Title: The Last Hours
By: Minette Walters
Published: 2018 in the US
Call #: Fiction Walte.M
The Last Hours (Black Death #1) is great British mystery writer, Minette Walters’, first historical fiction and it is amazing! Both painstaking historical research and terrific character development make this book really special.
The Black Death enters England from a ship docked at a port in Dorsetshire in June 1348. The countryside is emptied by horrifying illness — except in one demesne led by the Lady Anne of Develish, educated at a nunnery and ready to do anything to save her people from the plague, even locking the gates against her own husband! This book, 537 pages long, is the first in a trilogy dedicated to these characters, but it feels all too short while you are reading it. I became so invested in the characters and their new “walking dead” lives, where all the old rigid rules may no longer apply now that so few people have survived.
Beware! Once you start this book, you won’t want to put it down. The sequel is published in the United States in August 2019, but for those desperate to get the next installment, you can order it from the UK.
Tags: Black Death, historical fiction, Strong Women