The Painted Lady

26 Oct

Araminta Jewell is the idol of a group of restoration rakes with their eyes on her virginity. She scuppers their plans by marrying. One of them, however, is not standing for this, and when her husband is murdered it is up to Christopher Redmayne (a royalist and architect) and Jonathan Bale (puritan and constable) to find the culprit before an innocent man is executed for a crime he didn’t commit.

“The Painted Lady”, is the sixth, and sadly, last of the Christopher Redmayne novels by Edward Marston. He switched to doing only his railway crime novels after this one.

Which is a massive disappointment as Christopher Redmayne and Jonathan Bale are the most delightful and unlikely crime fighting duo since Randall and Hopkirk (deceased).

Full of glorious restoration period detail and wonderfully colourful characters, including Christopher’s dissolute brother Henry. “The Painted Lady” is a glorious high note to the series.

I still want more. 😦

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