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The Sculthorpe Murder

The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 3
Narrated by: Michael Page
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
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Northamptonshire, 1810: As a new canal network snakes across the landscape, a vicious mob stakes its claim to the county. Every local constable is out on the hunt for the ruthless Panther Gang. When an elderly man is robbed and murdered in sleepy Middleton, the beleaguered magistrates send for help from London's Bow Street Police Office.

Detective Stephen Lavender and Constable Ned Woods soon discover there's more to William Sculthorpe's demise than meets the eye. Mystery surrounds the old man and his family, and the stench of revenge hangs heavy in the air. Are the Panther Gang really responsible or is something more sinister afoot? As Lavender delves further into long-hidden secrets, Woods has demons of his own to contend with: ghosts from his past that stalk him through the investigation.

Uncovering decades of simmering hatred and deceit, Lavender and Woods must use all their wit and cunning to solve this evil crime.

©2016 Karen Charlton (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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Fantastic series!

Red Herrings, history, solid police work.
Overall a great addition to the series.
Excellent narration.

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If only all police were like Detective Lavender!

This is the second Detective Lavender mystery I have read and have found the characters well developed and the history research clear and precise. I looked forward to the whole series.

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  • Through a Golden Eye
  • 11-09-2016

Based in historical fact

I've read or listened to all of this series and enjoyed each one. Carefully plotted and painstakingly accurate in period detail, this is a wonderful example of first class historical fiction with great murder mystery plot.

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  • sslarigo
  • 26-11-2016

This series just keeps getting better!

Where does The Sculthorpe Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Lots of twists and turns with great characters. I've read all three available books and the series just keeps getting better. Looking forward to the next book.

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  • L. E. Weyts
  • 07-11-2016

Loved it!

Love Page's different voices & thought the story was very well planned & written.
Waiting for another!

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  • Shannon Applegate
  • 30-10-2016

Love the Lavender series!

So interesting and exciting! I loved all the subplots and the way the puzzle fell into place with all of them at the end. I can't wait for the next one to come out as an audiobook!

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  • girlofgrace
  • 11-10-2016

Fascinating

I super enjoyed this book. I have listened to books 1 &2 and this book did not disappoint me in any way. I love the history and the interaction of the characters.

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  • RavidReader
  • 05-09-2016

Superb narration

From Karen Charlton's first book, The Heiress of Linn Hagh, I've become a big fan. Her stories are actually drawn from real historical events. The writing transports me to the book's time period, 1810. Additionally, the narration was superb! I look forward to the next book in the Detective Lavender series.

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  • Terri A.
  • 05-09-2016

Interesting history and great fiction.

This is a good mystery within a mystery with lots of twists and turns of plot. I hope there is more to come from this author.

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  • Pavlin Lange
  • 04-03-2019

I'm A Fan!

Loved this one the most so far. Can't wait to read the next one. Very smart and very funny - and I'm learning that there's a lot more to Regency England than Jane Austen would have you believe!

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  • Lisa Freeman
  • 11-11-2018

Detective Lavender!

Another great Detective Lavendar story! Can't wait for my next credit to hear the next one. Be sure to start with the first book. You won't regret it. Great listen.#Tagsgiving#Sweepstakes

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  • Rae
  • 14-09-2016

"Great story"

If you could sum up The Sculthorpe Murder in three words, what would they be?

The unknown

What other book might you compare The Sculthorpe Murder to and why?

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Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

He put life into all the characters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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Any additional comments?

I love and enjoyed these books , I hope there are many more Lavender and Wood to

come from Karen Charlton.

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  • Julian P
  • 08-09-2016

Good

Not as good as first book on the series. Still worth listening but a little slow in places. Seek out first book if you want to be really entertained.

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  • Rogayah
  • 25-10-2016

OK...a lot of busi ness

It was a long and complicated case for Lavender and Woods in Northants in 1810. I am not sure if it was as good as previous cases they have had to solve, but I did not feel it was as compelling. The victim was an unsavoury character whose death evoked no sympathy and so I did not care if his murder was solved or not. Woods and Lavender poked their noses into the doings of the community and opened up a can of worms, gradually pulling together the threads to make a picture or three, uncovering puzzle after puzzle.

Unfortunately I took a dislike to the narrator so things were not helped along there as I felt he did not give a true picture of characters including Lavender. Woods he made a better job of, but the voice was a detraction from quite a cast of characters

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  • Edith McNulty
  • 13-06-2020

Sculthorpe Murder

Wonderful story I really enjoy these books 📚, just going to order another one

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  • adrian
  • 29-04-2020

Fantastic

Inspector Lavender triumphs again.
I can't turn it off, or if I was reading put it down. It engaging from start to finish

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  • Evan
  • 22-12-2019

Great book

Fun book, not as good as one and two but nice to see other characters being explored

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  • Irish Cailín
  • 07-07-2019

I am hooked!

I have listen to the first three Inspector Lavender mysteries, now book 4 awaits me!

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  • mrs k p archibald
  • 18-05-2019

Thoroughly enjoyable story.

Very well read. I love the main characters and the storyline is gripping and also amusing.

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  • Dave
  • 28-04-2019

Lavender & Woods bang up the bad boys yet again,

Love this duo. Possibly my favorite crime fighting relationship. I cant decide whether i want to be Lavender, the cool and collected, highly intellectual good guy, who knows much about everything, or Ned Woods, the much more down to earth, unsung hero, man of the people, who lives for his family and for his food. Truth is I know which one I am, and perhaps thats why i love this duo, I am certain Ned is my long lost Doppelganger. Another great adventure that rolls along at a comfortable pace, with lovely description as always from this author of an old England which sounds tough to live in, yet simple in its pleasures, where folk were humble but still lived among bad guys, and in this little Leicestershire village they have more than their fare share. Plenty of twists and turns, characters to love and to loathe, you can read this book on its own but will enjoy it more if you invest in the first three books of this crime fighting teams adventures. Michael Page is a joy as a Narrator and I believe he too loves these guys, absolutely has them to a tea from the first book to the last.

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  • Leo
  • 03-01-2019

an enjoyable listen

intriguing story that jogs along very nicely. I enjoyed this book more than the previous two

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  • nought
  • 25-12-2018

Murder??

Another good inspector Lavender mystery
Well worth listening to fast paced and we'll put together
Tale, very well read