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Too Much of Water

(2021)
(The seventh book in the John Grey Historical Mystery series)
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Eastwold, 1670, and local legend tells how on a still night, if you stand on the beach there, you can still hear the bells of the drowned church of St James tolling mournfully beneath the waves...

Eastwold, once one of the greatest ports in England, has been fighting a losing battle with the sea ever since it was granted its charter by King John. Bit by bit the waves have eaten the soft cliffs on which it stands, until only a handful of houses remain. But still it sends two MPs to Parliament and rich men from London are prepared to pay well for the votes of the dozen or so remaining burgesses of the town.

The voters are looking forward to a profitable by-election, only for the Admiralty's candidate, the unpopular Admiral Digges, to end up in a fishing net, every bit as drowned as his prospective constituency. Is it an accident, as the coroner has ruled, or has Digges been murdered, as the Admiralty fears? John Grey, Justice of the Peace and former spy, receives a request from the authorities to uncover the truth.

Hot on the heels of Grey is Samuel Pepys, sent by his master the Duke of York to stand for the watery seat in place of Digges. He also brings Grey clarification of what kinds of truth the Duke is happy for him to uncover and what he should ignore. With spring edging cautiously towards the windswept east coast, Grey starts to question the remaining residents and other well-paid officials of the non-existent town. He meets with suspicion from the voters and polite obstruction from Pepys. Will Grey uncover the murderer before the last of the town vanishes beneath the waves? As one of inhabitants warns him: 'This is a troubled place, Sir John. It is a dead town. Can you not feel that? Have you not seen the bones that litter the beach? It is a dead town that cries to be buried and forgotten.'

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Hardback Editions

September 2021 : UK Hardback
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Title: Too Much of Water (A John Grey Historical Mystery)
Author(s): L C Tyler
ISBN: 1-4721-3507-5 / 978-1-4721-3507-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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Paperback Editions

May 2022 : UK Paperback
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Title: Too Much of Water (A John Grey Historical Mystery)
Author(s): L C Tyler
ISBN: 1-4721-3506-7 / 978-1-4721-3506-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Constable
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Kindle Editions

September 2021 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Too Much of Water (A John Grey Historical Mystery Book 7)
Author(s): L C Tyler
Publisher: Constable
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU