24 February 2017

CAMILLE: AND THE LOST DIARIES OF SAMUEL PEPYS by Bob Marshall-Andrews

AMAZON UK £ £6.99 £14.99
AMAZON US $ 8.52
AMAZON CA N/A

Adventure / Mystery 
Restoration/ Charles II / 17th Century
France / England

Actress Camille Lefebre has to perform disguised as her twin brother, Robert, because of the French laws regarding women appearing on stage. But in this guise she is attacked by a nobleman’s son whom she kills. Fleeing from Paris she heads for sanctuary with an aunt who lives in London. Travelling from Dover as herself, Camille, she meets two gentleman, who, thinking that she does not speak English, discuss her attractiveness and state secrets. One gentlemen is Samuel Pepys, who takes her on as his personal secretary. Camille then finds herself entangled in treason and a vendetta against her by the brother of the man she killed.

Camille is a delightful creation: she changes with ease from female to male, is intelligent, thoughtful, witty and pretty - and can handle a rapier with skill.

I thoroughly enjoyed this adventure of espionage and adventure set during the time of Charles II, and delighted in meeting Mr Pepys in a slightly different setting to normal. A well-paced worthy read.

© Anne Holt
< Previous ... Next >

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for leaving a comment. It will appear shortly.
Helen