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Book Review: A Conspiracy of Violence by Susanna Gregory

A Conspiracy of Violence unfolds thrilling accounts of vile mystery in the aftermath of Restoration London, somewhere around 1662. Thomas Chaloner is a spy cum apparent male protagonist but probably not the lead protagonist as the book abounds with many important as well as insignificant characters.

Soon after Cromwell is defeated and being out of the contest, new conspiracies against the new king begin taking place and so Thomas begins working for inconsistent bosses for his basic needs but as the events unfurl untowardly his obedience towards his reporting chiefs’ tumbles down. To an extent, Thomas being a top-class spy finds tough to understand who is true and whom to trust and where to report. Finally, his spying caliber nears a brink of extinction.  

Strange enough, over-mingling of characters and events delay the exact clues for investigation. Therefore, many assumed Thomas isn’t a perfect spy – which he ought to be as per the readers’ expectations. The book is fine with language and settings and history of that time. On the whole, the book is a good read if you really want to dig out the grim realities, the fiction way, of the 16th century’s way of life and politics of London. 


  1. Both men and women prefer to hear gossip about people who is in the illuminati, but women tend to be more fanatic and talk more about other women.


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