Baker & Taylor Thomas Chaloner is part of a delegation attempting to secure a peace settlement between Holland and England when negotiations are interrupted by the discovery of the murdered body of his brother-in-law and Chaloner suspects that someone in London to trying to ensure that the talks fail.
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London swelters in a heatwave in the summer of 1664, and in the corridors of power thetemperature is equally high as an outbreak of war with the Dutch threatens to become a reality, in the sixth Chaloner mystery
In the dilapidated surroundings of the Savoy, a delegation from the government in the Netherlands is gathered in a last ditch attempt to secure peace between the two countries. Thomas Chaloner, active in Holland during Cromwell's time, is horrified at the violent aggression and hatred shown to the Dutch by ordinary Londoners, but is more worried by the dismissive attitude with which they are greeted by the King's ministers and officials—he has experienced the futilities of war at first hand and has no wish to witness another. When the body of his former brother-in-law is found in the Thames, Chaloner discovers the dead man has left enigmatic clues to a motivation for his murder. These clues may be linked to a plot to steal the crown jewels, or to a conspiracy to ensure that no peace is secured between the two nations. Whichever it proves to be, Chaloner knows he has very little time to decipher the pointers left to him.