John Pickett Mysteries

10 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839 ratings

Pickpocket's Apprentice Publisher's Summary

When magistrate Patrick Colquhoun orders a habitual thief and ne'er-do-well transported to Botany Bay, he doesn't realize a 14-year-old boy has been left behind to follow in his father's footsteps - not until young John Pickett is hauled into Bow Street for stealing an apple from the produce market at Covent Garden.

Feeling to some extent responsible for the boy, Mr. Colquhoun prevails upon Elias Granger, a prosperous coal merchant, to take him on as an apprentice. For the next five years, John Pickett hauls coal in exchange for room and board. The work is dirty and hard, but the drudgery is lightened by the occasional deliveries to Bow Street, where Mr. Colquhoun usually tosses Pickett a coin for his pains. An even more pleasant diversion exists in the form of Mr. Granger's pert daughter Sophy, with whom Pickett tumbles headlong into love.

And then one day 19-year-old John Pickett stumbles by accident into a criminal investigation that will bring him once again to the attention of Bow Street for an entirely different reason, and will change the course of his life.

©2015 Sheri Cobb South (P)2016 Sheri Cobb South
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  • Book 0.5

    • Pickpocket's Apprentice

    • By: Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 259
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 240
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 239

    When magistrate Patrick Colquhoun orders a habitual thief and ne'er-do-well transported to Botany Bay, he doesn't realize a 14-year-old boy has been left behind to follow in his father's footsteps - not until young John Pickett is hauled into Bow Street for stealing an apple from the produce market at Covent Garden. Feeling to some extent responsible for the boy, Mr. Colquhoun prevails upon Elias Granger, a prosperous coal merchant, to take him on as an apprentice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delicious language, wonderful narrator

    • By korinka on 10-14-16

    Regular price: $6.95

  • Book 1

    • In Milady's Chamber

    • John Pickett Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 378
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 357
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 355

    Estranged from her husband through her failure to produce an heir, Lady Fieldhurst resolves to repay his neglect by taking a lover. Fate takes a hand when she and her would-be lover enter her bedchamber to find Lord Fieldhurst lying on the floor - with her nail scissors protruding from his neck.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Absolutely my cup of tea

    • By korinka on 10-14-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 2

    • A Dead Bore

    • John Pickett Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 261
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 246
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 247

    Eager to escape London following the scandal of her husband's death, Lady Fieldhurst accepts an invitation to spend the summer in rural Yorkshire as the guest of Sir Gerald and Lady Hollingshead. She soon discovers, however, that country life is not the panacea she had hoped for. Tension reigns and tempers flare at Hollingshead Place, due in large part to Lady Hollingshead's ambitions for her daughter, a lovely young lady destined for a brilliant marriage in spite of her love for a penniless curate.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A Dead Bore

    • By trixie on 02-07-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Family Plot

    • Another John Pickett Mystery
    • By: Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 205
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 192

    The third installment of the John Pickett series of humorous Regency mysteries finds Bow Street Runner Pickett in Scotland investigating a woman found unconscious on the beach - a woman who bears a striking resemblance to the local laird's daughter, a girl missing and presumed dead for the last 15 years. Pickett is surprised to discover that the woman was found by none other than Lady Fieldhurst and her three young nephews - and gratified to learn that her ladyship has registered at the seaside inn as Mrs. Julia Pickett.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Amazing John Pickett!

    • By Lady Meserole on 11-25-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4

    • Dinner Most Deadly

    • Another John Pickett Mystery
    • By: Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 197

    When Julia, Lady Fieldhurst, returns from Scotland restless and out of sorts, her friend Emily Dunnington plans a select dinner party with half a dozen male guests from whom Julia may choose a lover. 

    But Emily's dinner ends in disaster when one of her guests, Sir Reginald Montague, is shot dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A great story supported by excellent narration

    • By Em Jay Reads on 12-13-17

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 4.5

    • Waiting Game: Another John Pickett Novella

    • John Pickett Mysteries
    • By: Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
    • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 130

    Bow Street Runner John Pickett and Julia, Lady Fieldhurst, seem to have reached an impasse as they wait for the annulment of their accidental marriage to come before the ecclesiastical court. In the meantime, Pickett is summoned to investigate the theft of almost 200 pounds from a linen-draper's shop - but finds no sign that either the shop or the safe where the money was kept had been forced open. Given the lack of evidence, he can only assume the money was taken by someone inside.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sweet Holiday Novella

    • By Jessica M. on 12-14-17

    Regular price: $6.95

  • Book 5

    • Too Hot to Handel

    • Another John Pickett Mystery
    • By: Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151

    When a rash of jewel thefts strikes London, magistrate Patrick Colquhoun deploys his Bow Street Runners to put a stop to the crimes. A Russian princess is to attend a production of Handel’s Esther at Drury Lane Theatre, where she will wear a magnificent diamond necklace. The entire Bow Street force will be stationed at various locations around the theatre - including John Pickett, who will occupy a box directly across from the princess.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • another good read

    • By Avid Audio Listener on 01-31-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 5.5

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  • Book 6

    • For Deader or Worse

    • John Pickett Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142

    After a modest wedding ceremony, Bow Street Runner John Pickett and his bride, Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, set out for a wedding trip to Somersetshire, where Pickett must face his greatest challenge yet: meeting his in-laws. Sir Thaddeus and Lady Runyon are shocked at their daughter’s hasty remarriage - and appalled by her choice of a second husband. Pickett, for his part, is surprised to learn that Julia once had an elder sister: Claudia, Lady Buckleigh, who disappeared 13 years earlier.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Better and Better!

    • By Jan M on 04-17-18

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 7

    • Mystery Loves Company

    • John Pickett Mysteries, Volume 7
    • By: Sheri Cobb South
    • Narrated by: Joel L Froomkin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 63

    Returning to London after his honeymoon (For Deader or Worse), Bow Street Runner John Pickett soon discovers wedded bliss is not without its pitfalls, as he finds it galling to be financially dependent on Julia, his aristocratic bride. When he is summoned to the home of Lady Washbourn, Pickett finds he has something in common with the young countess: like himself, Lady Washbourn has married above her station and now finds herself adrift in a world to which she does not truly belong. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Marriage can Mean Murder

    • By Avid Audio Listener on 08-19-18

    Regular price: $19.95