Beloved by legions of fans and a staple of best-of-year book lists, the Fielding mysteries thrill readers with a pitch-perfect fusion of vivid characterizations, evocative atmosphere, and riveting plotlines. And now, for all those fans, here is one more.
In Rules of Engagement, Sir John and Jeremy are confronted with a series of bizarre deaths on the streets of Georgian London in a mystery that tests even Sir John's legendary skills of deduction. When Lord Lammermoor, a close personal friend of the Lord Chief Justice's, plunges to his death from the heights of Westminster Bridge in front of a dozen witnesses, suicide is ruled as the most likely cause of death. But Lammermoor's fatal leap coincides with the arrival of Dr. Goldsworthy, a student of the famous Dr. Anton Mesmer and his studies in animal magnetism. Sir John's suspicions are piqued when it is discovered that Goldsworthy's patron in London is none other than the beautiful and austere Lady Lammermoor. Meanwhile, Jeremy's sleuthing uncovers a web of intrigue within the ranks of the Lammermoor family, and the deeper he investigates, the more suspects he uncovers who stand to gain from Lammermoor's death.
©2005 Bruce Alexander; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
"Alexander's many fans will find the final, posthumous Sir John Fielding mystery a bittersweet experience. It marks a triumphant return to the series' strengths....enabling one of the worthier recent historical series to go out on a well-deserved high note." (Publishers Weekly)
I suppose I expected a lot more from the book. There were sections that held my attention.
I guess I'm just not very fond of the fantasy superman detective. This detective that can throw a punch and not get his shirt wrinkled, inexplicably foresee what will always happen next, etc. I like a more human detective, one that is a bit more human and fallible. I can follow the fallible detective's thought patterns more. Sir John, our detective, was just too perfect.
The mystery was a bit so-so and obvious.. but, the author attempted to throw in a twist at the end, but it just didn't "follow". The entire story was rather trite and choppy, for my liking. There didn't seem to be much originality. The historic portrayal of Animal Magnitism though, was portrayed accurately for the period. So, I'd give the author kudos for research.
The narrator had moments of brilliance, but alas, Sir John was played very condescendingly and arrogantly. This may be how the character was written, but I just didn't like it. Other characters' voices were played well though. His meter was just a bit too fast for my liking as well. I struggled to keep up with him at times.
This book is obviously part of a series. This being the only one to which I've listened, may have also colored my inability to bond with the characters. I'd have much rather started at the beginning of the series.
I'd say that if this book were given to me, it might be worth it. However, if this is a typical representation of the entire series, I'd give it a miss if it cost me anything.
This was definitely among my top listens and I have listened to it more than once.
Anyone who loves good British mystery , excellent character development, and a cracking good story, should enjoy this book very much. Well worth the download.
I always enjoy John Lee. He does not over dramatize his readings but manages to differentiate between the characters and is quite pleasant to listen to.
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