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Hidden in London is a legendary power. A fabled chest guards secrets more precious than gold.

But in 1666 secrets are deadly, and London is burning....

Charlie Tuesday is the city's best thief taker. But one case still eludes him, a mysterious key entrusted by the mother he barely knew. The key opens a chest of priceless papers - papers said to hold the dark alchemy of a lost Brotherhood.

As flames ravage the city, the thief taker must track the chest into London's blackest heart, where smugglers trade and sorcerers conjure. What Charlie begins to unravel is more ancient and powerful than he ever dreamed.

But time is running out and fire is the greatest purge of all.

©2015 C. S. Quinn (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 04-07-18

Book 1 earned 5 stars; this one is better!!

Author C. S. (Catherine) Quinn continues her tour of 17th century English/London history with this novel set in 1666 soon after the reestablishment of the monarchy after the Cromwell period. The prior novel, The Thief Taker, was set in 1665 London during the last great black plague. This one is set in 1666 leading up to and during the great London fire. Again the protagonist is Charlie Tuesday, London's most successful thief taker. Napoleon Ryan narrates superbly.

Novels set in desperate times in the middle ages are certainly not of interest to everyone. But against a realistic historical background the author weaves a compelling fictional plot.

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Excellent historical fiction

Between the gritty details of 17th century London & the excellent narration, this audiobook makes that far-away time come alive. Strongly recommend.

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A Fantastic Follow Up To The First Story!

A lot can happen for Charlie Tuesday in a year's time. The pace of this story and exposition of the recurring characters will keep listeners engaged and waiting eagerly for what comes next. I am thoroughly enjoying this series.

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Very good historical picture of jolly old England

I have to say that I am pleased to have not been born during this time period. This account, though fictitious, paints a very good picture of London of old. the story is a very good intrigue, if a bit long. I enjoyed it immensely.

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C.S. Quinn is on FIRE!

I loved the first book in this series, and if you haven't listened to it, I strongly suggest it. I listened to this one in 2 days. I couldn't stop! Most of our favorite characters are back. The villains are more villainy. And we get some really great back story that was hinted at in the first book. I'm excited for the next, although nervous about switching readers. Napoleon Ryan is brilliant. But I'm open minded. This is a great adventure in a well described and fully realized historical landscape. Kudos!

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Charlie Tuesday back at it!

I've really enjoyed this series. Charlie Tuesday, the orphan turned private investigator, or thief taker, is fun to follow as he's solving crimes for the poor and deserving. The backdrop of London during the Great Fire, told in tandem with story line about the royal family is fascinating. I love this imperfect hero and his love interest (or not?) Lili, the gypsy catholic spy. From what I've read in other reviews, the historical details aren't perfect, so if you are an historian, perhaps this isn't the book for you, but if you love historical fiction and don't mind small liberties to be taken to improve the story, this is an exciting and educational mystery with intrigue and puzzles galore. The storyline with the Royals and court is interesting and gives perspective of the challenges of a monarchy completely out of touch with the common people. Lili's gypsy status and Catholic persuasion highlights religious and class persecution. The narrator is wonderful, too. Can't wait for more in this series!

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Not as Good as the first book.

I loved the first book. Adored it. The sequel, while a decent listen, sadly isn't in the same category.

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slow

ponderous. I enjoyed the first book but don't think I will continue with the series. this book seemed to cover the same thing over and over again. moved very slowly.

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  • Roberta
  • 01-22-18

Fabulous

I loved this story, especially for the fascinating history of the Great Fire of London and the great narration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-15-17

Brilliant

This book was made even more exciting with the narration . it keeps you on the edge of your seat

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  • lee
  • 07-31-17

Historically fascinating

Thoroughly enjoy historical fiction. This era of the English history hadn't covered since being in Primary School. Thus, what this book brings to life is the conditions in which the common folk lived. The onus wasn't on the decadence of King Charles but primarily how the fire impacted and how the hero navigated and combated this tragedy. The narrator has read many books for which I have endorsed his skill with 5 but in this book his skill while phenomenal didn't really sit correctly for me in this particular story line. The author I will take my hat of too simply because you covered the more seedy nonetheless reality of the day. I have for your record purchased all 3 audio books in this story line and, dare I suggest for those akin to myself that, any future ventures within the realms of historical fiction submit even greater detail and pic tutorial descriptions of the conditions for example there was much on the filth of human waste etc but did they wipe themselves, was the odours truly over whelming on the individual, STD could be expanded further in the future the pain, discomfort the transmission etc etc. That said, having read much of English history your book provided the greatest in sight to date on the actual conditions which is a challenge indeed when you examine the real big boys in this area of writing in short Bernard Cornwell will really need to up his level to compete in this area. Well, done for providing me with value for money and escape into the past with grit.

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  • Jemma B
  • 05-13-17

Great sequel story, wonderful narrator

Not quite as good as "The Thief Taker" but still a fantastic book, the authors really done their research, & enhanced a great historical story with an amazing narrator, sounnlding more like a cast of players than just one man! Definitely worth a listen.

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  • sanyamksaxena
  • 02-21-17

exceedingly well written and narrated

Like tge thieftaker, the fire catcher is equally interesting and engrossing story with surprising twists and detailed detours. CS Quinn is phenomenal in creating 17th century London and the all purvading marauding London fire. Napolean Ryan is as good as ever and he indeed put additional life to an already well knit story. hats off to them both.

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  • Mrs d h allington
  • 02-07-17

Another great book by C S Quinn

I have enjoyed reading the Fire Catcher, the narrator was excellent. Looking forward to reading the next one.

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  • Benobeone
  • 11-04-16

smashing performance

great story. I normally read fantasy stories but I find the undercurrent of mysticism in these books satisfy that need well.

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  • Alan
  • 10-17-16

Great historical fiction

I loved the historical accuracy in this book. It's obviously a work of fiction, with the main characters fictional, but the accuracy of the geography and the historical characters is interesting and educational.

it's also great when you get off the tube at Moorgete and walk past the Guild House on your way to Gresham Street just as you listen to that part of the story!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-21-16

A flavour of the restoration

I loved this story and all the details and flavours of the restoration period which has in turn made me want to read some more about the period in general. I loved the reader also who went effortlessly between the deep patrician voice of the villain to the female voice of Charlie's sidekick and for me enhanced the story. No let up in pace and could not wait to keep getting back to it. Great denoument in the crypt with the dead wife. Only sad when I finished it.

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  • flowergirl
  • 04-13-16

loved this book

Was sorry when I had finished this book, kept me listening all night! Loved it

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  • Lisa
  • 09-08-16

great read enjoyed every minute.

exciting and fast passed. every twist and turn was unknown. would recommend to all readers