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After a modest wedding ceremony, Bow Street Runner John Pickett and his bride, Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, set out for a wedding trip to Somersetshire, where Pickett must face his greatest challenge yet: meeting his in-laws.

Sir Thaddeus and Lady Runyon are shocked at their daughter’s hasty remarriage - and appalled by her choice of a second husband. Pickett, for his part, is surprised to learn that Julia once had an elder sister: Claudia, Lady Buckleigh, disappeared 13 years earlier, leaving no trace beyond a blood-soaked shawl.

When Sir Thaddeus confides that his wife is convinced Claudia’s spirit now haunts her childhood home, Pickett sees a chance to redeem himself in the eyes of Julia’s family. He agrees to investigate and, hopefully, lay the Runyon "ghost", whoever - or whatever - it is. Matters take a grisly turn when Sir Thaddeus' groom is discovered with his throat slit.

The timing could hardly be worse, for the whole village is aflutter with the news that Lord Buckleigh has brought home a new bride just when Major James Pennington, the vicar’s son who was Claudia’s childhood sweetheart, has returned on leave from war in the Peninsula. The major was apparently the last person to see Claudia alive, and Pickett is convinced he knows more about her disappearance than he’s telling. Suddenly, it seems the distant past is not so distant, after all. It may not even be past....

©2017 Sheri Cobb South (P)2018 Sheri Cobb South

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This series just gets better and better!

I really enjoyed this installment in the series. The characters I love continue to grow and change and new characters are added that I hope will continue to show up in the next books. All the books are delightful -- enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, but also a few turns that you expect.

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A VERY ENJOYABLE PRESENTATION AND STORY

The entire series is a delightful British Romantic Detective tale of a Bowstreet Runner who is afflicted with love for a woman in his first investigation. I can only hope Ms. South allows further novels to be enacted.

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Better and Better!

I so enjoy listening to this series featuring John Pickett and his wife the former Lady Fieldhurst. Each adventure is a standalone book with the same endearing characters and some new ones added in. This particular book features Julia's sister, whom has been missing for 13 years. I love how Sheri Cobb South weaves the mystery and brings to light some issues that plagued the time frame of the book. Julia's mother in the story was more concerned with being a paragon of society instead of nurturing her family. I wanted to strangle the lady. Joel Froomkin did such a wonderful performance with his variety of characters and their distinguishable voices. His British accent adds to the vivid imagery and authenticity of the story. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. The bonus short story at the end of this book was a fun addition. Kudos to the author for including it. I love the additional insights into John Pickett's character.

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Can 25 people be wrong?

Yes. 25 people said this book should have a rating of 4.7 or so. They were wrong. 2.5 would be more like it. What books have they been reading? Simple story, nice but uncompleted characters running about with little mystery, solving a confessed to crime. If you like exciting mysteries forget this series.

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  • Layla
  • 03-12-18

LOVE this series!!!

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We meet the parents in this series and a few other characters. This book made me laugh especially where John Pickett is concerned and how he deals with the upper class. I kind of felt sorry for him but cheered him when he didn't change his personality to fit into what people wanted him to be like.
I also like this book because John Pickett in previous books always thought black and white when it came to murders but not so in this case. I think this is to do with it being more closer to home. So it was interesting to see another side of him.
I would highly recommend it!!!!
A clean read suitable for all!