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When a rash of jewel thefts strikes London, magistrate Patrick Colquhoun deploys his Bow Street Runners to put a stop to the crimes. The Russian Princess Olga Fyodorovna 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. 
In order to preserve his incognito, Pickett must appear to be a private gentleman attending the theatre. Mr. Colquhoun recommends that he have a female companion - a lady, in fact, who might prevent him from making any glaring faux pas. But the only lady of Pickett’s acquaintance is Julia, Lady Fieldhurst, to whom he accidentally contracted a Scottish irregular marriage several months earlier, and with whom he is seeking an annulment against his own inclinations - and for whom he recklessly declared his love, secure in the belief he would never see her again. 
The inevitable awkwardness of their reunion is forgotten when the theatre catches fire. In the confusion, the Russian diamonds are stolen, and Pickett is struck in the head and rendered unconscious. Suddenly it is up to Julia not only to nurse him back to health, but to discover his attacker and bring the culprit - and the jewel thief - to justice.
©2016 Sheri Cobb South (P)2018 Sheri Cobb South
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5 out of 5 stars
By Avid Audio Listener on 01-31-18

another good read

I love the fact that Julia is the active sleuth in this book. This is probably more romance then mystery, and I figured out the villain pretty quickly; however, those factors do not diminish from the pleasure I received from reading this book.

Although I received a copy of the book from the author, I was under no obligation to give it a favorable review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan M on 03-01-18


I love John Picket and Lady Fieldhurst. They are such endearing characters. This particular book sets the stage to remove possibilities of getting an annulment. The narrator is so talented with his various voices for the different characters and is able to include the right emotions. I love how the author included some unexpected twists in this story along with humor. She also addressed other issues present in the times. I found this book to be both a standalone listen and part of a series. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I cannot wait to listen to the next book by this talented author and narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Layla on 03-12-18

Another Great John Pickett mystery

Any additional comments?

I figured out who did early on in the book. If you have read/listened to Waiting Game then it does help but you don't need it for this book.

This book is more of a romance between John Pickett and Lady Fieldhurst and how quite quickly their relationship moves.
I still liked the book and loved the narrator. I thought he did a great job in narrating the book and voicing the characters.
I would recommend it. It is suitable for all since there is no profanity or sexual content (behind closed doors) and some mild violence.
Can't wait for the next book!!

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By MaryD on 03-10-18

Absolutely delightful mystery

I came into this series cold not having read the previous bshe hadooks. I can honestly say there was enough information for me to get the gist of what had happened between John Pickett and Lady Fieldhurst previously, although I am quite intrigued as to how it happened so I will be getting books 1-4.
This book seems to be where Lady Fieldhurst comes into her own (how apt I finished it on international women’s day) John Pickett lies injured whilst on duty and after saving Lady Fieldhurst. He rouses briefly to give a huge clue that we the reader can pick up on but is misinterpreted in the story. I loved this ruse. I liked having the knowledge and being the observer as things went awry. All the while confident that the story will have a happy ending. Wonderful to listen to.
I am a fan of Joel Froomkin’s work. I think he is immensely talented. The range of voices he has is astounding. He completely did justice to Lady Fieldhurst in this story. The timbre of the voices he used sounded so right and appropriate, the verve and determination to support John came across so clearly in the narration. Not to miss out the side characters, everyone is given the same attention as they were the main character. Overall his narration is the perfect soundtrack to the images created by Sheri Cobb South’s excellent writing.
I was given a copy of this audiobook book in exchange for an honest review.

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