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The Scent of Death

L is sent from London to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists No sooner does he land than he becomes embroiled in the case of a gentleman murdered in the city's notorious Canvas Town An escaped slave hangs for the crime but Savill is convinced they have executed the wrong man Lodging with the respected Wintour family Savill senses the mystery Another solid historical novel from Taylor who does his homework and has a gift for describing the period details of the era about which he is writing Here he paints a bleak picture of the last days of Colonial New York a compelling setting for a series of missteps and murders

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From the No 1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the American War of Independence Manhattan 1778 A city of secrets profiteers loyalists and double agents As the last part of America under British rule New York is home to a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the British crown Edward Savil Frankly I could barely set it down It was right up there with Bleeding Heart Suare about which I once taught a class in evoking atmosphere and time The plot was superb with just enough hints to keep the reader curious without giving everything away The attitudes of the characters revealed so much about colonial America and politics about which many even history students are unaware The characters remind me of some of those in the Roth Trilogy in that there is a what we used to call sociopathic but now say borderline personality disorder uality to some of them Killing is matter of fact no big deal and is committed with no apparent sense of guilt or remorse I like this in a novel because by its very nature a novel is fictionit's fine with me if characters do not behave as they might in real lifeor as only a few might It was intriguing to hear the Other Side of the Story of the revolution from the perspective of the British We are used to thinking of our forebears as Patriots not rebelstraitors I smiled when the protagonist boarded the Lydmouth at the end of the story I thought about his name Savill and reflected that while he was socially a cut above the masses he was hardly an aristo and what social standing he had was a result of his employmentassociation with his employers So the name Savill like the famous and historic Saville Row known for fine clothing was so apthe had the right appearance but was short a letter I wondered about Mr Noak from the first for some reason perhaps because altruism in your books isn't always free of hidden agendas Also because of his nameNoak didn't sound like white hat and certainly it rhymes with No All in all a splendid readTaylor's books are always a genuine treat but Scent of Death was truly grand

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Deepening Judge Wintour's beautiful daughter in law Arabella hides a tragedy in her past while his son plans a dangerous mission into enemy territory And what of Mr Noak the enigmatic clerk seemingly bent on a dubious course of his own? One thing is clear the killing in Canvas Town was just the start of a trail of murder and it's leading directly to Savil The Scent Of Death is set in New York during the American War Of Independence where Edward Savill an English clerk is sent to New York to investigate claims by Loyalists that they have lost property Soon Edward Savill is thrown into a murder enuiry after a body is discovered and secrets and danger await himI have never read a book by Andrew Taylor before this so I wasn’t sure what to expect However I really uite enjoyed this book Having never read anything about The American War Of Independence I must admit I did find it a little bit hard to get into the story at first but within a few chapters I had settled into the narrativeThe descriptions in the book were very well written As soon as Savill arrived in America I could sense the atmosphere and everything was so vivid that I could picture every single clearly in my mind It was as if I’d been transported back in time wow Andrew Taylor has clearly done his research and it shows for me the descriptions and setting were my favourite part of the storyThere is a lot to devour and uncover in this book The Scent Of Death is brilliant for fans of historical novels or anyone with interest in the American War Of Independence Not only that but there is mystery adventure murder and suspense making this an intriguing and compelling read


About the Author: Andrew Taylor

Andrew Taylor b is a British author of mysteries Born in East Anglia he attended university at Cambridge before getting an MA in library sciences from University College London His first novel Caroline The Scent PDF or Miniscule a modern day treasure hunt starring history student William Dougal began an eight book series and won Taylor wide critical acclaim He has written several other thrill.



10 thoughts on “The Scent of Death

  1. says:

