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The Point of Death (An Elizabethan Murder Mystery) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Tonkin
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London, 1594.

The opening night of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

But it is not just the young lovers in the play who are star-crossed.

Mercutio is found murdered in the middle of the play - but it is real, not stage, blood that flows from his body.

Tom Musgrove, is hired by the theatre owners to solve the murder case as quickly and quietly as possible.

The theatre has only just reopened after two years of plagues, and they can’t afford a scandal on their doorstep.

As Tom plunges into the mean streets of Elizabethan London he soon realises he has jumped blindly into a web of murderous intrigue, which has already claimed the lives of Kit Marlowe and Francis Walsingham.

As the shattered remnants of England’s first Secret Service split into two lethally opposed camps, the blood begins to flow from the stinking sewers of Southwark to the gilded halls of Westminster.

Can Musgrove track down the murderer and solve the mystery?

Or will he end up being the one hunted to The Point of Death?

‘The Point of Death’ is a thrilling Elizabethan murder mystery, full of intrigue and suspense.

Praise for Peter Tonkin:

“A welcome aura of old-fashioned expertise” - Publishers Weekly

“A good thriller, recommended” - Library Journal

‘Tonkin is a superb storyteller who creates big, brash, swashbuckling adventures with taut suspense, fast-paced action and tough, resourceful characters.’ Booklist

Peter Tonkin was born in Northern Ireland, and was raised in the UK, Holland, Germany, and the Persian Gulf. He has written thirty novels including ‘The Coffin Ship’.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.


London, 1594 It's the opening night of Romeo and Juliet and Mercutio is murdered in the middle of the play - but it's real blood that flows. Master of Defence Tom Musgrave is hired by the theatre owners to solve the case as quickly and quietly as possible. The theatres have only just reopened after two years of plague, and there are fortunes as well as lives at risk. But as Tom plunges into the mean streets of London in that threatening, thunderous Summer, he swiftly finds himself hunted as well as hunter - for he has jumped blindly into a cat's cradle of murderous intrigue that has already claimed Marlowe and Walsingham. As the shattered remnants of England's first Secret Service split into two lethally opposed camps, the blood begins to flow everywhere from the stinking stews of Southwark to the gilded halls of Westminster. And it will require all Musgrave's skill to cut his way to the dark heart of the truth and walk away again.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Achtung - Suchtgefahr 1. Oktober 2014
Von B. P. F.
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Weil ich meine angestaubten Englischkenntnisse wieder ein wenig aufpolieren wollte, hatte ich mir erst mal nur einen der historischen Krimis um den "Master of Defence" und "Master of Logic", Thomas Musgrave, herunter geladen. Dieses Buch lesen und gleich alle weiteren 3 Bände herunterladen, um sie ebenfalls mit höchstem Genuß zu verschlingen, war unvermeidbar.

Leicht zu lesen, fesselnd geschrieben und die Hoffnung weckend, daß den aktuell 4 Bänden noch viele weitere folgen, um mit dem "elisabethanischen Sherlock Holmes" mitfiebern zu können.

Falls es noch nicht klar zum Ausdruck gekommen sein sollte: mich haben diese Bücher vollkommen begeistert :-)
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Mühsam 22. November 2014
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Ich war neugierig auf einen Krimi aus dieser Zeit. Allerdings habe ich das Buch nach wenigen Seiten weggelegt, da mir die Sprache irgendwie zu mühsam war (allerdings ist sie der Zeit gut angepasst). Auch das Schlachtengetümmel am Anfang hat mich nicht begeistert. So weiß ich allerdings nicht wie sich das Buch weiterentwickelt.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good weekend read 3. Dezember 2013
Von Rosalind - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have read another of Tonkin's books in the past, The Coffin Ship, and enjoyed it very much so was very happy to find this title. I think I preferred this one ever so slightly, the characters are great and Tonkin manages to cover many aspects of Elizabethan society from the rich, aristocratic men of court to the playwright in his theatre. It is very well-written and kept me hooked until the very last page. A must read for any crimefic fans!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Point of Death Nearly Got Me Killed 21. Januar 2014
Von Thomas K. Sheppard - Veröffentlicht auf
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When my wife got up in the morning she told me she was ready to throttle me for staying up so late reading. I was up to 1:30 in the morning reading this book. I made the mistake of picking it up near bedtime and I was near the windup into the climax of the book. Although sleep kept beckoning to me, and my wife kept tossing and turning, I couldn't turn off my Kindle and put the book down until I had gotten through the last line.

Even then, I read a bit of Peter Tonkin's acknowledgements and I confess I was impressed at how much research he put into giving this thrilling mystery an historically authentic setting. I confess, his descriptions of Elizabethan London gave me a keen appreciation of the great blessing of our own public sewer systems and the fact that our justice system hasn't been outsourced to private contractors (yet).

I notice that at least one reader dinged the book because s/he found it boring. I respectfully suggest that reader was probably looking for an historical romance or a light murder mystery, rather than a spy thriller written with an eye to unsavory details of the historical era. Having read all of those types of books (and enjoyed each in turn) I can see how this is not a book for someone who wants a salacious romance novel with a predictable plot and plenty of hot sex. But, if you like the "who can be trusted?" atmosphere and devious murders of spy novels and you like the insights into another era granted by good historical fiction, The Point of Death is a winner on all those fronts.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen historical fiction loaded with researched background 21. Januar 2014
Von RJT - Veröffentlicht auf
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Shakespearean theater, murder, intrigue, poisons, weaponry, women, wily men pandering for attention from the queen and, thus, wealth and power and more, find their way into this well crafted mystery. Real people and fictional characters meld so well, perhaps because of the facts of history often being used in the novel, that after a somewhat slow start while the background of the protagonist is set at the beginning to give context, the novel is off and running. An interest with Elizabethan history, the Rose, Will Shakespeare, Kit Marlowe, London, and the art of fencing are all well fed. Nicely paced action, deft descriptions of the assorted settings and challenges of living in this time in London, plus interaction between characters, leaves the reader questioning at times who the bad guy is and who the good guy is. I really hated to see the story end. The information at the end about Tonkin's research only added to my respect for this work of historical fiction. This author is new to me, but I plan to seek out and read more in the hopes they live up to this novel.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Mystery 14. Januar 2014
Von Jana L. - Veröffentlicht auf
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This was my first Tonkin mystery and I thought it was ok. Three stars because story was hard to follow; plot was good and once I figured out who was who, I enjoyed it. Not the genre for me, though.
4.0 von 5 Sternen It's a decent read and interesting plot! 25. Dezember 2013
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I skipped many parts that dragged out certain scenes. I also did not like the way he handles the fight descriptions. Too many words repeating way too much. He also left some character hanging in limbo so it leaves you wondering why they were introduced. It is a good story line but needed some editing or rewriting.
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