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The Sculthorpe Murder Audiobook

The Sculthorpe Murder: The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 3

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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.

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    Throuogh a Golden Eye 09-11-16

    cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom

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    "Based in historical fact"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Terri A. Des Moines, IA USA 09-05-16
    Terri A. Des Moines, IA USA 09-05-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting history and great fiction."

    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.

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    sslarigo Austin, TX 11-26-16
    sslarigo Austin, TX 11-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This series just keeps getting better!"
    Where does The Sculthorpe Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. E. Weyts Connecticut, USA 11-07-16
    L. E. Weyts Connecticut, USA 11-07-16
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    "Loved it!"

    Love Page's different voices & thought the story was very well planned & written.
    Waiting for another!

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    Shannon Applegate 10-30-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Love the Lavender series!"

    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!

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    girlofgrace 10-11-16
    girlofgrace 10-11-16
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    "Fascinating "

    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.

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    Rae 09-14-16
    Rae 09-14-16
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    If you could sum up The Sculthorpe Murder in three words, what would they be?

    The unknown


    What other book might you compare The Sculthorpe Murder to and why?

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    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    He put life into all the characters


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    Any additional comments?

    I love and enjoyed these books , I hope there are many more Lavender and Wood to

    come from Karen Charlton.

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    RavidReader Detroit, MI, United States 09-05-16
    RavidReader Detroit, MI, United States 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Superb narration"

    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.

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    N Hall 06-24-17
    N Hall 06-24-17
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    "Fantastic Series"

    All three books in this series are a great read. Initially I didn't think I would enjoy this one nearly as much as the first two. I was, once again, wrong. The story within a story within a story had you guessing until the end... on most of it. I did early on figure out one major player and piece of the puzzle but even then didn't get it totally right. Looking forward to the next book in this great series!!!

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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 06-16-17
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 06-16-17 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great story"

    Woods and Lavender have been commissioned to solve a murder that happens outside of their town. Of course, our heroes go over board and solve a few things wrong. Both men have a conundrum with the letter of the law versus the intent to do harm. Can the same outcome be the same despite their personalities differences?

    As always Karen gives us an excellent historical perspective. I found the end of the book very interesting. Karen gives us back ground on how the story developed and her research.

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    10/25/16
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    "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

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  • Anon
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    "Brilliant Story"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and all the Inspector Lavender books. Hope there are plenty more to come.

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  • Mr
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    "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.

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    12/16/16
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    "The Sculthorpe Murder"

    As always a thoroughly good read. Still loving Lavenders loyal side kick Constable Ned (Neddy)!

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  • Julian P
    9/8/16
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    "Good"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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