The Sculthorpe Murder : Detective Lavender Mysteries

  • by Karen Charlton
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • Series: Detective Lavender Mysteries
  • 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Northamptonshire, 1810: As a new canal network snakes across the landscape, a vicious mob stakes its claim to the county. Every local constable is out on the hunt for the ruthless Panther Gang. When an elderly man is robbed and murdered in sleepy Middleton, the beleaguered magistrates send for help from London's Bow Street Police Office.
Detective Stephen Lavender and Constable Ned Woods soon discover there's more to William Sculthorpe's demise than meets the eye. Mystery surrounds the old man and his family, and the stench of revenge hangs heavy in the air. Are the Panther Gang really responsible or is something more sinister afoot? As Lavender delves further into long-hidden secrets, Woods has demons of his own to contend with: ghosts from his past that stalk him through the investigation.
Uncovering decades of simmering hatred and deceit, Lavender and Woods must use all their wit and cunning to solve this evil crime.


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Customer Reviews

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Based in historical fact

I've read or listened to all of this series and enjoyed each one. Carefully plotted and painstakingly accurate in period detail, this is a wonderful example of first class historical fiction with great murder mystery plot.
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- Throuogh a Golden Eye "cook, lawyer, knitter, mom, grandmom"

All the narrator did was yell..

Ok, I enjoyed the first book, skipped the second and have read the third. This will be the last one by this author that I’ll be reading. There’s just nothing alpha or heroic about Lavender. He doesn’t fight or argue with anyone, or get upset with anyone, or swear or anything that makes a hero a hero. All he does is solve mysteries, that’s it! I was hoping for more from this book but it’s exactly the same as the first.

Lavender and Woods were sent to solve the horrible murder of William Schulthorpe. Which they did. As well as catching the Panther gang and solving a kidnapping and a case of bigamy. Needless to say, they were very busy. That didn’t stop me from skimming, though.

Anyway, after 2 books about Stephen Lavender and Ned Woods I’m done with this author. She writes a good mystery but nothing more, at least for me. If there had been something, anything, that had made Lavender more hero-like it would have been so much better.

There was ONE sentence where Lavender thought about getting naked with Magdalena but that was it. And there was absolutely no swearing.

As to the narrator: I’m done with this narrator! All he does is yell. Every male yells his answer to whoever is talking to him, even when talking secretly, he yells.

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- Trish R.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-30-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio