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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Kerr Narrator: John Le Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1696, Christopher Ellis, a young, hot-tempered gentleman, is sent to the Tower of London, but not as a prisoner. A sudden twist of fate has led him there to assist the renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton, who as Warden of the Royal Mint has accepted an appointment to hunt down counterfeiters who threaten to topple the shaky, war-weakened economy. Armed with Newton’s superior intellect and Ellis’s skill with a sword, the new partners seem primed to solve the case. But when their investigation leads them to a mysterious coded message on a corpse hidden in the Lion Tower, they realize that something more sinister is afoot. In the heat of their pursuit, Newton and Ellis’s suspicions become all too real as the body count rises and the duo uncovers a menacing far-reaching plot that might lead to the collapse of the government—and cost them their very lives. An extraordinary, suspense-filled, and richly satisfying tale, Dark Matter is an engrossing mystery infused with the volatile mix of politics, science, and religion that characterized life in seventeenth-century London.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jon | 2/16/2014

    " Isaac Newton...Detective! A historical mystery, accurate in just about every researchable detail, and according to the author's postscript, even more accurate than I had imagined. It has everything going for it that should have prejudiced me in its favor--set in 17th century London, much of it in the Tower of London, involving codes, cyphers, buried treasure, secrets of the Knights Templar, Arianism versus Trinitarianism and Huguenots versus Catholics, the new scientific outlook versus superstition, bizarre murders, possible ghosts, violence, drugs, explicit sex. What's not to like? And yet I didn't. The characters never came alive. In spite of the technical accuracy, the feel was wrong. There's more historical imagination in two pages of Hilary Mantel. I never really believed the plot. The suspense didn't work. By the time all the bad guys were being rounded up, even the narrator, who has been (metaphorically) kicked in the groin by his beloved, admitted that he no longer cared what happened, and neither did I. And justice was only partially done. Realistic? I guess. Satisfying? No. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Penny | 2/14/2014

    " This book is about Sir Isaac Newton and his work as head of the Mint located in the Tower of London. While the book touches on his many contributions to mathematics and science, it is more correct to call it a murder mystery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jan | 2/2/2014

    " Great historical detail and good plotting. A good mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Petra | 2/2/2014

    " A Victorian murder mystery with Isaac Newton and his assistant as the Detectives. The book is written very much in the style of The Name Of The Rose but not as long winded. The story revolves around a string of murders taking place in the Royal Mint. I enjoyed the book and found it to be easy reading. "

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