A Cruel Necessity
The First John Grey Mystery
L. C. Tyler
Review by Brenda Repland
Looking at the body of King Charles, Cromwell was said to have uttered that it was, “A Cruel Necessity.”
King Charles has been executed and Oliver Cromwell is the first Lord Protector of the English Republic. Cultural events are under attack: theatres closed, Christmas canceled and a general feeling of depression persists. The officers of the Republic must remain on constant alert for any whiff of resistance.
When the corpse of a Royalist spy is discovered in (lawyer) John Grey’s small hometown, it will set in motion both an investigation and an attempt at cover-up. Grey seems to be alone in demanding justice for the victim. Many of the locals are too intimidated to be involved in any way. The local magistrate is disinclined to pursue any investigation.
Through his persistence, Grey will learn that nothing – and no one – is what it may appear to be. The web of intrigue is spun deftly by John Thurloe, Cromwell’s own spy-master.
L. C. Tylor has woven a tantalizing mystery into the actual history of the times. Here’s looking forward to the next in the series.