Estranged from her husband through her failure to produce an heir, Lady Fieldhurst resolves to repay his neglect by taking a lover. Fate takes a hand when she and her would-be lover enter her bedchamber to find Lord Fieldhurst lying on the floor - with her nail scissors protruding from his neck.
Bow Street Runner John Pickett, 24 years old and new to the Bow Street force, has spent most of his brief career chasing petty thieves and pickpockets. Nothing in his experience has prepared him for low dealings in high society - or for the beautiful young widow who is the chief suspect.
©2016 Sheri Cobb South (P)2016 Sheri Cobb South
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"Absolutely my cup of tea"
I've tasted great regency mystery before in Ashley Gardner's Captain Lacey novels, and let me tell you, if you want that, only lighter and with more humor, this book is the right one for you.
The main character is a very young Bow street runner, son of a pickpocket, suddenly thrust into the upper echelons of regency ton. He's trying to learn their ways, survive an attack on his senses caused by a beautiful widow and solve a horrible crime. And on top of that his landlady is trying to match him with her niece. Almost seven hours of entertainment: check!
Be also prepared for great plot, suspense and humorous observations. The narration by Joel Froomkin was, as usual, excellent. He's got a great range of voices and acts the book for you.
My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.
"In Milady's Chamber"
This was the first John Pickett mystery I read, & since, I have become a big fan. Watching his character develop over the course of Sheri Cobb South's 5 books (& 2 novellas), as well as watching Lady Julia grow up, has only endeared the stories to me all the more. Joel Froomkin's reading has brought to life nuances of the mystery that I previously had missed. The one caveat is Camille de la Rochefort's accent was difficult at times to understand. Overall it was highly enjoyable. Keep up the great work, Sheri & Joel.
"Do not miss this book"
This is a fabulous blend of Regency and mystery. I love the interconnection of London society with a smart, but naïve, Bow St Runner. The characters are well-defined, engaging, and sympathetic.
The mystery was well executed. I thought I had it figured out, but the author inserted enough red herrings to make me doubt my perception.
I can't wait to read more of this series.
I received an audio copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
"Terrific read and great listen"
I was given a copy of this audio in exchange for an honest review.
I am a fan of this series which is an historical /cozy /mystery /romance, all of my favorite categories. The characters are easily likable ( except for the awful relatives), and the story does not disappoint. You probably read the synopsis so I won't repeat.
Suffice it to say that I have purchased all of the books in the series.
As for the audio- Mr Froomkin is brilliant in this reading. He does wonderful voices that are very different and distinct. You actually "hear" a woman speaking the female dialogue.
If you like the books that I do, this one is for you.
"A Charming Historical Mystery"
This is the first book in the John Pickett series. John has advanced from a runner and this is his first real case – investigating the murder of Lord Fieldhurst. When John first meets the new widow Lady Fieldhurst he develops a crush, and he struggles with the right and wrong of this crush throughout his murder investigation.
I liked John when I listened to the audio version of Pickpocket’s Apprentice and that liking grew as John follows clues and tries to save Lady Fieldhurst, who he is convinced is innocent, from the gallows. He’s young and naïve, yet determined to do the best job he can for his mentor, the magistrate and also to save Lady Fieldhust.
I had my suspicions early on as to who the true murderer was. I didn’t get it quite right, but I was on the correct track. The period details lend the perfect amount of color without bogging down the story while the narrator is excellent. His accents and voices make the story shine. This story was the perfect way to fill in time while walking the dog.
First off, the narration for this book is fabulous! Joel Froomkin did a remarkable job narrating all the different characters, but his “upper crust” accent is just so spectacular. If you’re a fan of period pieces and murder mysteries, then you will probably really like John Pickett. He is very charismatic without being arrogant, and he is somewhat relatable given the circumstances. In Milady's Chamber is well written and highly enjoyable, and a great start to a new series.
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"A Fun Series That Keeps Getting Better"
For escapism this is high up on my listener's list. I mentioned a positive comparison with Bruce Alexander's "John Fielding" series in my previous review of the introduction novella of this series "Pickpocket's Apprentice". This series - John Pickett is far lighter, but still imparts the feel of the time frame it takes place in.
Others in this series obviously. And the aforementioned John Fielding series.
The same answer I gave for Pickpocket... There are two, young John Pickett and his benefactor, Magistrate Patrick Colquhoun. This a good place to mention the great performance of Joel Froomkin! Unique voice to each character both the primary ones and supporting cast. To this untrained American ear, fantastic accent and pronunciation. Engaging pace to the story. There is a bit of a "strain" in my opinion of the female voicing. That's a minor thing though.
The society differences. The social soirees. The meeting between Pickett and the recently widowed Lady Fieldhurst.Could she be a murderess...?
This is a enjoyable, light work of historic and mystery fiction. I think it appeals to me since I enjoy both of those areas of fiction.
Thanks for the opportunity to review this very good audio book!
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"OK story but great narration.."
A decent mystery about who killed Lady Fieldhurst’s husband and why. John Pickett is the Bow Street runner assigned to solve that case. I liked John and Julia but they certainly didn’t belong together. Five reviewers said this was a romantic mystery. Nothing could be further from the truth. John really liked Julia but there was never a romantic thought on her part for him. There was nothing romantic about this story. If you’re looking for romance keep on looking.
It was an OK story, which I seem to be stuck with lately, but I can’t see myself reading anymore from this author. I require a little bit more than “OK.” I love mysteries but I like a romantic mystery and when there’s not even a kiss, or even holding hands, that’s enough of that writer.
There wasn’t one swearword so I would consider this a YA book rather than a book for adults.
As to the narrator: Joel Froomkin was great. Every man had his own voice, as did the women. His women sounded exactly like women should, whether she was soft spoken, spoke French or screeched like a banshee he did an awesome job. I would listen to him again, just not this series.
"Entertaining historical mystery"
This was a very entertaining historical mystery. The characters have a lot of potential going forward and they mystery itself was quite solid. While I did figure out "whodunnit", I did not figure out the motive. While some reviewers state that it is a blend of mystery and romance, the focus is definitely on the mystery with a very minor side of romance, in my opinion. For most of the book it was more of a one-sided infatuation or crush. There was, however, a hint of possible romance in future books.
As far as the audiobook narration, I was not as enamored with the reader as many of the other reviewers were. I felt that his voice sounded way too old for a 24 year old main character. It threw me off a bit, making me think Pickett was much older than he was supposed to be. I eventually got used to it, but it wasn't ideal in my opinion. The reader did a very nice job using distinguishable voices between the different characters. I think his male voices were far better than his female ones (though that is often the case with male readers in general, I think). I'm not 100% sure I would listen to another in the series but I would read one in print. I suggest listening to the sample, if the voice doesn't sound too old for the character and you like it, consider giving the audio a try. Otherwise, I do recommend the book in print.
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