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  • Author:
    D. Lake
  • ISBN:
    034067427X
  • ISBN13:
    978-0340674277
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  • Publisher:
    Hodder & Stoughton, Limited; New Ed edition (1997)
  • Pages:
    310 pages
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Gadsby's Tavern is a historic commercial building at 138 North Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Gadsby's Tavern is a historic commercial building at 138 North Royal Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Built c. 1785 and enlarged in 1792, the tavern was a central part of the social, economic, political, and educational life of the city of Alexandria, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963. Currently, the building is home to Gadsby's Tavern Restaurant, American Legion Post 24, and Gadsby's Tavern Museum, a cultural history museum.

Deryn Lake is a well-known historical novelist who joined the popular ranks of historical detective writers with her gripping John Rawlings Mysteries, Death in the Dark Walk, Death at the Devil's Tavern, Death on the Romney Marsh, Death in the Peerless Pool and Death at Apothecaries' Hall.

Deryn Lake is a well-known historical novelist who joined the popular ranks of historical detective writers with her gripping John Rawlings Mysteries, Death in the Dark Walk, Death at the Devil's Tavern, Death on the Romney Marsh, Death in the Peerless Pool and Death at Apothecaries' Hall

A John Rawlings Mystery.

A John Rawlings Mystery. Frequented by sailors and riverfolk, Wapping was full of taverns and brothels, halls where mariners danced with slatternly women, and dens in which opium, a powder produced from poppies and a substance which John used in the process of healing, was smoked.

Stumbling across a corpse that has been fished out of the Thames, he identifies it as Sir William Hartfield, the bridegroom who had failed to show at his own wedding earlier that day.

The Devil Tavern is a Downworld establishment in London found on the intersection of Fleet Street and Chancery Lane that caters both Downworlders and the occasional Nephilim. It is hidden by glamour and appears like a bank to mundanes on the outside. The pub is a half-timbered structure with great diamond-paned windows, the inside is illuminated with a red light and filled with "high, sweet, thin music, haunting and seductive

Used availability for Deryn Lake's Death At the Devil's Tavern. March 1997 : UK Paperback.

Used availability for Deryn Lake's Death At the Devil's Tavern. December 1996 : UK Hardback. January 2000 : UK Audio Cassette.

Together, let's build an Open Library for the World. Are you sure you want to remove Death at the Devil's Tavern from your list? Death at the Devil's Tavern. by Deryn Lake, Robbie MacNab. Published January 2000 by Magna Large Print Books.


Shliffiana
An excellent book in the series. The familiar characters are included, plus some interesting new ones including a possible assistant to John Rawlings.

SPOILER However no one in 1855 would have written a will leaving major assets to a young bride. Any woman of means who remarried would lose control of those assets to her new husband. Instead the husband would have provided first for any possible children they might have, then give the widow an allowance which would end if she remarried.
Fearlesssinger
First Sentence: It being a blustery March day, the wind booming down the Thames with a jolly laugh, teasing the great ships at anchor into fine humor as they bobbed a merry dance upon its surface, John Rawlings, having cautiously emerged into the street from the confines of Apothecaries' Hall, clutched at his hat as it rose swiftly from his head and blew away in the direction of the river.

Celebrating his officially no longer being an Apothecary apprentice, John Rawlings ventures to Wapping, a rather squalid part of London, to celebrate with this friend Samuel. Arriving early, John slips into the back of a church and realizes a wedding is about to begin. However, the bridegroom doesn't appear, much to the delight of his friends of family.

Worse for wear, John and Samuel spend the night at a local tavern. Awakened in the night, John investigates a sound and finds the body of a murdered man he suspects to be the missing bridegroom. When he returns in the morning with his friend, the body is gone. Having helped Sir John Fielding, Magistrate and head of Bow Street, in the past, John is asked to lend his aid once again.

Lake's level of research is apparent. She creates such a strong sense of place and a feeling of authenticity to her writing including the use of idioms the remedies used by John. It is also interesting to see how she weaves actual historical figures such as Thomas Jefferson and John Wilkes Booth, into cameo roles or mentions within the story.

This is a classic traditional mystery with lots of suspects, each having their own motive, and plenty of red herrings. John is a wonderful character with both the exuberance of youth, being 24 in this book, a touch of naiveté, the love between him and his `father,' his admiration and regard for Fielding and the seriousness of finding the killer. Lakes characters embody all types from the titled to the mudlark, each character fully developed.

There are weaknesses in the story and it's clear the story is more character- than plot-driven with a memorable final quote at the end. But for those who love historical mysteries, this was a pleasure to read.
Cesar
Deryn Lake is a pseudonym of a well know historical novelist. Among the books she has written are the popular John Rawlings Mysteries, Death on the Romney Marsh, Death in the Peerless Pool, Death at the Apothecaries' hall, Death at the Devil's Tavern and others. As all her titles are preceded by the word death, this is a pretty good indication regarding the contents of the books and very good historical murder mysteries they are. `Deryn Lake' live near Hastings, in East Sussex

The character of John Rawlings is starting to feel like an old and trusted friend and the author's clean writing style makes the pages fly by. The books are good, well researched historical murder mysteries, they are what they are and do not profess to be anything else. Good escapism for the reader, away from the bumps and grinds of everyday life.

Yet again, John Rawlings is called upon to leave his "day job" as a recently qualified apothecary to look into a case of sudden death. Sir William Hartfield has been pulled from the Thames, close by The Devil's Tavern on the eve of his wedding. After questioning Sir William's family, Rawlings is more than a little concerned to note that not only does each of them stand to gain by the death, but they also have a good motive for murder . . .
FreandlyMan
I enjoyed this as much as the previous books. I am looking forward to reading more of the John Rawlings mysteries.