Death and the Arrow by Chris Priestley

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A gripping historical mystery, full of 18th century atmosphere.

Fifteen-year-old Tom lives in the murky city of London where he helps his father run a print shop. Among the customers is wise old Dr. Harker, a retired physician and seafarer, whose patient demeanour and fascinating tales endear him to Tom. Both Tom and Harker become intrigued by a murder in the city where the victim is pierced by an arrow and left holding an illustrated card of “Death and the Arrow.” The mystery deepens after more “Death and the Arrow” victims are discovered, and Tom cannot rest until he has uncovered the truth behind the murders. This atmospheric venture into the eighteenth-century will fascinate and engage readers ten-years-old and up.


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About Chris Priestley

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Chris Priestley is the author of the spine-tingling Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror,Tales of Terror from the Black Ship and Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth. Chris is also an illustrator, painter and cartoonist.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Priestly pours generous measures of Dickens and Doyle (Sir Arthur Conan, that is) into this melodramatic murder mystery, set amid the vividly rendered stews of 18th-century London.

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