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  • Title: The Scent of Death
  • Author: AndrewTaylor
  • ISBN: 9780007213511
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Hardback

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  1. Once again Andrew Taylor demonstrates that he is a master of the historical crime novel, and I d rate The Scent of Death even above Bleeding Heart Square and Anatomy of Ghosts I especially love authors who help me think of familiar things in a new way To most Americans the War of American Independence which they habitually call the Revolutionary War was an international conflict between Great Britain and America To those of us who are historically sophisticated, it was also a civil war fought i [...]


  2. Frankly, I could barely set it down It was right up there with Bleeding Heart Square about which I once taught a class in evoking atmosphere and time The plot was superb with just enough hints to keep the reader curious without giving everything away The attitudes of the characters revealed so much about colonial America and politics about which many, even history students, are unaware The characters remind me of some of those in the Roth Trilogy in that there is a what we used to call sociopath [...]


  3. A wonderful book The characters are so vivid and interesting, the plot complex and expertly woven, and the history has a deeply authentic feel I was thoroughly caught up in the story right from the start.Highly recommended


  4. Edward Savill is a clerk sent to British occupied New York during the American War of Independence to log the claims of dispossessed loyalists His job is a tedious sinecure, dependent on the patronage of his lofty father in law and it takes him away from his beloved daughter and from his strained relationship with his wife In New York he becomes a participant in a mystery involving murder, espionage and the search for an elusive box of curiosities He also falls in love with the wife of his host, [...]


  5. The Scent Of Death is set in New York during the American War Of Independence, where Edward Savill, an English clerk, is sent to New York to investigate claims by Loyalists that they have lost property Soon Edward Savill is thrown into a murder enquiry after a body is discovered, and secrets and danger await him I have never read a book by Andrew Taylor before this, so I wasn t sure what to expect However, I really quite enjoyed this book Having never read anything about The American War Of Ind [...]



  6. Well crafted and satisfying in the end, but the structure of the story made this book really, really drag until the last hundred or so pages.I had high hopes for this after reading Taylor s Anatomy of Ghosts, and indeed this is, on the whole, a good story But it s really convoluted and hard to follow, and the reader is asked to slog through a lot of text that drones and drags to get to the payoff at the end Had the story been structured differently perhaps a bit action in the first 75% of the b [...]


  7. It is 1778 and Edward Saville arrives in Manhattan in the midst of the American uprising that was to result in independence from Britain He represents the British Govt and his job is to assess the claims of loyalists who have suffered during the war Saville is an alert and sensitive narrator He is an outsider but with a respectable job that gives him entry to places where he can observe and share his impressions and gradually build up a story to explain what he sees and hears Much intrigue and d [...]


  8. 3.5 stars My review for USA Today The Scent of DeathBy Andrew TaylorHarperCollins, 480 pp Bad historical novelists almost always give themselves away with their dialogue first Blimey, old egg , and in good ones the reverse is true we slide indiscernibly into the rhythms of an older mode of speech, until after a few pages it seems as natural as our own That s the case in this skillful novel, which perfectly reproduces the loyalist experience of the American Revolution in the year 1778, when the B [...]


  9. This novel introduces Edward Savill, whom I first met in The Silent Boy, which is a sort of sequel to this story Savill, an agent for the British government s American Department, is sent in 1778 to British occupied New York to review the claims of Loyalists displaced by the war He becomes involved it what appears to be a murder mystery, but expands in to be so much Savill is a sympathetic character embroiled in revolution, shifting loyalties, and domestic upheavals both in London and New York [...]


  10. This is the story of a woman and a city Set in revolutionary New York City, this is a another well written and well plotted mystery from Andrew Taylor Taylor makes the city a character of its own, highlighting its dark corners literal and metaphorical and shifting loyalties Actually loyalty, and its potential to be highly subjective in nature, is the central theme of the novel The American Boy is still my favorite but this one is worth the read.Favorite quotes Wild speculation circled and swoope [...]


  11. A different kind of novel from the always readable Andrew Taylor, The Scent of Death tells the story of Edward Savill, a British civil servant in New York on 1778 This is a slow, but absorbing book, detailing Savill s investigation into the death of a soldier It s a character driven story, with the mystery elements less prominent than in many of his other books I d be hard pressed to describe it as a crime novel, but one that should be read as much for the elegance and smoothness of the prose, a [...]


  12. I got about 200 pages into this book and was so bored that I had to put it down While one doesn t need to necessarily like the protagonist to enjoy a book, I found myself unable to empathize with any of the characters, nor did I find any of them likable in their own right I may try to get through the rest of it, but despite the overall historical accuracy and unique perspective, it simply wasn t worth it at this time.


  13. If you read and enjoyed The Ashes of London by the same author, I would recommend this earlier novel The setting this time is New York City during the American War of Independence New York remains loyal to the Crown and is effectively on the front line, the lands beyond the Hudson River being under the control of rebel forces Into this scenario is pitched a young English civil servant from the American Department, sent to administer claims for compensation from loyalists who have lost property o [...]


