March 13, 2020

A bookseller is adamant to solve three mysterious murders

A sickness in the soul blog post

Ashmole Foxe is a bookseller living in Norwich, 1700s England, a time of great upheaval and inequality. Prey to his unbounded curiosity, when he stumbles across a series of mysterious deaths, he becomes determined to apply all his deductive powers and vast booklover’s knowledge to unravelling the tangled drama behind the events. What a gripping historical mystery!

A Sickness in the Soul: An Ashmole Foxe Georgian Mystery by William Savage

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“Many people wear masks. Some to hide their feelings; some to conceal their identity; and some to hide that most hideous plague of mankind: a sickness in the soul.”

Ashmole Foxe, Norwich bookseller, man-about-town and solver of mysteries will encounter all of these in this tangled drama of hatred, obsession and redemption.

This is a story set in the England of the 1760s, a time of rigid class distinctions, where the rich idle their days away in magnificent mansions, while hungry children beg, steal and prostitute themselves on the streets. An era on the cusp of revolution in America and France; a land where outward wealth and display hide simmering political and social tensions; a country which had faced intermittent war for the past fifty years and would need to survive a series of world-wide conflicts in the fifty years ahead.

Faced with no less than three murders, occurring from the aristocracy to the seeming senseless professional assassination of a homeless vagrant, Ashmole Foxe must call on all his skill and intelligence to uncover the sickness which is appears to be infecting his city’s very soul.

Can Foxe uncover the truth which lies behind a series of baffling deaths, from an aristocrat attending a ball to a vagrant murdered where he slept in a filthy back-alley?