A Dead Bore : John Pickett Mysteries

  • by Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by Joel Froomkin
  • Series: John Pickett Mysteries
  • 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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. When a dinner party ends with the death of the vicar - a kindly old soul whose only sin appears to be the authorship of a dull local history - Lady Fieldhurst suspects foul play and sends for Bow Street Runner John Pickett, with one stipulation: since she is a guest in the house, Picket must keep his connection to Bow Street a secret. Pickett obliges by presenting himself as her footman, complete with livery and powdered hair. But Pickett soon has his white-gloved hands full sifting through old secrets, uncovering hidden passions, and dealing with a demanding housekeeper - not to mention avoiding the younger daughter of the house, a precocious 14-year-old with a school girl infatuation for the faux footman. Then there is the problem of Lady Fieldhurst herself, at once an able assistant and an all too pleasant distraction.

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A Dead Bore

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This is a cozy little mystery that keep my interest from beginning to end. The almost romance between Lady Fieldhearst and John Pickett is charming .


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- trixie

Delightful read

What can go wrong with a story with such a pun in the title? Nothing, I tell you!

It's a delightful mystery. And I'm not saying this because I've heard the previous two John Pickett mysteries and by now am a fan. This story is a sort of Agatha Christie big-house Poirot mystery set in Regency England. There's a satisfying slow-burn romance on top of that...and an interesting prophecy... (done from Tarot cards, which always pleases me, since I've some skill in that) The two main characters felt like my old friends since the previous novel, and now I'm the faithful companion on their fun journey full of dead bores :)

I can't stress enough how nice it is to listen to Joel Froomkin narrating, but then - don't trust me, I'm a fan! Go give him a listen and find out for yourself :)


My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.
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- korinka

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-19-2017
  • Publisher: Sheri Cobb South