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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Love these historical fiction mysteries. Inspector Lavender and his sergeant always solve the murder mystery. Interesting English settings & characters. Great narrator with wonderful accents. Love the multiple layered story lines, keeps you interested. More books please!
"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
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all the Inspector Lavender books. Hope there are plenty more to come.
"Great period piece with excellent characters"
The pace of the plot is gentle but moves satisfyingly forward. I can't wait for the next book.
"The Sculthorpe Murder"
As always a thoroughly good read. Still loving Lavenders loyal side kick Constable Ned (Neddy)!
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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