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As the year 1349 approaches, the Black Death continues its devastating course across England. In Dorseteshire, the quarantined people of Develish question whether they are the only survivors. Guided by their beloved young mistress, Lady Anne, they wait, knowing that when their dwindling stores are finally gone they will have no choice but to leave. But where will they find safety in the desolate wasteland outside? 

One man has the courage to find out. Thaddeus Thurkell, a free-thinking, educated serf, strikes out in search of supplies and news. A compelling leader, he and his companions quickly throw off the shackles of serfdom and set their minds to ensuring Develish's future - and freedom for its people. But what use is freedom that cannot be gained lawfully?

When Lady Anne and Thaddeus conceive an audacious plan to secure her people's independence, neither foresees the life-threatening struggle over power, money and religion that follows.... 

©2018 Minette Walters (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Ian
  • Northmead, Australia
  • 10-25-18

A medieval zombie book

At it's very core, The Last Hours and The Turn of Midnight are zombie books.
But instead of zombies we have the Black Death and instead of preppers we have Lady Anne and Thaddeus.
There are bandits. There are folks who betray our plucky heroes. There is even a Walmart of a sort.
All the elements of a zombie apocalypse are in these books set in the 1350s.

They're good. They're entertaining. And I suspect that in no small part it's because Minette Walters has written a thoroughly modern book and set it in the 14th century.

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  • Fiona Keates
  • 11-15-18

OK, but perhaps not quit as good as the first

it was a good listen, and I'm enthralled with lady. the lies around Thaddeus was a bit hard to believe, but it was entertaining to see how the plot and lies unfolded

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  • Ian
  • Northmead, Australia
  • 10-25-18

A medieval zombie book

At it's very core, The Last Hours and The Turn of Midnight are zombie books.
But instead of zombies we have the Black Death and instead of preppers we have Lady Anne and Thaddeus.
There are bandits. There are folks who betray our plucky heroes. There is even a Walmart of a sort.
All the elements of a zombie apocalypse are in these books set in the 1350s.

They're good. They're entertaining. And I suspect that in no small part it's because Minette Walters has written a thoroughly modern book and set it in the 14th century.