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London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

And when Lavender's trusted deputy, Constable Ned Woods, finds a mysterious severed foot washed up on Greenwich Beach, they soon realise that these ancient bones are more sinister than they first appeared.

With Bow Street Police Office undermanned and in disarray, it will take all of Lavender and Woods's wit and skill - and some help from Lavender's spirited wife, Magdalena - to unmask the fiend behind the mayhem, restore peace and justice to the beleaguered city and solve the tragic mystery of the severed foot.

But will they do so in time to foil a plot that threatens to plunge the country into chaos?

©2018 Karen Charlton (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Chuck
  • 12-03-2018

No One Is Smiling on Bowstreet Station

Magistrate Reed's world has become infested with skeletons, highwaymen, and other interruptions to his plans to renovate Bowstreet Station.

Constable Woods has a boot with a severed foot in it.

Inspector Lavendar keeps finding reasons not to go to Ireland to help pay for the renovations.

Then, of course, there are the local murders.

How is Reed to cope?

You'll have to listen to this story to find out.

Great writing and narration add to the excitement and enjoyment.

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  • Kathryn E. Kealey
  • 15-01-2018

Love the detective lavender series

Love woods and lavender. Great stories with wonderful narration. I recommend them all. Thank you.

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  • Christy
  • 05-03-2018

Blend of history and fiction is great!

I always admire an author who can take real incidents and people from history and weave a fictional story around them using characters you know and love from earlier books. Karen Charlton has worked some real magic here. Since the historical incident I’m speaking of doesn’t occur until later in the book, I won’t specify it. As I was reading it, I wondered what was true. The inclusion of it in the fictional tale was flawless.

I enjoy these stories of Detective Lavender and Constable Woods. I hadn’t read one in a while, so as I began listening to this one, I was wondering if I would remember the characters and settings. It took no time at all to relax back into their story during Regency England and the Bow Street Runners.

One of the things I like about this series is that it isn’t just another series that takes place in the Victorian era. It takes place before Scotland Yard, at a time when policing was done completely differently (this was 1812). The Bow Street procedures remind me of books I’ve read about policing in New York City in the late 1800’s, when the public was frequently expected to pay bribes to the police to ensure they would work on your case.

This one works as a stand-alone, although I’ve enjoyed reading them from the beginning
(The Heiress of Linn Hagh).

Michael Page, as always, does a great job narrating!

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  • Egraine
  • 28-05-2018

Plague Pits and River Bones

I have been privileged to read all of Karen Charlton's books. This new effort was excellent! She is able to spin such great mysteries that cannot be predicted! This might be my favorite because there was so much going on for Detective Lavender. I kept expecting him to pass out on the street from exhaustion. I loved this book and look forward to Karen's next installment!

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  • Rachel
  • 25-05-2018

Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Clean. Interesting. Enjoyed the historical aspects. love the characters. Well worth the read. Recommend it.

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  • SSP
  • 28-04-2018

Another appealing historical mystery

Having read several in this series, I continue to enjoy the continuing characters as usual invigorated by the entrance of the current story's key players in this mystery. With more than one mystery in the book it creates a real sense of the richness and complexity of the time. I also appreciate the degree to which the author has used the bones of history to support her story. The afterward explaining these connections is very helpful, especially if you have any interest in pursuing any of the historical content.

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  • Donna
  • 26-04-2018

Love the Lavender series!

The story and narration of the Lavender series are always a great listen. Highly recommend.

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  • Col. Mustard
  • 19-04-2018

Predictable

Hackneyed prose, caricature characters, and a predictable plot. Really just not interesting, I’m sorry to say.

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  • jerelyn
  • 18-04-2018

I was hoping for more.

I can't say why I didn't like this book as much as the others. It has such engaging characters. Hoping the next one is better.

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  • Michelle
  • 31-03-2018

Excellent Series

Great everything. Can’t wait for the next one to come out. Great new series Wonderful narrator does great accents

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  • Kevin
  • 21-02-2018

Love how

Karen takes real events and weaves them into her own story and this one doesn’t disappoint! It gathered pace to the point where I could not put it down ! Like the other Lavender mysteries before first class and looking forward to more of the same

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  • David
  • 14-06-2018

Another Brilliant Novel from Karen Charlton

I have really enjoyed all the Detective Lavender books, and this one does not disappoint. Michael Page is a great narrator for the stories.

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  • April
  • 26-04-2018

Excellent

Never fails to please, love catching up with the characters. Well written and like the narrator

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-01-2018

Fascinating

This is a super story. I listened right through in 2 sittings. More please Karen.

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  • Miss
  • 14-01-2018

Rubbish

It is a pity you cannot find readers who can speak and understand the English language!

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