The Work of The Devil

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
London 1641: The first revolution by the people for the people is about to begin. Patrick Growsby, a printer's devil soon finds himself embroiled in a series of murders while the crown tries to muzzle him as he begins the very first investigative journalism. A romp in the spirit of the times through the sounds, sights and smells of a ribald city about to explode into open rebellion. More

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About Ken Hudson

I was born in London quite some time ago. My family emigrated to New Zealand when I was 12. A small but rather beautiful country, New Zealand is tucked away in the south Pacific. Christchurch, my city, suffered two devastating earthquakes in 2010-2011. The centre of the city was almost completely wiped out so we currently live in a donut. Life is still good however in this laid-back place where people treat very seriously their leisure time and their coffee.
I first thought of a novel about roundheads far too many years ago. In the meantime I met quite a lot of success as a playwright and prose took a back seat. I have a fascination with social history and the moods of the ages. In my musical Till The Boys Come Home I used songs from WWII to provide the emotion for the various war years. Each song was used in its year of release. More recently I wrote another musical Pounamu Cut that contrasts European and Maori values over a road that is about to cut through a major greenstone (nephrite jade, called pounamu in Maori and a spiritual treasure) deposit. Set in 1870 it again uses songs accurate to the time.
I live with my wife Marie-Gabrielle and our chocolate Labrador, Poppy. Currently I am teaching at a high school – English and Drama, of course!

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Review by: Chesie28 on Jan. 14, 2015 :
I chose this book for my regular book club. The theme was 17th Century London. I wanted to choose a book that was part thriller and part crime and this book fitted the criteria perfectly. I downloaded this novel (and thanks to Smashwords for the most faultless book buying experience) and knew this book would have people talking.
Initially starting the book it took me a while to adjust to as I usually read novels in the third person and I was worried that this was going to be hard for me to make the transition from third person to first person narrative, but BANG, it really hits you! From the moment Growsby hits the streets of London the pace is fast and furious. Such detail in the plot and what an action packed plot it is, surprises at every turn and a relentless race around London. There's no breathers here folks, these characters rest for no reader. I enjoyed the ending, which fortunately leaves room for a sequel. Looking forward to reading the next book if the author intends to write one!
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
Review by: eastergirl on Dec. 17, 2014 :
Started slowly with first 2 chapters as a descriptive lead in, then we were into it. A very insightful look into that particular time with some names and areas of London being very familiar and what an adventure for Mr Growsby to be involved in - I loved it!! started it one day,kept reading till I could hardly see, then picked it up and finished it the next morning. A very good book and well done to the author for a fine work of literature. Hope he continues writing more good books like this.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Jasmine Joy on Dec. 16, 2014 :
What I enjoyed about this book was the feeling of living in another time. Hard to imagine what life would be like then unless you’re taken by the hand and led through the streets. Films can do this but books are better. The characters are real and almost too believable. Very fast paced - overall a very good read.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Review by: Roger395 on Dec. 13, 2014 :
Wow! Once I started I could not stop reading. Had to of course, I needed some sleep. But over breakfast I carried on and had to keep going. It is like a snowball. It starts gently then gets faster and bigger right to the end.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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