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  • By Billy J. Hobbs on April 9, 2016

    Tyler’s ‘Masterpiece’ is worth the time! This reviewer admits, unabashedly, that he loves British historical fiction and, voila, along comes "A Masterpiece of Corruption" by L.C. Tyler that fits the bill. It is London and it’s December, 1657. Shakespeare’s been dead for four years and Elizabeth I for 54!. And it’s currently the austere (some say frightening) days of Cromwell’s Commonwealth. John Grey is back in London, working hard to complete his law studies to resume his legal career—and he’s sorely devoted to this. Since the execution of Charles I, the country has been without a royal ruler after centuries, and the promises of golden rainbows (and a hare in every pot), many folks are becoming most disenchanted. Alas, in between reading torts and eating tarts, he receives a letter from a mysterious Mr. S.K. And the plot really begins to sicken. He is tempted by Mr. SK and before he knows it, he’s in the middle of some serious conspiracy work: between the staunch Republicans backing Cromwell (of which he’s one) and the very secret Royalists group (the Sealed Knot), who are trying very earnestly to reinstate the monarchy. Ooops, John thinks. What have I gotten myself in to? This is a plot to assassinate the Lord Protector (Cromwell). Before one can say “Bob’s your uncle,” he’s agreed to this plot--and he wants no part of it. Due to some serious mistaken identity, now things are really precarious. But Grey is no dummy and because he knows he’s in well over his head, he uses those brains of his to work his way out—which involves a lot of double agentry. Tyler’s involved, often convoluted, work is mesmerizing—the intrigues of politics, religion, and conscious are at work here with John—as we exploreCommonwealth England and the Royalist Netherlands, where Charles’ son Charles is in exile. Interesting, these politics, for under Cromwell, people are rounded up in churches and thrown in the Tower of London simply for celebrating Christmas. In the other, a suspicious and damaged exiled royal family is preparing an invasion if necessary to win back the throne and exact revenge. Dangerous times they are, for all concerned, and the young, politically naïve John Grey sees the truth of all this, this time of crisis. Students of English history know the ultimate outcome, of course, but for the sake of the novel, it’s interesting to read along and not look ahead to the facts. Tyler’s style of writing borders on the academic, much like C.J. Sansom and Hillary Mantel have done with their Henry VIII stories. Historians will favor this version over other, more romantic accounts.

  • By Clemens Schoonderwoert on September 20, 2017

    This delightful book is the 2nd part of the exciting John Grey series by the author L.C. Tyler.Again this book has been a joy to read, for it keeps the reader entertained throughout, simply because the book has been written in a thrilling way with a certain humorous twist.The historical details about this period of history has been very well researched by the author and excellently explained in his author's note.The tale is set during the years AD 1657-1658 within the English Republic with as it Head of State, the formidable Oliver Cromwell.This story once again features of course our main character John Grey, who's attempting to resume his legal career in Lincoln's Inn, when all of a sudden he receives a mysterious message from a certain "Mr SK", and in his own trustful way John Grey believes it to be a harmless diversion.This same message was really intended for somebody else entirely, for the message contains the plot for the assassination of the Lord Protector, the very same Oliver Cromwell, and so Grey finds himself in the middle of things and situations that he desperately wanted to avoid at all costs.With the luck of a so called double agent, for the Sealed Knot believes him to be on their side while on the other hand Cromwell's Secretary of State, the famous John Thurloe, believes him to be on his side, although Grey himself in unsure that either are on his side, but what follows is an exciting and thrilling mystery in which John Grey must do all to save his skin while at the same time try to discover the culprit who wants to assassinate the Lord Protector, Oliver Cromwell.Really recommended, for this is a wonderful book and thus "A Very Enjoyable Masterpiece"!

  • By Kathleen T. Egan on February 9, 2017

    Very well written! Charming characters pull the reader along for the ride and whatever was planned for the day no longer matters very much.

  • By Creaking gate on November 12, 2016

    I have just finished reading all three of the books involving John Grey at the time of Charles II. Once I started I found it very difficult putting a book down with the result I would fall asleep and have to go back a couple of chapters to catch up the plot when I woke up.I am an avid reader especially historical thriller/mysteries. I discovered by chance your first book and that was it I just had to continue reading all three. Atmospheric, well researched with a few twists I look forward to your next book in 2017.Thank you and keep up the good work. Best wishes.Geoff Alderson


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