    Once again Andrew Taylor demonstrates that he is a master of the historical crime novel and I’d rate The Scent of Death even above Bleeding Heart Suare and Anatomy of Ghosts I especially love authors who help me think of familiar things in a new way To most Americans the War of American Independence which they habitually call “the Revolutionary War” was an international conflict between Great Britain and America To those of us who are historically sophisticated it was also a civil war fought in the American colonies between the Loyalists and the rebels who Americans usually call “the Patriots” But this story made me aware that it was also a party conflict between British subjects on both sides of the Atlantic the whigs and the tories Which explains why British whig politicians such as Mr Burke and Mr Fox supported the rebelling American colonists because they embarrassed the tory government of Lord North Of course in Britain the struggle was carried on with pamphlets and Parliamentary speeches in America if was also with gunpowder and lead Which is why to this day most Americans refer to the Loyalists as Tories though I doubt if one in a hundred has the foggiest notion of what those Tories had in common with the supporters of Mr Cameron today Yes there is a real historical relationshipTaylor beautifully evokes the atmosphere of New York city under siege The narrator Edward Savill a somewhat naive English visitor from the American Office in London provides an unfamiliar point of view on this uncouth provincial town so crude compared with London The American Loyalist characters are well drawn and varied though I could not help being anachronistically amused that the heroine was named Mrs Wintour kept thinking of Prada I admired the touches of 18th century diction one’s “address” is also one’s “direction” The author is very generous with his clues I missed the significance of the title damn it and the alert reader should be able to figure out what the principal characters are up to and the backstory of the slave Juvenal Was his master Mr Froude a reader of the Roman satirists? Towards the end the story turns thriller with a terrifying struggle on the frozen Hudson RiverI loved one minor character the very brave and resourceful Mehitabel Tippet and was sorry she just faded out at the end She certainly deserved a happy endingMy favourite of Taylor’s novels still remain the Roth trilogy and the total lack of spirituality renders the characters in The Scent of Death very shallow But that absence fits the period all too wello


  2. says:

    A wonderful book The characters are so vivid and interesting the plot complex and expertly woven and the history has a deeply authentic feel I was thoroughly caught up in the story right from the startHighly recommended


  3. says:

    Frankly I could barely set it down It was right up there with Bleeding Heart Suare about which I once taught a class in evoking atmosphere and time The plot was superb with just enough hints to keep the reader curious without giving everything away The attitudes of the characters revealed so much about colonial America and politics about which many even history students are unaware The characters remind me of some of those in the Roth Trilogy in that there is a what we used to call sociopathic but now say borderline personality disorder uality to some of them Killing is matter of fact no big deal and is committed with no apparent sense of guilt or remorse I like this in a novel because by its very nature a novel is fictionit's fine with me if characters do not behave as they might in real lifeor as only a few might It was intriguing to hear the Other Side of the Story of the revolution from the perspective of the British We are used to thinking of our forebears as Patriots not rebelstraitors I smiled when the protagonist boarded the Lydmouth at the end of the story I thought about his name Savill and reflected that while he was socially a cut above the masses he was hardly an aristo and what social standing he had was a result of his employmentassociation with his employers So the name Savill like the famous and historic Saville Row known for fine clothing was so apthe had the right appearance but was short a letter I wondered about Mr Noak from the first for some reason perhaps because altruism in your books isn't always free of hidden agendas Also because of his nameNoak didn't sound like white hat and certainly it rhymes with No All in all a splendid readTaylor's books are always a genuine treat but Scent of Death was truly grand


  4. says:

    35 stars My review for USA TodayThe Scent of DeathBy Andrew TaylorHarperCollins 480 ppBad historical novelists almost always give themselves away with their dialogue first Blimey old egg and in good ones the reverse is true — we slide indiscernibly into the rhythms of an older mode of speech until after a few pages it seems as natural as our own That's the case in this skillful novel which perfectly reproduces the loyalist experience of the American Revolution in the year 1778 when the British were beginning to panic about their chances of victory Its amiable narrator is Edward Savill; he arrives from London to aid his countrymen but is soon shanghaied into becoming both spy and detective too The mystery he hopes to solve about a murder wrongly pinned to a runaway slave takes too long to pick up When it does though its threads come together nicely and throughout the atmosphere makes this a note perfect voyage into a different timehttpwwwusatodaycomstorylifebo


  5. says:

    Another solid historical novel from Taylor who does his homework and has a gift for describing the period details of the era about which he is writing Here he paints a bleak picture of the last days of Colonial New York a compelling setting for a series of missteps and murders


  6. says:

