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A Cruel Necessity
A Cruel Necessity: The First John Grey Historical Mystery | L C. Tyler
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Two-time Edgar nominee LC Tyler is best known for his series featuring Ethelred and Elsie a third-rate novelist and his gloriously vulgar agent, respectively. And so he should be: Hes twice won Britains Last Laugh award for the Best Humorous Mystery of the Year. But with A Cruel Necessity, the first in the John Grey series, Tyler takes a sharp turn into the shadows. There are still some chuckles to be had, but not many: This is England in the year 1657, Oliver Cromwell is in power, and joy has essentially been outlawed. A young lawyer with a taste for beer and pretty women, Grey finds pleasures enough, even in this backwater Essex town, but hed be wise to keep his amusement to himself: A Royalist spy has been found dead in a local ditch, and Cromwells agents are eager distressingly eager to explain to Grey that this is nothing to laugh about.
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Listened to the audiobook, very well read by Kris Dyer. Enjoyed this and its setting in the 17th century Commonwealth period, with a cast of characters (mostly) in an Essex village and the portrayal of how Royalists and Parliamentarians lived alongside each other after the War. Good use of first person narrator and I think it was deliberate that sometimes the reader saw things coming which the protagonist didn‘t. Made him quite endearing!