington Post

An enthralling account of a calamitous time, and above all a wonderful testimony to the strength of the human spirit. I was caught from the first page. - Julian Fellowes on The Last Hours

Wonderful and sweeping, with a fabulous sense of place and history - Kate Mosse on The Last Hours

A staggeringly talented writer. - Guardian

Atmosphere, imagination and narrative power of which few other writers are capable - The Times

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ISBN: 9781760632151
Publication date: 07/06/2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781760632144
Publication date: 07/06/2018
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781760632137
Publication date: 02/11/2017
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781760632144
Publication date: 7th June 2018
Author: Minette Walters
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 576 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Historical mysteries,

About Minette Walters

Minette Walters is one of England’s best-selling crime writers. She is the author of twelve novels, winning the CWA John Creasey Award for the The Ice House, the Edgar Allan Poe Award in America for The Sculptress and two CWA Gold Daggers for The Scold’s Bridle and Fox Evil. She lives in Dorset with her husband and has been translated into thirty-six languages.Her fascination with the dark side of the human psyche began when she read Grimm’s Fairy Tales at seven years old. Her favourite characters were wicked stepmothers whose evil deeds led ...

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