The Salisbury Manuscript [NOOK Book]


Praise for Philip Gooden:

“Great fun.”—Guardian

“Gooden will give you a gratifying taste of the danger and excitement of that lusty place and time.”—Publishers Weekly

In 1873 a canon dies violently while sneaking ancient artifacts ...
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The Salisbury Manuscript

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Praise for Philip Gooden:

“Great fun.”—Guardian

“Gooden will give you a gratifying taste of the danger and excitement of that lusty place and time.”—Publishers Weekly

In 1873 a canon dies violently while sneaking ancient artifacts out of a burial chamber on the outskirts of Salisbury. London lawyer Tom Ansell discovers the body and comes under suspicion of his murder. To clear himself, he must find the killer.

Philip Gooden is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. He is currently the chair of the Crime Writers’ Association in the United Kingdom. He has been shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Award.

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Publishers Weekly

In Gooden's pallid whodunit, the first in a new series set in British cathedral towns during the Victorian era, London attorney Thomas Ansell travels to Salisbury to take custody of a manuscript belonging to Canon Felix Slater-the racy memoirs of the canon's father, George, who knew writers like Byron and Shelley and sowed "quite a few wild oats in his youth." Shortly after Ansell arrives in Salisbury and meets Slater, someone murders the canon in his study with one of the flint spearheads he'd dug up in the neighborhood. The police suspect Ansell of the crime after finding him near the body, his hands stained with the victim's blood. To clear his name, Ansell turns amateur sleuth. Unmemorable main figures, coupled with some odd authorial editorializing and a clichéd denouement make this a less than engaging read. Fans of Gooden's Shakespearean mystery series (That Sleep of Death, etc.) will hope for a return to form in the next installment. (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569477748
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 720,136
  • File size: 765 KB

Meet the Author

Philip Gooden is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. He is currently the chair of CWA in the UK. He has been shorlisted for the Ellis Peters Award, and his nonfiction reference book Faux Pas won the Duke of Edinburgh's English Speaking Union Award for Best English Language Book in 2006.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a fun late nineteenth century English mystery

    In 1873, London attorney Thomas Ansell travels to Salisbury to pick up Canon Felix Slater¿s manuscript of his father¿s explicit memoir. George Slater was a compatriot of the great romance authors like Lord Byron, but his reputation was earned for his hedonistic ways especially womanizing.============== After Thomas and Slater meet, someone murders the latter in his study the murder weapon is a flint spearhead. The local police find Ansell near the corpse with his hands wet with blood. He knows he is prime suspect though the motive the cops assign to him is greed re stealing the manuscript. Not trusting the police to look elsewhere and needing to clear his name of scandal let alone murder suspicion, Ansell investigates.============= This interesting Victorian amateur sleuth hooks the audience with an engaging whodunit and an unusual writing style that initially stuns the reader, but once adjusted seems apropos as it adds to the sense of time and place. Ansell is a fascinating protagonist who knows he is in over his head when he applies his legal skills to a murder mystery, but feels he has no choice. Although the ending seems too obvious, THE SALISBURY MANUSCRIPT is a fun late nineteenth century English mystery.================ Harriet Klausner

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