Rags of Time
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publication: July 1st, 2020
Age Group: Adult
‘Rags of Time’ is set in London in 1639. It tells the story of spice merchant Thomas Tallant, accused of murder and fighting to clear his name, and the enigmatic Elizabeth Seymour whose passion for astronomy and mathematics is only matched by her addiction to tobacco and the gaming tables.
Can Elizabeth’s brilliance untangle the web of deceit that threatens to drag Tom under, as England slides into civil war?
‘Rags’ is a murder mystery but not just a procedural thriller. Tom’s hunt for the real killer takes him on a journey through the ferment of new thinking that’s sweeping London in the 1640s. Change is everywhere – science, street politics, commerce and religion – and this shapes the plot, action, characters and outcome.
“Rags Of Time’ was published on August 15th 2019. It’s available on Amazon as a paperbook, Kindle and also on Kindle Unlimited.
Rags of Time promises a thrilling historical mystery and it delivers! I am so glad that I signed up for this tour! Historical fiction can be hard to read for people familiar with the history of the time period in which the novel is set. Readers will not have this problem with this book! I appreciated the care and research the author undertook in order to give the reader a novel grounded in historical fact, with a good amount of artistic license, but it didn’t feel like the information was dumped on me while I read through. Good historical fiction puts the reader into the time period, but doesn’t give the reader huge chunks of paragraph to read that describe in minute detail the grime and rodents that existed at that time.
The main character in this book is oftentimes getting into trouble, being the main suspect of the mystery contained in the book. He has a best friend who frequently bails him out of trouble. Their interplay is fun, witty, and well written. I love a novel with a headstrong female character and Rags of Time delivers with Elizabeth Seymour. She is intelligent, brave, cunning, and charming! A little bit of a Gentleman Jack flair! The story was very fast paced, with vivid scenes taking place one after another! I enjoyed the pace of the book being almost break-neck. It’s not a slow historical mystery by any means!
Stuart England is a favorite of mine and I am so glad I was able to read and review this book! Overall, I found it to be a great addition to the genre of historical mystery and would encourage all readers who love this genre to pick this up! Another great indie novel to add to the collection!
Thank you to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours and Michael Ward for the opportunity to read and review this title! I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Her other books are Man of My Dreams, Sisterland (a Richard & Judy Book Club pick), Eligible, and the
Writing has been central to Mike Ward’s professional life. On graduating from university he became a journalist, working in newspapers and for the BBC. He then went into journalism education, teaching and researching journalism practice before becoming head of the UK’s prestigious Journalism School at UCLan. For the last eight years he has run his own content creation company.
‘Rags of Time’ is Mike’s debut novel. Its sequel is due to be published late in 2020.