The Road to Newgate
by Kate Braithwaite
Publication Date: July 16, 2018
Crooked Cat Books
Paperback & eBook; 280 Pages
What price justice?
Titus Oates, an unknown preacher, creates panic with wild stories of a Catholic uprising against Charles II. The murder of a prominent Protestant magistrate appears to confirm that the Popish Plot is real.
Only Nathaniel Thompson, writer and Licenser of the Presses, instinctively doubts Oates’s revelations. Even his young wife, Anne, is not so sure. And neither know that their friend William Smith has personal history with Titus Oates.
When Nathaniel takes a public stand, questioning the plot and Oates’s integrity, the consequences threaten them all.
“Moved me greatly and brought tears to my eyes. Gripping, moving and brilliantly captures this tense and sometimes brutal episode in late seventeenth-century English history.” -Andrea Zuvich, Author & Historian
“A real pleasure to read,” -Denis Bock, author of The Ash Garden & The Communist’s Daughter
“Meticulously researched, vividly imagined, and deftly plotted. Rich, resonating and relevant.” -Catherine Hokin, author of Blood & Roses, the story of Margaret of Anjou.
About the Author
Kate Braithwaite grew up in Edinburgh but has lived in various parts of the UK, in Canada and the US. Her first novel, CHARLATAN, was long-listed for the Mslexia New Novel Award and the Historical Novel Society Novel Award in 2015. Her next book, THE ROAD TO NEWGATE was released on July 16, 2018.
Kate and her family live in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Coffee and Ink’s Review
Okay. If the cat will let me alone, I can write this review.
I’m not always a fan of present tense, but when it’s done well, the technique is undetectable once the story is underway, and this was the case for The Road to Newgate. Told in the first person by three characters, I felt each character had their own voice, and I did not have to look back at the chapter heading to recall whose point of view I was in. Lovely, flawless technique :D.
I’m not terribly familiar with the time period though I vividly recall the Great Fire display at the London Museum when we were there in 2010. But even so, the background was so well researched and well presented that it flowed seamlessly with the story, in vivid color.
The plot is complicated (just the way I like it) and I’m not even sure I can capture the essence of it, but here goes: The Protestants are in power, imprisoning and executing Catholics left and right because of their own paranoia about plots against the king by the pope and his followers and fearing their own deposition from power. Into this mess swaggers Titus Oates, a real person in this drama, (I love the afterwords in books, especially those of historical authors) who accuses fellow Londoners of Popish Plots against the Crown.
The murder of a magistrate, Sir Edmund Godfrey, sets the story in motion. Nat and his wife Anne are caught up in these events when Nat begins to write for the public about his misgivings about the murder, that Titus Oates has painted it as yet another murder by the Jesuits (and men die by his word). This brings Titus Oates down upon his head. I highly recommend this book for readers of 17th century England who will enjoy the level of research. For lovers of historical mysteries, this one is a wonderful puzzle, a little different than the usual mystery plot. Lovely, twisty plot had me wondering to nearly the last page if Nat, Anne, and William were going to get out of their dire situation. Titus, though an onerous person, had great influence for a period of time and the novel reflects his rise and fall. I use the word “satisfying” a lot when I review books I really loved, but once all the pieces fell together, that’s exactly how I felt at the end.
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