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.
"I loved this book!!!"
I want everyone in the audiobook universe to know that this is one of the best narrated books I have ever listened to!
It's a great mystery and the story takes delicious twists and turns. That ending reveal was awesome! Even with all that, the best part about this listen was the narration.
Joel Froomkin is no joke. He handles English lords, working women (yup, that kind), butlers and middle class Europeans with such, well, panache. It's beyond incredible that all of those voices come from one person. Just Incredible! And French! It was like listening to a stage play.
Download this title for the story, but stay and enjoy the narration. You will thank me later.
"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.
"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 True Mystery with great Narration!"
No, probably not. With mysteries, once you know "whodunit" it kind of takes the allure out of the story.
As with all murder mysteries, the big reveal at the end once you know who the actual murderer was.
John Pickett of course. He was the heart and soul of the story, as he should be.
I would have liked to do that, but I was kind of forced to listen to it as I drove back and forth to work, so it was a bit of a challenge remembering where I left off in the story.
This audiobook was given to me for free by the author / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Incredible narration, good story"
This narrator made this book so much more than I could have had I read it.
I actually turned this audio off about an hour into it because I was lost and couldn't keep track of who was who. This happens to me when I'm stressed and listening in car between jobs (I am a pet sitter). I listened to something I didn't have to pay as much attention to and came back to this one later. So glad I did. I was able to catch up easily the 2nd time around and caught a great deal of humor I had not noticed first time. The lead character is charming and his love interest was almost inappropriate which really had me puzzled. I'm still a bit puzzled by that and definitely want to listen to more to see where it goes, if anywhere. The mystery is quite good and yes, there are plenty of twists to keep one a little off-balanced.
I was gifted this audio book for an honest review.
Wondering why the next book isn't offered. Audible said at the end of this one that the story continues in the next book.
"Another favorite British whodunnit!"
I've found another favorite whodunnit-historical-British series! I can only refer to Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie books, Rhys Bowen novels and more. This is something only British authors can do.
John Pickett is now 24 yo old and a Bow Street Runner and in this book he's challenged with his first murder mystery. The story contains amazing characters and many twists and turns. It's filled with a lot of humor as well and it's very hard to put down. If you're a sucker for a cozy, Brit mystery, you don't want to miss this!
Again Joel Froomkin did an amazing job with different voices and several British accents. It's like being there or watching a movie while you listen. I'm so happy to have found another great favorite narrrator!
*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the way the narrator performed the various characters; male and female and with varying accents as well. The accents were entertaining rather than being over done and I found the whole story very engrossing and fun.
The book is jam packed with interesting and quirky characters. Of course, John Pickett is my favourite.
This series is certainly addictive and I can't wait to listen to more.
I received a review copy in return for an honest review.
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