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The eighth book in the series finds John Pickett bound for England's scenic Lake District, where an unsigned letter has summoned him for an unspecified reason. Pickett and his wife Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, take a room at the Hart and Hound as the letter instructs him. Once installed there, however, Pickett can do nothing but wait for the anonymous contact to identify himself. A midnight search of the inn's register seems to identify the innkeeper, Ned Hawkins, as his man, but before Pickett can discover the reason for his summons, Hawkins is pushed from a cliff - surviving the fall only long enough to call Pickett's attention to the letter in his pocket. 

With his contact dead and his only clue a letter containing nothing more than a rambling account of family news, Pickett knows he's on his own. But that isn't the worst of his problems: Julia saw the crime being committed, and although she can't identify the murderer, there is every indication that the killer knows he was seen - and intends to eliminate any possible witnesses. 

Amidst a quirky cast of characters including a host of holiday-makers, a bucolic love triangle, an aspiring poet in the Romantic vein, and an old friend of his magistrate, Mr. Colquhoun, Pickett must discover the secret behind that urgent summons before a second, and far more personal, murder is committed.

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

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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 12-07-18

Best book in the series!

I am so enjoying this series and the narration! Of all the books so far, this one is easily my favorite.

All of the books have been complete stores. I loved how this one, in particular, made reference to the prior issues. Even if you had not listened to those books (and shame on you), you were still able to get the feel for how the Pickett's came to be. Since this book focused a lot on John and Juia's relationship, it was especially rewarding to be reminded of a few elements of their past.

While I'm always going on and on about how great this narrator is, for this book I need to acknowledge the author. Cobb South can write! From the very beginning, the relationship between John and Julia is pretty special. John is on police work but takes his wife along and of course, mystery. The mystery was solid but it was the interplay between the two characters that made this listen They laughed, loved and lounged together. I loved their dynamic and it made for a great backdrop to the mystery.

I love this series but I think this book has a special place in my heart.

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Continuing the delightful saga!

I look forward to each new installment in the John Picket mysteries and was not disappointed in this latest installment. I'm dying to see more about John's father and I'm sure that will come someday. In the meantime, the characters continue to grow and develop and the mystery continues to entertain. Please keep them coming!

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 12-09-18

Delightful Listen!

Wonderful investigation by John Pickett and his wife Lady Julia. Sheri Cobb South outdid herself with this story. I loved the vivid imagery and the tenderness in the story. The story has such a sweet insightful way of meshing people of the upper class with those of the trades. The characters of John Pickett and his wife are so endearing. I love how they communicate and try to help each other. The title of this book fits the plot so well too! The narration by Joel Froomkin is perfect! He has distinguished voices for the various characters, and his singing as John Pickett was spectacular at the dinner party. He adds authentic accents to various characters making the listen that much more enjoyable. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. This book is a standalone listen and part of a series. I cannot wait to listen to the next adventure by this talented author and narrator. The twists in the story are so well done.

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Pickett Fan

I like all the stories with John and Julia but this barely makes a full book let alone a mystery.
I think if it had been written as a prequel to the next book it would be more acceptable. There are many side stories and too many "find the handwriting" which makes it boring. I'm hoping the next one lives up to the others.

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Wonderful Historic Cozy Mystery!

Peril by Post is part of the wonderful John Pickett Mysteries series. John Pickett is a Bow Street Runner, London's first professional police force. He is sent to the lake country on a working honeymoon with his wife, Julia, to try to find out who was trying to summon Bow Street and why. While investigating, Julia sees a murder in the distance but is too far away to identify the guilty party. Who did it and why?

I love this series! The narrator is so good that the book sounds like a full cast production. The characters are vivid and believable. I look forward to listening to the other books in the series.

I was gifted a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review,

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  • Suzan
  • SF Bay Area
  • 12-14-18

Love this series

I am in love with this series by Sheri Cobb South. John Pickett and his lovely wife Julia just keep getting better and better. This is book 8 in the John Pickett Mystery series. I listened to this book almost in one day, then I was so sad because it was over. Joel L. Froomkin does a wonderful job of narrating this series and this book is no different. I was lucky enough to be gifted this audiobook this is my honest review. Can't wait for the next book in this series.

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  • Donna
  • CHESAPEAKE, VA
  • 12-12-18

Love John and Julia, fun and engaging mystery

Great addition to the series. It kept me engaged to the very end. I was lucky to receive a free audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I also purchased the kindle version. I like switching between audio and reading. I love the interplay between John and Julia. This book had them investigating a mystery outside of London in the Falls area posing as honeymooners. John has been sent by Bow Street in response to a letter received from an unknown sender. This is a clean story that you can listen to out loud. I love how the author has built the chemistry with John and Julia without graphic scenes. There were interesting characters, descriptive settings and a great mystery. I loved the poet. He was hilarious. This is a favorite mystery series, so I look forward to reading these stories. This one did not disappoint. From an audio perspective, I thought the narrator did a great job. Initially, I had to get used to the voices because I have read all but the first book. So, the voices in my mind did not align with the narrator. After a few chapters in, I was good. I loved hearing the accents. Great book, great series. Each mystery is a stand alone, however John and Julia's relationship builds over the course of the series, so I would recommend to start with Book 1.

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Another Honeymoon

I came into this series in the middle and now consider myself richer by far for the three novels plus short story I've enjoyed to date. Our mudlark hero (the term is explained in this tale), son of a transported convict and former pickpocket, has been recognized for his intelligence and potential by several worthy men and has grown into a noted Bow Street Runner. His lady wife both loves and values him and has proven valuable herself in helping him solve several of his cases. Thus John's Magistrate, having received an anonymous missive requesting Bow Street's aid, sends John and Julia to the Lake District on a belated honeymoon to try to determine what's amiss. Warm wit, clever plotting, and goodness pervade each of the individual books, all of which can stand alone, with sufficient background filled in to provide context; and as narrated by Joel L. Froomkin, the stories come alive with the richness of the varied accents of town and country, Count and commoner. I LOVE these books!

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I love this series!

John Pickett and Julia are so much fun! I think the narrator was fabulous except for one thing—Julia sounds older than John. Otherwise a great book performed beautifully. Cannot wait for the next installment. I know that in the end John will discover he is of noble birth.

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  • Jan M
  • 12-09-18

Delightful Listen!

Wonderful investigation by John Pickett and his wife Lady Julia. Sheri Cobb South outdid herself with this story. I loved the vivid imagery and the tenderness in the story. The story has such a sweet insightful way of meshing people of the upper class with those of the trades. The characters of John Pickett and his wife are so endearing. I love how they communicate and try to help each other. The title of this book fits the plot so well too! The narration by Joel Froomkin is perfect! He has distinguished voices for the various characters, and his singing as John Pickett was spectacular at the dinner party. He adds authentic accents to various characters making the listen that much more enjoyable. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. This book is a standalone listen and part of a series. I cannot wait to listen to the next adventure by this talented author and narrator. The twists in the story are so well done.