  14. Murder and mayhem in New York at the height of the British occupation, 1778 1780 Twisty and dark story a drama of slavery, adultery, treachery and murder, and it highlights the plight of Loyalists those sympathetic to the British during the American Revolution , which made for a different viewpoint than I usually read Taylor knows his stuff, writes a good narrative with enough suspense to keep me interested.


  15. Well researched, and an interesting glimpse at Revolutionary New York, but glacial pacing, boring mystery, opaque characters who were not at all engaging, and the pivoting plot point seemed quite frankly anachronistic, as well as reductive and lacking in any kind of sense or realism or emotional truth Ugh.


  16. Historical fiction meets mystery meets bodice ripper This is not Johnny Tremain Halfway through I would have said it was slow going, but the second half took off If anything too many details or coincidences hit in the final 20 pages.




  17. A good read, with a likable narrator who s exploring an unfamiliar place full of characters who are never entirely what they seem, in a milieu that s both intriguing and pretty much unexplored in literature I m knocking a star off because I found it really easy to guess at the truth for most of the little mysteries swirling around the Wintour family, but that didn t make the book any less engrossing.


  18. Time Taken To Read 6 daysPublisher HarperCollinsBlurb From From the No 1 bestselling author of THE AMERICAN BOY comes a brilliant new historical thriller set during the American War of Independence Manhattan, 1778 A city of secrets, profiteers, loyalists and double agents As the last part of America under British rule, New York is home to a swelling tide of refugees seeking justice from the British crown Edward Savill is sent from London to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists No soo [...]


  19. The Scent Of Death is set in 1778, while English clerk Edward Savill is sent to Manhattan, a place surrounded by the French fleet and the rebel armies, and packed with refugees seeking justice from the British crown Here, Savill is to look into the claims of dispossessed loyalists, but is soon sent off coarse when a gentleman is discovered murdered in Canvas Town, and he suspects that the wrong man has been hanged for the crime.I personally think of this book as one of Andrew Taylor s best histo [...]


  20. History, crime and Andrew Taylor a perfect combination 1778 New York mid American war of Independence and Edward Savill is newly arrived and drawn into secrets and murder.


  21. Very readable historical crime novel with the interesting setting of loyalist New York during the American War of Independence The narrator Edward Savill is a slightly naive English civil servant who finds himself caught up in the mysteries surrounding the family with whom he is lodging Although I guessed some of the mysteries I certainly could not work out all of them I found the period fascinating and was very gripped by the story, A very enjoyable read.


  22. This is an unusual historical thriller for American audiences since the narrator and protagonist, Edward Savill, is a Brit, sent here by the government of George III to investigate actions taken against Loyalists in the colonies He leaves behind, reluctantly at first, wife Augusta and his daughter, Lizzie Unfortunately for Savill but luckily for the reader, Lizzie is his favorite and his affection for his wife dims rapidly and steadily as his stay in New York lengthens Also, fortunately for the [...]


  23. 3.5 of 5 stars A Delight, Like Opening a Box of Curiosities.I love mystery, history and historical fiction, particularly the revolutionary era thus an extra half star in my rating and this one ended up being a good one about that time, especially since I hadn t read much from the loyalists POV.I would describe this as a historical fiction that contains a mystery as part of it The story was told from the POV of a London clerk for the American Dept Edward Savill, about his life stationed for 2 yea [...]


  24. When London clerk Edward Savill sails into New York harbor on August 2, 1778, heh is not impressed I confess I expected a finer prospect, he comments to a sailor keeping him company, Something like a city The British are occupying the city and like his cabin mate, Mr Noak an American who has been working in London for years Savill is traveling on business England and the United States may be at war, but war is good for business and opportunities for getting rich are everywhere And in this atmos [...]


  25. Doing the math, its score comes out to 2.625 if each point is weighed evenly, but I just can t stretch to I liked it Here s the breakdown Characters 2 5 There s no one, including the first person narrator, who truly engaged me, and naturally the others are all filtered through his perceptions and assumptions As you can tell by my listing it first, being able to root for and enjoy the company of the protagonist s is an important element for me.Plot 2.5 5 It s multi stranded and a bit convoluted, [...]


  26. On July 4th in the United States, look into the skies and the ubiquitous fireworks will demonstrate how Americans still feel about their War for Independence We still honor George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the other great men who led us through a war against Great Britain so that we might govern ourselves As an American, I have always considered the war through the eyes of the patriots fighting for their freedom against the mighty British Empire I have never imagined what it [...]


  27. Andrew Taylor s choice of New York in 1778 as his setting was a stroke of genius and his recreation of the claustrophobia, violence and suspicion of a city under siege is masterful New York, as it so often is, is really the primary character of the book but this is a different New York a British city under military law surrounded by enemies, the headquarters of the British Army in North America fighting a desperate fight against rebels against the Crown.Although the protagonist Edward Savill is [...]


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