Peril by Post

Narrated by: Joel L. Froomkin
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (194 ratings)

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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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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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I'm addicted, just give me more!

I'm in love with this series and these characters, this era. I started this series only a couple of books ago, and only because I love the narrator. Joel Froomkin is amazingly talented and I just had to know how he'd handle a historical romance. Like I said now I'm addicted and can't listen to them fast enough. This adventure starts with an unsigned letter arriving at Bow Street asking for help. It sends John and Julia to the English Lake District in what appears to be their honeymoon, when in fact John is sent there to investigate. A picnic takes a turn for the deadly when they witness a man, their contact, being thrown off a cliff and into the river. They find him a while later, barely hanging on, but hearing his last words letter spoken over again. In a pocket they find a hidden letter, a letter they suspect hides a code. But with no way of knowing what the code is, who sent it or the intended recipient, they scrambles for answers. I love how John and Julia are growing together. They are great as individuals, but even better still as a couple. Sure, they still have issues, but they are still a strong unit - growing ever stronger still. Every interaction is filled with love - even when they don't understand or agree with each other. They are a wonderful couple and will always have a special place in my heart. And one of these days I really need to go back and listen to how it all started, because I'm betting I've missed something special. I might have mentioned this a time or two (or ten) earlier, but Joel Froomkin is a wonderful narrator. I love all his wide range of voices, voices that never fails - he keeps them up throughout the entire book. He nails all of them, they fit with the character/s he's portraying to a T. The best part? Froomkin isn't only narrating the book, he performs it, he takes you to the English Lake District, walking alongside John and Julia, and investigating with them. I loved this book, it was a wonderful addition to the series and I can't wait for more books to be released, something tells me there are more adventures to be had. A copy of this audiobook was generously provided by the author for an honest review.

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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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Love these stories!

I absolutely love the John Pickett Mysteries audiobooks. They are always full of suspense, danger, a dose of humor, and lots of sweet romance. Quite often there is also a little moral ambivalence, and John sometimes has to choose between the strict letter of the law and what his conscience tells him is right. There are always plenty of twists, turns, and surprises so that the listener is hard-pressed to identify the true culprit until the end. Sheri Cobb South is a masterful storyteller, and I look forward to her next story. Joel Froomkin's narration is superb. He does an excellent job of providing unique voices for the different characters, both male and female, and his delivery is always smooth and just the right speed. He is one of my favorite narrators, no matter what the genre. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Another great John Pickett adventure:)

This is the second book in the John Pickett series that I've listened to and I love it as well as the first one:) John Pickett and his wife Julia make a very amiable couple, their relationship is full of warmth, love and tenderness - you just feel it listening to their conversations, which makes them so much more relatable. But besides being wonderful human beings they are also very intelligent, bright sleuths, complementing each other in their investigations, which makes listening to their adventures so much more engaging:) As protagonists they stand out in a whole crowd of colourful characters that people the pages of the book, and all of them feel real; some are funny, some irritating, some ominous... but all are unforgettable. The plot is intriguing; it starts with an anonymous letter, so the first puzzle to solve is the identity of the sender... Soon the investigations turns into a murder case and then... no,no, no spoilers here:) Anyway, the story has a fast pace, turns and twists along the way and doesn't let you guess too early what the solution is going to be... well, to be honest, it actually finally surprises you - as a good crime story should:) But the best recommendation for it? I listened to it in one sitting, and that's over 8 hours of listening time, mind you:) The narration by Mr Froomkin is great. He does really well male voices and is good with females, too, and he is great when it comes to delivering different accents (not only with respect to regional differences but social classes, too). I may not have liked Julia's voice so much, but her personality did shine through his words, so no star deduction for it:) Generally it's a very good interpretation of the book, with some good acting and an unexpected song on the way:) DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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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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Peril by Post

I totally enjoyed this book,though I came into the series near the last book.It is well written and very witty.Mr Picket is a detective,I assume.He is sent a letter to investigate a matter and he and his new wife take a working honeymoon and almost do not make it home! Joel L. Froomkin was a wonderful narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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Very Enjoyable

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily posting this review and all opinions expressed herein are my own. This is an absolutely delightful series. I love the way the relationship between John and Julia has grown and many of the issues related to their status in society, money, and Julia's pregnancy [and the fact that women during that era frequently died as a result of childbirth] are addressed. There also some historical information included that I found interesting related to mailing and receiving letters. Most of all, I really enjoy it when John and Julia work a case together - I find their interactions to be very interesting and often quite amusing. There is good humor in this series. I highly recommend this entire series! The narrator, Joel Froomkin, is the narrator for the entire series. Enough cannot be said as to how enjoyable he is as a narrator. He does distinctive voices for the characters, narrates at a good pace and delivers the humor effortlessly.

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Delightful!

I absolutely adore John Picket and Lady Julia. They have grown together throughout the series and are now newly married, in love, but making adjustments to married life. In this novel, John receives a mysterious letter beckoning him to visit the Hart and Hound Inn and await contact. Unfortunately, a murder takes place and the Pickets must work as a team to solve the mystery. The narrator reliably brings characters to life. Highly recommended! "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • choccygrl
  • 12-17-19

Great series

Fun addition to this series. Love the leads and their unusual romance. The historical mystery is fun and well plotted. The books are well written. The narrator adds an extra layer with an excellent performance. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Layla
  • 01-15-19

Cozy mystery

The author does not disappoint. I thought after so many books that the plot might get boring but not so in this case. I love John Pickett, he makes me laugh. He is still in the honeymoon phase with his wife and I am glad to say that he has not changed a lot since he got married. What makes this a great series is that there is a mystery to solve but we also see the characters trying to deal with there own problems. There is no profanity or sexual content (this happens behind closed doors) but it has some mild violence, which is to be expected. I would highly recommend this series and I am so glad the author stuck with the same narrator who is brilliant at voicing the characters.

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  • 01-13-19

great fun

The most unlikely of romances continues, with mystery, character, plot, humour and historical accuracy of language and events..a great, lovely read . Talented Narrator

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  • Inishowen Cailin
  • 01-04-19

Another great John Pickett story.

I always enjoy the John Pickett mysteries and this was no exception. The mystery entertsins but my favourite aspect is the relationships he has with Julia and Mr. Colhoun. The mystery here was complex and very intriguing. I liked the attention to detail regarding Ireland. The narrator also did an excellent job of speaking as Gaeilge. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reading audio copy.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-28-18

I'm a Bow Street Runner. I attract funerals.

When Lady Julia and How Street Runner, John Pickett married three months ago, their honeymoon was plagued by the meeting with the new in-laws and an inconvenient job. So when a mysterious letter asking for help arrived from the scenic Lake District, John's magistrate suggests John and his now pregnant wife spend a few weeks at the hotel named in the letter, combining an investigation with a relaxed time together. The only dutifully being that neither the name of the sender nor the nature of the help needed is known. As with the other stories in the John Pickett series, Sheri Cobb South combines a delightful peek into the life and atmosphere of bygone days with an intriguing mystery. As John and Julia become more accustomed to and relaxed with each other's foibles and the unwanted barriers of class, their relationship deepens, especially as Julia's life seemed endangered. Joel L.Froomkin again narrates, becoming the still insecure Runner who married above his station with perfect aplomb. He also carries the story well and individually voices each of the other protagonists, including Julia, with delicacy and appropriate style. A very nice performance. My thanks to the rights holder of Peril by Post, who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. Although number right in the series, this book can be read entirely as a stand alone although some of the nuances of John and Julia's relationship might be missed. This is a delicious series and highly recommended.

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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.