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Into Thin Eire (Another John Pickett Mystery)

John Pickett Mysteries, Book 9
Narrated by: Joel L Froomkin
Series: John Pickett Mysteries, Book 9
Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
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Now you see her....

Still haunted by memories of his last case, in which an innocent woman was accidentally killed, Bow Street Runner John Pickett welcomes the challenge of a new assignment in the West Country. Unfortunately, this time he’ll have to leave his beloved wife, Julia, behind, as he’ll be traveling in company with Harry Carson, a member of the Foot Patrol whose swaggering self-confidence is an uneasy fit with Pickett’s reserve.

Now you don't....

After three days of trying without success to make contact with the man who sent for him, Pickett receives word from Bow Street that Julia has been abducted. Suddenly his current case takes on much more ominous implications. And if the man behind it all is the one Pickett fears it is, then Julia is in mortal danger....

©2019 Sheri Cobb South (P)2019 Sheri Cobb South

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 01-10-20

Good read!

mystery, rescue, law-enforcement, suspense, England, Ireland, historical-fiction, historical-research

Instead of an assignment that might bring him some praise, John has been lured away from London so that a villain due to be hanged has escaped and kidnapped John's beloved wife. John is distraught but assembles the help he needs to locate her even as she does everything she can to leave clues for him. Lots of suspense, angst, reminders of the different reactions law enforcement officers have when dealing with deeds against their own family rather than the general public. Another winner!
Joel Froomkin is the narrator par excellence who makes everything he narrates even better.

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Loved it!

Thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters, and the narration! Five stars for all. I’ll be listening to another soon. I received this courtesy audio download and am leaving my review voluntarily.

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I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I've been following the John Pickett Mysteries ever since discovering 'In Milady's Chamber' here on Audible and have found this latest addition, 'Into Thin Eire', to be quite entertaining and a worthy addition to the series. Enjoyable as it is though, there isn't much mystery to be had, however, as there doesn't seem to have been any doubt as to the identity or motives of the villain, and the kidnapping/revenge plot is perhaps a little too simple for a book in this genre - hence the 4 star rating instead of a perfect five. Still, this was a pleasure to read and I look forward to hearing more of the Picketts in the future.

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  • Suzan
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  • 01-04-20

Love this series

Book 9 in the John Pickett Mystery series and they just keep making we want to read more. I love the characters in this series. Sheri Cobb South does a wonderful job of developing the characters and their lives. Narrator Joel L. Froomkin is also amazing with his wonderful narration of this series. I find this series so comforting to listen to. After a difficult holiday season this was a wonderful gift to just relax with a great read.
I was gifted this audiobook with the with the understanding that I would leave an honest review.

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  • Jackie
  • Seattle, WA, USA
  • 12-21-19

Outstanding Narration, Great Characters

I have read or listened to all the stories in the John Pickett series. I have enjoyed them all. I like John’s integrity and humility, and especially the strong and smart lead female character, Julia. The relationship between them builds in this book. This was a very good story, although I missed the interaction between them because (without too much of a spoiler), this story has them apart for much of the book. I particularly liked the building relationship with Julia’s highly competent and sympathetic brother-in-law and I hope we see more of him in the future.

Joel Froomkin has become one of my favorite narrators - and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. His accents are excellent, with a keen understanding of not only regional differences, but more subtle class distinctions. He is also one of the few narrators who moves effortlessly between male and female characters. I think I’ve mentioned in previous reviews that Julia sounds just like Samantha Bond is narrating her part, so that’s a big plus for me, because Samantha Bond reliably brings a whipsmart approach to all her characters, this is a perfect fit for Julia. Kudos to Mr. Froomkin for his excellent narration, and thanks to whoever selected him for this series.

I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Another great adventure!

I was so happy when I saw that this audiobook had been released. I love this series, these characters and love spending time with them. It’s a series that always have me questioning why I don’t read more historical romances, and historical mysteries at that. There’s something about the feel of the era and the pacing and characters that always leave me with a warmth and feel-good feeling while, and after listening.

If you haven’t read or listened to Peril by Post - I just love the title of that book… Peril by Post – it really resonates with me. Anyway, if you haven’t already read it, please do so before jumping into this one. You probably won’t have any issues following the story even if you don’t, but you’ll miss out on the backstory leading up to the events happening here.

Into Thin Eire takes place a couple of months or so after the events of the previous book. John is still haunted by what happened in the Lake District, but does his best to shield it from Julia. And when a mysterious letter forces him away from London and Julia he vows to be back as soon as he can. When he arrives in the West Country no one has seen the mysterious letter writer and all clues lead nowhere. That is until he receives word that his beloved Julia was abducted from their home and it becomes a race against time to save her.

This book is a bit different from the previous books, there’s no real mystery to be solved, rather it’s a rescue. From the start we know the identity of the abductor, we know the reason why she was abducted. So we, or rather John and his companions, spend most of the book trying to find her and get her back. At the same time Julia, of course, is trying to escape and plots and plans for that to happen. A damsel in distress she might be, but she’s not one that will sit around and wait to be rescued.

I’ve said it before, and I’m going to keep saying it; I’m a huge fan of Julia and John solving mysteries together. They come from widely different worlds and have different experiences and when they work together that’s when they are the best. Sadly, for obvious reasons, they don’t get much time together in this book and I have to say I missed their banter, the looks, their togetherness. But I’m still very happy with the book, I love every adventure and struggle these two find themselves in.

Joel Froomkin was as always just great. I love how he captures the feel and tone of the era and really makes you feel like you are spending time in regency England (and the surrounding areas). For this book I think my favourite part was him narrating Julia. It came across so vividly and clear. You really saw her writing that letter, were there for her plotting and planning and felt that determination of not giving up. And the reunion with John was so sweet. One thing is for sure, you can’t go wrong when picking these books up.

I don’t know if it’s just me but I have a feeling that there might not be too many more books in this series. A few comments there in the end have me wondering. I’m a bit torn about that. On the one hand, I’ll be sad to see the series end, on the other I also believe it’s better to end on a high note while the books are still good. I do know there will be at least one adventure for Jon and Julia in the future and I hope it’s not too far away – I need more of this duo in my life.

A copy of this book was generously gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.