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As the year 1349 approaches, the Black Death continues its devastating course across England. In Dorseteshire, the quarantined people of Develish question whether they are the only survivors. Guided by their beloved young mistress, Lady Anne, they wait, knowing that when their dwindling stores are finally gone they will have no choice but to leave. But where will they find safety in the desolate wasteland outside? 

One man has the courage to find out. Thaddeus Thurkell, a free-thinking, educated serf, strikes out in search of supplies and news. A compelling leader, he and his companions quickly throw off the shackles of serfdom and set their minds to ensuring Develish's future - and freedom for its people. But what use is freedom that cannot be gained lawfully?

When Lady Anne and Thaddeus conceive an audacious plan to secure her people's independence, neither foresees the life-threatening struggle over power, money and religion that follows.... 

©2018 Minette Walters (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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  • Ian
  • 25-10-18

A medieval zombie book

At it's very core, The Last Hours and The Turn of Midnight are zombie books.
But instead of zombies we have the Black Death and instead of preppers we have Lady Anne and Thaddeus.
There are bandits. There are folks who betray our plucky heroes. There is even a Walmart of a sort.
All the elements of a zombie apocalypse are in these books set in the 1350s.

They're good. They're entertaining. And I suspect that in no small part it's because Minette Walters has written a thoroughly modern book and set it in the 14th century.

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  • susan sacranie
  • 19-08-19

excellent

good characterisation and clever storyline .
I really enjoyed this and would strongly recommend it.

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  • Fiona Keates
  • 15-11-18

OK, but perhaps not quit as good as the first

it was a good listen, and I'm enthralled with lady. the lies around Thaddeus was a bit hard to believe, but it was entertaining to see how the plot and lies unfolded

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  • A. Brown
  • 22-02-21

Outstanding

Another outstanding book by this author. Fabulous characters, a simple story of survival made gripping by the plot and character development.

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  • Mel J
  • 16-08-20

Excellent story beautifully read

This and the first book in the series ‘The Last Hours’ make an excellent listen. The storyline is compelling really drawing the listener into the tale. Helen Keeley’s narration is easy to listen to, clear and her use of voices adds to the whole.
If you enjoy historical fiction I really recommend this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30-04-19

Just Amazing

Could not put this down. Learned so much history from it. New favourite author. Recommend.

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  • Sal
  • 11-11-19

1340s the saga continues post plague outbreak

This is the sequel and continues where vol one left off.. I couldn't put it down. The narrator is particularly good and the characters now well known.
My interest is especially with the transition from feudal serfdom to paid employment with the plague devastation as the catalyst.

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  • Rymkervic
  • 22-04-19

Wonderful

I listen to books these days, as l drive in congested traffic for 1 hour thirty each way. So l will start with the narration - it is top notch, the accents done very well, the Latin rolling off the tongue. Nice, very nice.

The story has been made so real that l cant wait to be stuck in my car just to listen to this, you feel ...in situ...ready to defend Lady Anne.

Like many, l will have read this and the first one, Last Hours, because we know Minette Walters to be a very talented author. For me these two books are even better being heard due to that narration. The story is during the time of the plague and is set in the Dorest area of England. I love the ways she closes the gaps between church, learning, faith (or fear) and the needs of people - just loved this. Go for it, you will too:)

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  • Lorraine
  • 16-12-18

Interesting historically

A good story set in England during the Black Death of 1348. Good characterisation and well read. Just a little unbelievable towards the end.