Morning lovelies. Today I’m super excited to be the closing stop on the blog tour for Plague by the lovely Julie Anderson. This is a brilliant new London-based thriller that I didn’t want to put down…..
book blurb & info
There are many ways to die. Plague is just one of them.
Work on a London tube line is halted by the discovery of an ancient plague pit and, within it, a very recent corpse. A day later another body is found, killed in the same way, also in a plague pit. This victim is linked to the Palace of Westminster, where rumours swirl around the Prime Minister and his rivals.
As the number of deaths climbs, the media stokes fear. Government assurances are disbelieved. Everyone feels threatened. This has to be resolved and fast.
The Westminster connection enables Detective Inspector Andrew Rowlands, working alone on a series of rapes and murders of vulnerable young people in central London, to finally persuade his superiors that there is a pattern. He is assigned to lead the case. Cassandra Fortune, a disgraced civil servant, is given the uncomfortable task of investigating the investigation, while joining forces with Rowlands to find the killers before Parliament rises for recess.
Together they navigate the arcane world of the Palace of Westminster as the body count grows. But someone is leaking important details about the case to the press and the media ratchets up the pressure. Misinformation and malice online feeds distrust and panic and the Black Death begins to stalk the streets of London once again.
Meanwhile the commercial and political world focuses on the launch of a huge government Thames-side building programme worth billions. Powerful forces, in Parliament and the City, are competing for its spoils. How, if at all, does this link with the killings? Drawn into the melee, Cassandra Fortune finds herself the object of the attentions of one of the major players, wealthy City broker, Lawrence Delahaye. The attraction is mutual. Fortune and Rowlands discover a shadowy underground network of influence and power as they race against the clock to prevent the death of more innocents and the destruction of the Mother of Parliaments itself. Cassandra will be forced to make a terrible decision as she faces ruin. Time is running out and it’s not clear what, or who, is going to survive.
Published By: Claret Press on 15th September 2020
Formats Available: Paperback & eBook
Wow! I absolutely loved this book and didn’t want to put it down. A fantastic thriller set in London and Westminster, this will take you on a journey of murder, intrigue, corruption, crime rings, intelligence, history and a little romance.
Cassie is a fantastic character who had a job she loved, but something happened to change that (and I still don’t know what it was – the intrigue is fantastic!). When she gets the chance to redeem herself she jumps at it, but she doesn’t expect to get herself mixed up in such a complex investigation. She’s tenacious, persistent and strong, and is determined to rescue her career and get to the bottom of the murders. The romance element to the story is fantastic – it keeps you guessing and the outcome was shocking! I absolutely loved Andrew!
I thoroughly enjoyed the history references throughout the book, and learned lots of new things about London! Who knew there was an old river running underneath it! Being a history nerd I loved reading about plague pits, WWII bunkers and war rooms! Anderson has definitely done her research.
I loved the insight into Westminster, especially as Anderson has actually worked there; and learned lots about that – especially about the laws! The way the story is set out in London is fantastic, and there is even a map at the beginning to help you if you don’t know the city well.
This is a brilliant thriller novel with a fantastic plot that will keep you on your toes, get you racing through the pages and leave you wanting more. I’m so glad Cassie will be back in another two books and can’t wait to read this. If you’re looking for your next fast paced, compelling thriller then look no further. Highly recommended by me.
About the author
Julie Anderson was a Senior Civil Servant in Westminster and Whitehall for many years, including at the Office for the Deputy Prime Minister, the Inland Revenue and Treasury Solicitors. Earlier publications include historical adventure novels and short stories. She is Chair of Trustees of Clapham Writers, organisers of the Clapham Book Festival, and curates events across London. Find her at https://www.jandmanderson.com
Organised by: Damppebbles
Thanks so much to Emma for inviting me on to the tour and to Julie and the publisher for gifting me with a copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
Have a wonderful day lovelies and I’ll see you tomorrow!
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