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The Last Hours
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The Last Hours (Hardback)

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June, 1348: the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in the county of Dorsetshire. Unprepared for the virulence of the disease, and the speed with which it spreads, the people of the county start to die in their thousands. In the estate of Develish, Lady Anne takes control of her people's future - including the lives of two hundred bonded serfs. Strong, compassionate and resourceful, Lady Anne chooses a bastard slave, Thaddeus Thurkell, to act as her steward. Together, they decide to quarantine Develish by bringing the serfs inside the walls. With this sudden overturning of the accepted social order, where serfs exist only to serve their lords, conflicts soon arise. Ignorant of what is happening in the world outside, they wrestle with themselves, with God and with the terrible uncertainty of their futures. Lady Anne's people fear starvation but they fear the pestilence more. Who amongst them has the courage to leave the security of the walls? And how safe is anyone in Develish when a dreadful event threatens the uneasy status quo..?



Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersClassic crimeFiction & PoetryHistorical Fiction Publisher: Allen & Unwin Publication Date: 02/11/2017 ISBN-13: 9781760632137  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Minette Walters is one of the world's best-selling crime writers. She is the author of twelve novels, winning the CWA John Creasey Award for The Ice House, the Edgar Allan Poe Award in America for The Sculptress and two CWA Gold Daggers for The Scold's Bridle and Fox Evil. The Last Hours marks an exciting new direction for Minette. She lives in Dorset with her husband.

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I've been a follower of Minette Walters' books for some time now and constantly enjoyed reading her many entertaining and intriguing novels. She has a unique writing style and I always loved how she incorporated newspaper/media articles into her many stories. Therefore I was very excited to hear she had written an historical fiction novel, as this has been a genre I've been more and more enjoying of late. Sadly, I was quite disappointed in 'The Last Hours' and ended up skipping some pages in order to get to the end. I found it slow and dare I say boring? It's still expertly written as expected and Minette has chosen a very interesting time in history to write about but unfortunately it just didn't do it for me. There are some very strong characters throughout the story, I particularly liked Lady Anne and Thaddeus and all of the characters were well thought out and appropriate to the time setting of the book. I imagine a lot of research must have also been carried out about the Black Death and the fourteenth century in England and the author has done a really good job conveying all this into her story. Although not for me this time, I will continue to read books by Minette Walters in the future and I expect that this beautifully printed book will still be hugely popular and well liked and I wholeheartedly wish her every success with it. 2.5 stars

- 28/10/2017
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