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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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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"Great story"

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?

No

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

He put life into all the characters

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

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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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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Loved it!

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

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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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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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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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Excellent series

I love this series, and the narrator is excellent. Love the writing style of this author, the mystery and some humor. Well worth the read.

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Fantastic!

I really enjoyed this one! This was a great way for the author to bounce back after book 2's disaster for me. Less romance and more of Lavender and Woods. Can I just say how much I love Constable Woods? I like Lavender too but something about Woods just makes me smile.

There were so much going on in this little sleepy town. So many secrets, mystery and obviously murder. Some of the secrets/mystery were obvious for me but I wanted to know the history and how would it come about. I hope that she continues with this series.

Fantastic narration as well. ♥

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  • Rogayah
  • 10-25-16

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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  • Julian P
  • 09-08-16

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-15-18

Loving the Lavender series

So enjoyable. Love the way these books bring local history alive for me. Am downloading one straight after the other.

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  • Amethystlady64
  • 03-07-18

Great

I really enjoyed this book. The lead characters are great and a lot of attention to detail throughout.

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  • Missy
  • 02-26-18

Billy

I totally loved it and will listen again. A brilliant story!!! Actually i'm just having a fantastic time listening to the this series!!!! Narrator is awesome!!!

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  • mendip
  • 02-24-18

The Sclthorpe Murder.

Just one of those that you have to listen and enjoy, Good experience have downloaded two more books.

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  • Mike
  • 01-14-18

A gem.....

I don’t normally write reviews as the value of any book is “in the eye of the beholder” but this is a great read.......based on aspects of true incidents and molded into a modern murder mystery. Thanks, Karen, another fine episode in the series.

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  • Julie
  • 01-12-18

Brilliant

Thoroughly enjoyable book. Great characters and story line. Recommended to anyone who enjoys murder mysteries and historical novels.

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  • Anon
  • 01-11-17

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
  • 01-03-17

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.