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The Changeling Murders

The Thief Taker Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
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Abduction. Murder. A conspiracy that could bring down the King.

London, 1667: In the wake of the Great Fire, a new city has emerged from the flames. The King has reopened the capital’s theatres, and the royal court is hell-bent on debauched entertainment. But amid the raucous festivities, an actress shows up dead, dressed in the clothes of a missing girl. 

It’s a time of great change for thief taker Charlie Tuesday too: his old flame, Maria, is on the cusp of marrying someone else. But when she is abducted on the way to her wedding, Charlie realises her disappearance is linked to the murder. 

Meanwhile, as Lent draws to a close, London is exploding into shocking riot. With brothels and theatres being attacked, Charlie and his sidekick Lily must find clues before an angry mob does. And as the mystery deepens and violence fills the streets, can Charlie solve a riddle that threatens not just Maria, but London itself?

©2018 C.S. Quinn (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-09-18

London in the year 1666

The Thief Taker series with protagonist private cop Charlie Tuesday is the obviously loving work of British female journalist C. S. Quinn. The Changeling Murders is Book 4 in the series. I've become addicted to the series which started out as 5 star novels with each getting even better than the prior. The Great Fire of London of 1666 followed the Great (bubonic) Plague of 1665. These were desperate times in London and Quinn's telling of the story is appropriately raw. Charles II was unfortunate to be the monarch.

This series is not for everyone. British history addicts will like it most. Napoleon Ryan narrated the first two novels in the series and Steve West has narrated the most recent two. Ryan and West sound a lot like each other and both are outstanding.

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the changeling murders

Steve West did a brilliant performance. His fantastic storytelling kept me listening. the story was mediocre, but the narrator was extraordinary.

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Good book/ Good Series

I am really enjoying this series and can't wait for the next book. Listened to this one too fast and now I must wait for the next one.

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  • scattyb
  • 07-07-18

Excellent

Highly evocative. Good narration. Waited for this latest book to be released and it was like meeting old friends again.

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  • Littlewings85
  • 08-06-19

One tiny complaint

Love the story, love the writing, love the characters and love the performance. My only tiny little annoyance is that the narrator seems to forget which accent/voice he used previously and so a character's voice can change from book to book (eg in her first appearance Lily had an Irish lilt to her voice and then in this one she has a cockney accent). It just makes it more difficult to follow who's who without actively listening for the "said X" parts.

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  • Rod Baxter
  • 07-06-18

Totally Engrossing

The 4th installment of The Thief Taker series has lived up to the standard set by the 1st 3 books in the series. What politically, socially and morally explosive times the Jacobin era must have been. Tyrannical rule, Gunpowder plots, feverish religious extremism, social and political unrest, cruel living standards, for the commoners, set against the excesses of the ruling classes and you have the basis for a powerful engaging series of novels. Consider, also, Cromwell's Republican civil war, add to that the backdrop of the worst plague, in living memory, to be shortly followed by a fire that devastated London. I doubt C.S.Quinn could have imagined a better setting for these novels.
We get a guided tour of the times and places as seen through the eyes of the Thief taker, Charlie Tuesday. What an adventure it is. Charlie races through London, finding clues, avoiding villains, avoiding plague and fire, putting the puzzles together. All the time, against the clock.
The plot is exceptionally well put together. There is nothing left unexplained. There are no gaping holes. The Characters are multi dimensional. Even the historical figures seem to be true representations. I found myself doing a lot of research, during and after reading. So enthralling was this story. Steve West must take some of the credit for his brilliant performance of this tale.
I suspect there will be further volumes of this series. I hope so, anyhow.