On a cold February night in Regency London, a dark curtain falls on the Sans Pareil Theatre following the death of April Clare, a promising young actress, whose body is found in mysterious circumstances.
Detective Stephen Lavender and his dependable deputy, Constable Woods, quickly discover that nothing is quite as it seems. As successive mysteries unfold, they soon realise that it is not only the actors from the Sans Pareil who are playing a part.
With the Napoleonic War looming dangerously across the Channel, this is a time of suspicion and treachery. Following the clues from the seedy back streets of Covent Garden up through the echelons of society, Lavender and Woods begin to fear that the case is much bigger than they'd dared imagine - and worse, that they are at risk of becoming mere players in a master criminal's shadowy drama.
It will take all of Lavender's skill and wit, and help from the beautiful Magdalena, to bring the mystery of the Sans Pareil Theatre to a dramatic conclusion in the final act.
©2015 Karen Charlton (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I enjoyed this second audiobook of the Detective Lavender and Constable Woods series. The two main characters are very likeable and it is a delight to listen to their interactions.
We meet Woods' redoubtable wife, Betsy in this story and after only hearing about her previously from the point of view of her hulking, but henpecked husband, one would not have expected quote such a delightful character. We also learn more of the beautiful but secretive Spanish widow whom Stephen Lavender has fallen in love with.
Michael Page's narration is, as ever, brilliant. I fell in love with his voice with his narration of the Max Tudor series.
The story holds one's interest, even if there was more than one instance of being able to quests a plot point.
Being a great reader of many a book set during Regency times, I was surprised that the author had women attending a burial. It is my firm understanding that this did not happen during the Regency and indeed, up to and including the Victorian Era.
But regardless, this was a very worthwhile audio experience. I give the overall, 4 1/2 stars.
Lesley, from Victoria.
"Good mystery with excellent narrator."
This is my first Detective Lavender mystery. The prose is excellent, although the plot is more or less transparent. I have to take on faith what English society was like in the early 1800's, but the author apparently has immersed herself in the period. Lavender is persistent and thoughtful but sometimes unbelievably blind-eyed. The narrator added a lot to the reading, differentiating characters by tone and accent. He had more difficulty with female voices, but even so, did a good job. I prefer 20th century period pieces to the 19th century, so I'm not sure how soon I'll take up another Lavender mystery.
"Delightful and charming mystery novel!"
I had not listened to a Michael Page narrated audiobook in some time and forgot what a great talent he is. I'm in awe of his performance in narrating The Sans Pareil Mystery.
The protagonist of this mystery novel is London UK Detective Stephen Lavender. It is set in the year 1810. It seems at first that an actress has been kidnapped and murdered. The autopsy shows that she died of congenital heart disease after being kidnapped. Then it turns out that the dead woman is not the actress but her identical twin sister that has died. The reason for the kidnapping and the culprits must still be determined. There are many fascinating characters and twists in The Sans Pareil Mystery.
This complex novel is a fun read made even better by superb narration.
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"Great new series!"
The second book in this series does not disappoint! Interesting characters and twisted plot. A nice cosy mystery -- well written and enjoyable. Buying book 3 now.
"Excellent narrator! mediocre material"
The book dwindled from a passable mystery to a drawn out bodice ripper. The narration is superior.
A very enjoyable story - with good characters. I enjoyed the main characters in the first novel and it was good to follow the progress of their relationships.
Good mystery plot and never dragged.
Also enjoyed learning about medical field of the time!
"VERY GOOD DETECTIVE WORK. WELL WRITTEN AND WELL NARRATED."
Very good. I like the plot and how Detective Stephen Lavender and his deputy, Constabke Woods work so well together. The romance on Lavender and Magdalena is very interesting too.
Fabulous narration. Detailed & interesting story. Characters rich with human qualities & back stories. Just enough history.
"one of my favorite new historical mysteries"
The attention to detail, and the strong female heroine, make this a very interesting novel. Unfortunately I have read these in reverse order, as that is how I have acquired the books, but I have enjoyed them immensely and look forward to a fourth in the series.
I liked the characters and enjoyed the story, an easy listen. Definitely will read the others in the series.
"Great fun! "
The second was as good as the first. I'm going straight to listening to the next!
Interesting story of an early detective in Bow Street, Coventry Garden, a very different place than the touristy place it is today. The story evokes something of the dirt, poverty and harshness of life in England during the wars with Napoleon's forces.
Lavender and Wood make a good detective duo and it will be interesting to see how these characters are developed in future stories.
this series isn"t the greatest detective novels in the world but they are gentle good stories perfect for a cold rainy Sunday afternoon
"Just as enjoyable as the first book!"
The author and narrator make a second great outing for Lavender.
Murder, suspense and romance in a novel of this period are rare to find.
Thoroughly enjoyable and worth every penny! I am off to immediately buy the next book in the series and sincerely hope, that it doesn't prove to be the last outing for the brilliant duo Lavender and Woods or the brilliant duo Charlton and Page!!
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