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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.
©2016 Karen Charlton (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Through a Golden Eye on 09-11-16

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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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Terri A. on 09-05-16

Interesting history and great fiction.

This is a good mystery within a mystery with lots of twists and turns of plot. I hope there is more to come from this author.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rogayah on 10-25-16

OK...a lot of busi ness

It was a long and complicated case for Lavender and Woods in Northants in 1810. I am not sure if it was as good as previous cases they have had to solve, but I did not feel it was as compelling. The victim was an unsavoury character whose death evoked no sympathy and so I did not care if his murder was solved or not. Woods and Lavender poked their noses into the doings of the community and opened up a can of worms, gradually pulling together the threads to make a picture or three, uncovering puzzle after puzzle.

Unfortunately I took a dislike to the narrator so things were not helped along there as I felt he did not give a true picture of characters including Lavender. Woods he made a better job of, but the voice was a detraction from quite a cast of characters

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Julian P on 09-08-16

Good

Not as good as first book on the series. Still worth listening but a little slow in places. Seek out first book if you want to be really entertained.

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