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The plague road

The plague road

Tyler, L. C., author

1665, and the Great Plague has London in its grip. Everyone who can has fled and the only sounds are the tolling bells and the incessant cry of 'bring out your dead!'. Where better, then, to hide a murdered man than amongst the corpses on their way to the plague pit? John Grey, now a successful lawyer, is called in by Secretary of State Lord Arlington to investigate an unexpected admission to the Tothill pit. The man was, before his murder, known to be carrying a letter from the Duke of York to the French ambassador. But the letter has vanished and Arlington wants it. Grey soon begins to realise why Arlington is prepared to pay well for the document. The contents will compromise not only the duke but many others around him. But Arlington is not the only one trying to recover the letter. Somebody has killed once to try to obtain it - and is prepared to kill again

Hardback, Book. English. Crime. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: Constable, 2016

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Statement of responsibility: L.C. Tyler
ISBN: 1472122852, 9781472122858
Physical Description: 310 pages ; 24 cm.
Series: The John Grey historical mystery series
Subject: Great Britain History 1660-1714 Fiction.; Grey, John (Fictitious character) Fiction.
Series Title: John Grey historical mystery series.

Author note

L. C. Tyler was born in Essex and educated at Jesus College, Oxford and City University. His comic crime series featuring author-and-agent duo Ethelred Tressider and Elise Thirkettle has twice been nominated for Edgar Allan Poe awards in the US, and he won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award with Herring in the Library.

He has lived and worked all over the world, but has more recently been based in London and Sussex. He is currently Chair of the Crime Writers' Association.

To find out more about L. C. Tyler visit or follow him on twitter @lenctyler.


Tyler juggles his characters, story wit and clever one liners with perfect balance
The Times||A cracking pace, lively dialogue, wickedly witty one-liners salted with sophistication . . . Why would we not want more of John Grey?
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Praise for L. C. Tyler

'Tyler juggles his characters, story wit and clever one liners with perfect balance' The Times

'Witty and amazing, L. C. Tyler has a wicked sense of humour' M. C. Beaton

'Unusually accomplished' Helen Dunmore

'A classic detective novel' The Scotsman

'Unique, intelligent and fun' Lancashire Evening Post