• The Cheapside Corpse

  • Exploits of Thomas Chaloner, Book 10
  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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By: Susanna Gregory
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Publisher's Summary

London in the spring of 1665 is a city full of fear. There is plague in the stews of St Giles, the Dutch fleet is preparing to invade, and a banking crisis threatens to leave Charles II's government with no means of paying for the nation's defence.Amid the tension, Thomas Chaloner is ordered to investigate the murder of Dick Wheler, one of the few goldsmith-bankers to have survived the losses that have driven others to bankruptcy - or worse. At the same time, a French spy staggers across the city, carrying the plague from one parish to another.

Chaloner's foray into the world of the financiers who live in and around Cheapside quickly convinces him that they are just as great a threat as the Dutch, but their power and greed thwart him at every turn. Meanwhile, the plague continues to spread across the city, and the body count from the disease and from the fever of avarice starts to rise alarmingly . . .

©2014 Susanna Gregory (P)2015 Isis Publishing

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Not Chaloner's Best

This is a continuation of the adventures of Thomas Chaloner who works for the Earl of Clarendon. The problem this time concerns the banking system at a time when the king needs money to fight a potential invasion from the Dutch. Bankruptcy has wiped out most of the bankers but suddenly one of them gets murdered. Chaloner is ordered to investigate. This leads him into the underground and criminal world of banking at this time.

To complicate matters the plague is sweeping the city and vigilantes are boarding up plague houses for 40 days to prevent its spread.

Chaloner must avoid the plague and the bankers who are out to murder him to solve this mystery. Like all Chaloner books it is well written and based on historical events. Most of the characters were real people which makes the book doubly enjoyable.

I really like Susanna Gregory as a writer. I do prefer her Matthew Bartholomew mysteries to the Thomas Chaloner, but this is probably because I prefer the middle ages in England to the Restoration period. But this is still an excellent book with an excellent narrator. If you like historical mysteries, you will enjoy this one.

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slow and boring

struggled to finish. topic was interesting but with so much trivial detail it was hard to keep listening.

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  • Learning is fun!
  • 02-01-15

Another win!

Susanna Gregory never disappoints! Here is another example of fine historical fiction with the usual sprinkling of humour as well as intrigue. This particular episode isn't her best, though, as there are simply too many twists and turns which mean that it does get a little over complicated at times.

However, Gordon Griffin's narration is perfect and he does a lot to convey the story extremely well.

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  • Clare0116
  • 06-11-21

A Profitable Interest in Olde London

What a brilliant contrast of the rich and poor in London, then a dirty and dangerous place to live. Especially as it was based on a list of events and characters of the time. I'm eager to read the next story!

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  • George
  • 05-06-15

Just needs music

Populated by a cast of clowns , the ineptitude of the main characters beggars belief , falling down , bumping into each other and sawing through bindings with pen nibs , it's no wonder that seventeenth century London was in such a state , if it were set to music you could put it on as a musical farce . The narrator did a masterful job by not bursting into laughter while he did his best to get through this fantasy

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  • AliBerry
  • 01-21-23

So relevant in post pandemic Britain

hilarious as ever and for a moment I thought Susanna Gregory had written it in 2023 - post pandemic Britain where politicians and Tories in general are wiping the floor with the country and there is one rule for the rich, one for the poor. As ever Chaloner is fabulous and funny alongside Wiseman and a few unexpected characters. I wish Hannah wasn't so irritating but you can't have it all.

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  • Katherine Juestel
  • 03-13-17

Overall a good book/series

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cheapside Corpse to be better than the print version?

Can't say as never read this in hard copy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cheapside Corpse?

Most memorable of all of the series is the historical accuracy. One of my own distant ancestors turned up and the author had him down pat. Nasty piece of work, that one.

Have you listened to any of Gordon Griffin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have, and he is very good at the narration.

Any additional comments?

What stands out the most for me is how our hero seems to get slower (read stupider) with each case. However, this can be easily explained by the number of times the poor bloke has been hit in the head. At the rate poor Chaloner keeps getting clobbered, I expect the series to end with him a drooling idiot.