    Edward Savill a London clerk lands in Manhattan in the wake of the War of Independence It's a city fraught with secrets divided loyalties and double agents home to a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the British crown It isn't long before Savill is swept up in the city's struggles trying to solve a murder for which a falsely accused slave was hanged Distracted by his host's beautiful daughter in law Arabella Savill must search under the masks worn by those around him for the dangerous truth at the city's heartThere is something wonderfully reassuring about the weight and tactile beauty of this book It promises long nights curled in a favourite armchair absorbed in a story by a master storyteller And it doesn't disappoint Taylor is at the height of his powers weaving a complex set of strands with such skill that the effect is almost effortless His narrator Savill is a convincing observer Arriving emotionally numb from his long journey away from a difficult marriage to an alien Manhattan the first human he sees is the floating corpse of a rebel This introduction to a world famous city visceral and unsettling stays with the reader throughout the story It reminds us that nothing and no one is uite as it seems Read on


  7. says:

    The Scent Of Death is set in New York during the American War Of Independence where Edward Savill an English clerk is sent to New York to investigate claims by Loyalists that they have lost property Soon Edward Savill is thrown into a murder enuiry after a body is discovered and secrets and danger await himI have never read a book by Andrew Taylor before this so I wasn’t sure what to expect However I really uite enjoyed this book Having never read anything about The American War Of Independence I must admit I did find it a little bit hard to get into the story at first but within a few chapters I had settled into the narrativeThe descriptions in the book were very well written As soon as Savill arrived in America I could sense the atmosphere and everything was so vivid that I could picture every single clearly in my mind It was as if I’d been transported back in time wow Andrew Taylor has clearly done his research and it shows for me the descriptions and setting were my favourite part of the storyThere is a lot to devour and uncover in this book The Scent Of Death is brilliant for fans of historical novels or anyone with interest in the American War Of Independence Not only that but there is mystery adventure murder and suspense making this an intriguing and compelling read


  8. says:

    Edward Savill is a clerk sent to British occupied New York during the American War of Independence to log the claims of dispossessed loyalists His job is a tedious sinecure dependent on the patronage of his lofty father in law and it takes him away from his beloved daughter and from his strained relationship with his wife In New York he becomes a participant in a mystery involving murder espionage and the search for an elusive `box of curiosities' He also falls in love with the wife of his host Mrs Arabella Wintour who has secrets of her ownThis is a very gripping read the historical setting of New York under the British is interesting; the mystery is tantalising; the story has many twists and turns For me the two most successful aspects are how the author captures the historical context so convincingly and how he portrays the character of Savill who becomes a detective despite himself Here is a clerk with all the mindset of a man who owes his position to others who is reluctant to become involved who is honest and perhaps a bit boring to those around him but who despite himself has the reserves imagination and integrity to press the mystery to its tragic conclusion It may be that some may find Savill's transformation from passive participant to man of action rather sudden but for me this is a small uibble in an otherwise very convincing tale


  9. says:

    Well crafted and satisfying in the end but the structure of the story made this book really really drag until the last hundred or so pagesI had high hopes for this after reading Taylor's Anatomy of Ghosts and indeed this is on the whole a good story But it's really convoluted and hard to follow and the reader is asked to slog through a lot of text that drones and drags to get to the payoff at the end Had the story been structured differently perhaps a bit action in the first 75% of the book I would probably feel favorably toward it Taylor's books are also tough to like even if you can appreciate them because the characters are not terribly endearing What they are is often exceptionally realistic which I can certainly respect It's a brave way to write characters in a way because reality casts so few of us as the heroes we like to read about Still as much as I tip my cap to Taylor for going out on a limb with this most of us read for pleasure especially when reading novels And while there's a degree of flawed persona necessary to legitimize a character too much of that takes away our chance to like those we're reading about and damages the book's entertainment value And entertainment is first and foremost the primary function a novel is supposed to serve however realistic historically accurate or brutal it means to be


  10. says:

    I had such high hopes for The Scent of Death The premise sounded really interesting and I always love historical fictionthrillers Unfortunately Andrew Taylor did not deliver There were certainly parts that were interesting and fulfilled the thriller component of the story However there was a lot of unnecessary filler that just wasn't particularly interesting I think the Scent of Death would have benefitted from some serious editing at least 100 pages worth I also felt that Taylor could have done a job of creating the atmosphere The best historical fiction are the books that completely immerse you so that you feel that you are actually living in the story with the characters While Taylor did describe the setting I only felt as if I was reading it not living it While this book was a little bit of a letdown to me I have heard such good things about some of Taylor's other books that I will give them a try


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