But Rider Sandman, whose qualifications for the post are nonexistent, discovers that the painter is almost certainly innocent and, as he peels back the layers of a corrupt penal system, he finds himself pitted against some of the wealthiest and most ruthless men in Regency England who want to keep the truth hidden.
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"Traditional historical mystery readers should cheer." (Publishers Weekly)
At first I thought Oh No!!!! Bernard has written a lemon but after what seemed to me a slow start it was terrific all the way especially when you decide you know who the killer is and at almost the end you find out whether you are right or not :) Thank you again Mr Cornwell for a well written interesting novel Hopefully he will write a sequel to it
The prolific Mr. Cornwell has created another set of intriguing circumstances and captivating characters. This one hasn't yet spawned sequels, but it is worthy of doing so.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is a bit of a different book for Cornwell. It is interesting to note how our justice system has improved since those days. The sights and smells of the City of London post Napoleonic was as if I was there. The reader James Frain did a good job. This is the first book I have heard him read. Lots of suspense and action even if there was none of Cornwell's famous battle scenes. I wonder if this is a beginning of a new series.
The slow start made me think that I downloaded a lemon. When the book picked up, I was hooked!
I would listen to it again while I'm knitting just to hear James Frain cursing :D
Ryder because he's so full of grit.
James Frain used different voices for the characters. It added interest to the story and it was so much fun to listen to. I was easier for me to visualize different characters.
There were definite funny moments in this book. Some of the characters are just so sarcastic.
I have to find more James Frain narrations.
Chocolate for the brain puts you into an easy, non-thinking mood. It's romance fantasy. Big, passionate, honorable hero saves lives and gets the girl at the end. Good for a cross-country flight.
Problem with the reader; it may be my hearing, but I thought he kept calling the hero "Simon" not Ryland.
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