The Painted Lady
Araminta Jewell is a beautiful young woman with many admirers. Four of them are so desperate to seek her favours that they have formed a Society for the Capture of Araminta's Maidenhood, with a cash prize for the winner. Henry Redmayne is one of the rakes involved and, like his friends, he is dismayed to learn that Araminta has married in secret. Undeterred, they continue their pursuit of her even when her husband, Sir Martin Culthorpe, is murdered in his garden. The chief suspect is Jean-Paul Villemot, the French artist who has been engaged to paint Araminta's portrait.
Because he has designed a house for the Frenchman, Christopher Redmayne has a keen interest in the fate of his client. With the aid of his friend, Jonathan Bale, the dour constable, Christopher sets out to solve the crime. He is horrified to discover that his brother, Henry, has been harassing Araminta and he exposes vice and corruption on all sides. When Bale is brutally attacked, Christopher realises how dangerous their pursuit of the killer has become but the two of them persist in the face of repeated setbacks as they track the villain through the dark recesses of Restoration London.
"A merry Restoration romp through the more nefarious highways and byways of London after the Great Fire."
The Parliament House
When aspiring young architect, Christopher Redmayne, attends a party to celebrate the opening of a building he designed, one of the guests, a Member of Parliament, is shot as he leaves. As he seeks the killer, Christopher is plunged into a world of political corruption and conspiracy. Aided by Puritan constable, Jonathan Bale, he makes progress in the investigation until he himself is stalked by a killer.
Christopher's dissolute brother, Henry, has to be involved because of his knowledge of political factions, but he proves to be a positive menace when he decides to seduce the daughter of Sir Julius Cheever MP. Christopher believes that Sir Julius was, in fact, the intended murder victim and that the other MP died by mistake in his place. Full of incident, danger, skulduggery and comic invention, The Parliament House is the fifth in the Redmayne series. Like its predecessors, it is a riotous Restoration romp.
"A serious study of Restoration England but also a galloping adventure story… a story that Thackeray might have written."
"Marston has given us another riotous Restoration romp."
"A heady romp, solidly grounded on fascinating historical detail."
The Frost Fair
When the River Thames is frozen solid, a frost fair is held on its broad back. Christopher Redmayne is talking to Jonathan Bale and his wife while their two sons are skating. One of the boys finds a dead body frozen under the ice. The murder victim is identified as an Italian fencing master and - to Christopher's horror - his own brother, Henry, is arrested for the crime and admits that he may well have committed it. Christopher's race to prove his brother's innocence is hampered by the fact that Bale believes the man to be guilty and refuses to help.
"Marston's most accomplished piece yet; historical crime of the first order."
The Good Book Guide
"The past is brought to life with brilliant colours, combined with a perfect whodunit. Who needs more?"
"Edward Marston weaves an entertaining mystery around a series of credible characters and creates an historical setting that is accessible and identifiable to a modern audience."
The Sherlock Magazine
The first three novels in the Restoration series will be reprinted by Allison and Busby this summer.
The Repentant Rake
Christopher Redmayne is delighted with a commission to build a house in London for Sir Julius Cheever M.P., not least because he is drawn to Susan Cheever, the man's daughter. What he does not know is that Sir Julius has disowned his son, Gabriel, because he is a notorious rakehell.
When Gabriel's dead body is discovered, Christopher and Jonathan Bale seek out his killer and, in doing so, learn that Gabriel was, in fact, a repentant rake. The investigation, uncovering a complex trail of blackmail, brings Christopher and Susan closer together. It also takes Bale into some of the darker corners of a city he regards as the capital of debauchery, as exemplified in the person of Henry Redmayne.
The Amorous Nightingale
The amorous nightingale is a beautiful young actress who sang her way into a royal bed. When she disappears, Charles II assigns Christopher Redmayne and Jonathan Bale the task of finding her.
The architect is eager to help but Bale - who fought as a Cromwellian at the battle of Worcester - is revolted by the notion of going to such trouble to find a king's mistress. When a brutal murder occurs, however, he realises that more is at stake than royal pleasure.
Christopher takes the lead and is both helped and hindered by his brother, Henry, whose life of excess is taking on a new intensity.
The King's Evil
In the wake of the Great Fire of London in 1666, young architect Christopher Redmayne gets a commission to build a London house for a wealthy man. When the man is found dead on the premises, Christopher teams up with local constable, Jonathan Bale, to solve the murder.
Bale, a dour Puritan, is horrified at the antics of Christopher's rakish brother, Henry, but is grateful for the evidence that Henry is able to dig out for them because of his connections.
|Christopher Redmayne - series titles:|
|The King's Evil|
|The Amorous Nightingale|
|The Repentant Rake|
|The Frost Fair|
|The Parliament Hose|
|The Painted Lady|
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