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Rags of Time

Michael Ward

Category: Mystery/thriller

London, 1639. Rags of Time is the story of spice merchant Thomas Tallant, accused of murder and fighting to clear his name, and the enigmatic Elizabeth Seymour who loves mathematics and gambling in equal measure. Can Elizabeth’s brilliance untangle the lies threatening to drag Tom under, as England slides into civil war? ‘I loved it…wickedly dark’ (Jemahl Evans).

Rags of Time is set in London in 1639. It tells the story of spice merchant Thomas Tallant, accused of murder and fighting to clear his name, and the enigmatic Elizabeth Seymour whose passion for astronomy and mathematics is only matched by her addiction to tobacco and the gaming tables.

Can Elizabeth’s brilliance untangle the web of deceit that threatens to drag Tom under, as England slides into civil war?

Rags of Time is a murder mystery but more than a procedural thriller. Tom’s hunt for the real killer takes him on a journey through the ferment of new thinking sweeping London in the 1640s. Change is everywhere – science, street politics, commerce and religion – shaping the plot, action, characters and outcome.

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“I loved it; a wickedly dark murder mystery set in Stuart London.” (Jemahl Evans, author of The Last Roundhead)

“A satisfying, brooding mystery…anticipating the coming Civil War.” (Paul Walker, author of State of Treason)

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