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The Poison Machine

Fiction: Mystery
Unabridged   14 hour(s)
Publication date: 10/25/2022

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The Poison Machine

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696609739


In a thrilling sequel to The Bloodless Boy—a New York Times Best New Historical Novel of 2021—featuring real historic characters such as Christopher Wren and Issac Newton, early scientists Harry Hunt and Robert Hook of the Royal Society stumble on a plot to kill the Queen of England.

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London, 1679—A year has passed since the attempt to murder King Charles II, but London is still a viper's nest of rumored Catholic conspiracies, and of plots against them in turn. When Harry Hunt—estranged from his mentor Robert Hooke—is summoned to the remote and windswept marshes of Norfolk, he is at first relieved to get away from the place.

But in Norfolk, he finds that some Royal workers shoring up a riverbank have made a grim discovery—the skeleton of a dwarf. Harry is able to confirm that the skeleton is that of Captain Jeffrey Hudson, a prominent member of the court once famously given to the Queen in a pie. Except no one knew Hudson was dead, because another man had been impersonating him.

The hunt for the impersonator, clearly working as a spy, will take Harry to Paris, another city bedeviled by conspiracies and intrigues, and back, with encounters along the way with a flying man and a cross-dressing swordswoman—and to the uncovering of a plot to kill the Queen and all the Catholic members of her court. But where? When?

The Poison Machine is a brilliantly imagined historical thriller that will delight readers of its critically acclaimed predecessor, The Bloodless Boy.

Author Bio

Robert J. Lloyd is the author of The Bloodless Boy, which was selected by Publishers Weekly as a Mystery Book of the Year and the New York Times as a Best New Historical Novel of 2021.