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London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe. When Detective Stephen Lavender is called in to investigate a highway robbery and a cold-blooded murder, both the cases take a dangerous and disturbing personal twist.

And when Lavender's trusted deputy, Constable Ned Woods, finds a mysterious severed foot washed up on Greenwich Beach, they soon realise that these ancient bones are more sinister than they first appeared.

With Bow Street Police Office undermanned and in disarray, it will take all of Lavender and Woods's wit and skill - and some help from Lavender's spirited wife, Magdalena - to unmask the fiend behind the mayhem, restore peace and justice to the beleaguered city and solve the tragic mystery of the severed foot.

But will they do so in time to foil a plot that threatens to plunge the country into chaos?

©2018 Karen Charlton (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Chuck
  • Arlington, TX, USA
  • 03-12-18

No One Is Smiling on Bowstreet Station

Magistrate Reed's world has become infested with skeletons, highwaymen, and other interruptions to his plans to renovate Bowstreet Station.

Constable Woods has a boot with a severed foot in it.

Inspector Lavendar keeps finding reasons not to go to Ireland to help pay for the renovations.

Then, of course, there are the local murders.

How is Reed to cope?

You'll have to listen to this story to find out.

Great writing and narration add to the excitement and enjoyment.

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Blend of history and fiction is great!

I always admire an author who can take real incidents and people from history and weave a fictional story around them using characters you know and love from earlier books. Karen Charlton has worked some real magic here. Since the historical incident I’m speaking of doesn’t occur until later in the book, I won’t specify it. As I was reading it, I wondered what was true. The inclusion of it in the fictional tale was flawless.

I enjoy these stories of Detective Lavender and Constable Woods. I hadn’t read one in a while, so as I began listening to this one, I was wondering if I would remember the characters and settings. It took no time at all to relax back into their story during Regency England and the Bow Street Runners.

One of the things I like about this series is that it isn’t just another series that takes place in the Victorian era. It takes place before Scotland Yard, at a time when policing was done completely differently (this was 1812). The Bow Street procedures remind me of books I’ve read about policing in New York City in the late 1800’s, when the public was frequently expected to pay bribes to the police to ensure they would work on your case.

This one works as a stand-alone, although I’ve enjoyed reading them from the beginning
(The Heiress of Linn Hagh).

Michael Page, as always, does a great job narrating!

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Love the detective lavender series

Love woods and lavender. Great stories with wonderful narration. I recommend them all. Thank you.

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Predictable

Hackneyed prose, caricature characters, and a predictable plot. Really just not interesting, I’m sorry to say.

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I was hoping for more.

I can't say why I didn't like this book as much as the others. It has such engaging characters. Hoping the next one is better.

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Excellent Series

Great everything. Can’t wait for the next one to come out. Great new series Wonderful narrator does great accents

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Can’t wait for the next one!

I first started reading Karen Charlton when her first book came out and it was a freebie on Kindle (or cheap, I can’t remember). I liked it so much and was disappointed there was only one. I am so glad she is continuing this series. The history is fantastic. I find myself stopping the recording so I can Google historical events. I love the characters increasingly with each book. I love the scene in which Woods and his 13 year old son have ‘words’ and how that is played out. I can’t wait for the next book.

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A great addition to this most interesting series of books.

I enjoyed this book not only because it was fast moving but because characters were developed in a realistic manner. I’m glad the author used some historically correct events.

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The best story yet in this excellent series!

As a prodigious reader of a wide range of genres, I rarely stop to leave a review. I've enjoyed the previous books in this series, but was completely enthralled with this particular Detective Lavender adventure. The basis of the fictional characters and events on documented historical characters and events, including forensics, is an impressive intellectual achievement by the author. Spinning a detective story where I care enough for the main characters, that my heart beat quickened during reading, I found I argued out loud about charcters' decisions, and find I can't wait to read the charcters' further adventures, is the most impressive achievement by the author.

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Enjoyed very much

Very well written early forensics are interesting characters feel like old friends
Waiting for next installment


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  • Kevin
  • 02-21-18

Love how

Karen takes real events and weaves them into her own story and this one doesn’t disappoint! It gathered pace to the point where I could not put it down ! Like the other Lavender mysteries before first class and looking forward to more of the same

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-18-18

Fascinating

This is a super story. I listened right through in 2 sittings. More please Karen.

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  • Miss
  • 01-14-18

Rubbish

It is a pity you cannot find readers who can speak and understand the English language!

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