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.
cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom
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.
The twist's and turn's , just when you think your figuring it out... Wrong..
When Lavender left for London, was very scared for Wood's. That's when i could not put the book down.
Yes! He does a great job changing his voice back and forth. And the emotion in his voice is great also.
No extreme, But felt good at the end of book for the little boy. How Lavender secured his future, made me very happy.
Can't wait for book 4.. Please say you will keep writing more Lavender books... i'm hooked ...
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.
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.
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.
Another great historical novel. I am moving on to the next book in the detective lavender series. The narrator was good however I wish that all of his characters didn't all have gravelly voices.
I give this book 4 stars because I think it is decently written, with a good plot, and a strong narrator. Listening to the recorded version there are a couple of times I feel a more assertive editor would be welcome,but it does not affect my overall enjoyment. I hope this series continues.
He put life into all the characters
I love and enjoyed these books , I hope there are many more Lavender and Wood to
come from Karen Charlton.
I loved it and can't wait for the next book to come out. I hope you keep writing these books even after the character get married.
Ok, I enjoyed the first book, skipped the second and have read the third. This will be the last one by this author that I’ll be reading. There’s just nothing alpha or heroic about Lavender. He doesn’t fight or argue with anyone, or get upset with anyone, or swear or anything that makes a hero a hero. All he does is solve mysteries, that’s it! I was hoping for more from this book but it’s exactly the same as the first.
Lavender and Woods were sent to solve the horrible murder of William Schulthorpe. Which they did. As well as catching the Panther gang and solving a kidnapping and a case of bigamy. Needless to say, they were very busy. That didn’t stop me from skimming, though.
Anyway, after 2 books about Stephen Lavender and Ned Woods I’m done with this author. She writes a good mystery but nothing more, at least for me. If there had been something, anything, that had made Lavender more hero-like it would have been so much better.
There was ONE sentence where Lavender thought about getting naked with Magdalena but that was it. And there was absolutely no swearing.
As to the narrator: I’m done with this narrator! All he does is yell. Every male yells his answer to whoever is talking to him, even when talking secretly, he yells.
"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
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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