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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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  • Kady
  • sf bay area
  • 01-15-18

Love the detective lavender series

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

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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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Eagerly anticipated and was not disappointed!

Solid writing. Good detective story. Good series. I have genuinely enjoyed the first three in this series. I got the first one on a whim and was hooked. Books 1.2.3 are excellent as a series, but you can read any of them as a stand-alone, which I appreciate. Story flows well and moves along. There are some personal portions so the characters have actual lives other than just being detectives. Good and well rounded people with depth, ie not flat or stereotypical. Interesting and well written. Written for intelligent adults who understand that a life contains many facets, and it does have a touch of romance. It's a police procedurals/detective/mystery story. I found the bits of historical facts enlightening but it does not read like a historical novel. It's just a darn good novel set in an earlier time but it doesn't feel like a historical novel if that makes any sense (there are no cotillions, heaving bosoms, or rich damaged dukes reluctantly looking for a wife, haha, and life goes on after marriage). The people seemed real and I became interested in what happened to their personal lives along the way of solving the mystery. Darned good detective story and series. Recommend.

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  • Marc
  • Seattle WA USA
  • 09-01-18

great characters continue to develop

Evil Genius villain notwithstanding this book continue to wonderful series good character development great plot and historical context

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love this series

while each book is stand alone, each book builds on the previous. I love learning the actual tidbits that encompass the story. I hope for many more mysteries for Lavender.

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great series

wish there were more! Excellent read and reader. well worth credit. read whole series in a week.

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love her books

if you have not been reading this series and like cottage murder mysteries then you are missing out. I enjoy her use of factual information to help give the story some background and structure. well done ms. charlton on another excellent read . can not wait to see what bringing a baby into the mix does in the next book.

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Lavender is always fun

I love the Detective Lavender series. This is not the best of them, but is a pleasant listen. I could often predict what was going to happen, but when it did, it was so interestingly written that I didn't feel cheated. Michael Page's narration is a bit over the top to me, so many overly gruff voices and the women sound odd, especially Magdalena who sounds like a female impersonator with a Spanish dialect. However, the characters and the relationships are lots of fun and I especially enjoyed the scenes with Lavender's sidekick, Constable Wood, I think the name is. The family life of this lovable and well written character is a loving look at a "lower class" family that seems to defy the general rough stereotypes.

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Great Read!

Everything about this book is wonderful! I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

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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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  • David
  • 06-14-18

Another Brilliant Novel from Karen Charlton

I have really enjoyed all the Detective Lavender books, and this one does not disappoint. Michael Page is a great narrator for the stories.

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  • April
  • 04-26-18

Excellent

Never fails to please, love catching up with the characters. Well written and like the narrator

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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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  • Salter
  • 10-19-18

Plague pits & river bones....

London, 1812. Bones have been found washed up on the Thames, gentleman highway robbers have been reported and Constable Woods finds a severed foot washed up on Greenwich beach.
Detective Lavender and Woods have their work cut out in getting to the bottom of what is going on, and who the mysterious perpetrator is.

A very enjoyable crime story, based around a time when police really had to do things the hard way.
Superbly narrated by Michael Page. His narration very much suited the style and setting of the book.

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  • Kirstine
  • 09-02-18

Enjoyable old-fashioned policing

I enjoyed this book as a change from the plethora of modern detective novels. Set in the Georgian period at the start of the 19th century, in the early years of there being a police force in London, inspector Lavender aided by his loyal Constable Ned Woods has many cases to solve. The story never flagged and the characters are well-drawn. I'll certainly be down-loading the earlier books in the series.

The narrator is very good

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  • Terri
  • 09-25-18

Brilliant

One of the most fascinating books I have heard in a long time. The narrator is brilliant and I cannot wait to hear the next book in the series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-23-18

Another intriguing web of plot and sub plots

Set again in Georgian London, partly based on true stories. Easy listening, really enjoyed it.

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  • Philip
  • 09-16-18

enjoyable read

different in a good way, set in 1810. you get to see a different side to the characters, warm family life.

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  • sarah
  • 09-12-18

AVOID

Horrendous narration - like a caricature of a brutish accent 🤦‍♀️embarrassing enough to stop me listening!

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