The Desperate Remedy by Martin Stephen

The Desperate Remedy

Martin Stephen

Skullduggery and a good racy plot makes for a pacy, rough and ready thriller which kept me in suspense right to the end. It took me deep into the dark stinking heart of seventeenth century London, full of casual violence, danger and betrayal. The very thing for a good night in when it's dark and rainy outdoors.


He arrived at the place, and drew back into an opposite doorway, waiting. He heard the courtier long before he saw his shadow arrive at the door, panting with exertion. The storm lantern was shaking in the courtier's hand. He moved out from the shadow of the door-way and heard the other's indrawn breath of fear, before recognition struck. The courtier might be the finest of servants at Court, bowing and scraping his way up the arse of his masters. He might be lord of all he surveyed below stairs. He was certainly a trusted secretary of one of the most powerful men in England. Yet here, in this place, he was a frightened little man, on his master's orders, in a dark cloak and borrowed boots. He paid for his pleasure and his vanity by this meeting in a dark place.

  • Firedrake's Eye by Patricia Finney
  • An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
  • A Murder on the Appian Way by Steven Saylor

Books with similar mood

Welcome to Lagos

Chibundu Onuzo

The Angels of Russia

Patricia Le Roy


Hillary Jordan

Hunters in the Dark

Lawrence Osborne

The Limits of the World

Andrew Raymond Drennan

Nanjing 1937: A Love Story

Ye Zhaoyan

The Cardamom Club

Jon Stock

Smaller and Smaller Circles

E H Batagan

Kiss Me First

Lottie Moggach

The Collector of Lost Things

Jeremy Page

Death and the Olive Grove

Marco Vichi

Africa Junction

Ginny Baily


Anne Holt


Talitha Stevenson


Rose Tremain

The Vanishing of Katharina Linden

Helen Grant


Adam Baron

A Perfect Arrangement

Suzanne Berne


Ian Watson

The Housekeeper

Melanie Wallace

The Chapel at the Edge of the World

Kirsten McKenzie

The Shepherd's Hut

Tim Winton

From Darkest Skies

Sam Peters


Rebecca Hunt

By Night the Mountain Burns

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel

Black Flower

Young-Ha Kim

The Cutting Season

Attica Locke

Before I Go To Sleep

S J Watson

This is the Country

William Wall

Shame the Devil

George Pelecanos


Tyler Keevil

The History of Bees

Maja Lunde

The Shape of Bones

Daniel Galera

Esperanza Street

Niyati Keni

Deadly Diplomacy

Jean Harrod


Elaine Proctor

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

Deborah Rodriguez

The Inquisitor

Mark Allen Smith

The House of the Mosque

Kader Abdolah

Jamrach's Menagerie

Carol Birch

The Last Card

Kolton Lee


Jed Mercurio


Koji Suzuki

Astonishing Splashes of Colour

Clare Morrall

The Locust Hunter

Poh Lam


G P Taylor

The Great Fire

Shirley Hazzard

One Man's Justice

Akira Yoshimura

A House by the River

Sid Smith