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Murder in Park Lane (The Detective Lavender Mysteries, 5) Paperback – March 26, 2019
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London, 1812. At a fashionable address in leafy Mayfair, a far cry from Detective Stephen Lavender’s usual haunts, a man is found dead in his room. He has been brutally stabbed, but the door is locked from the inside and the weapon is missing.
The deceased is David MacAdam, an Essex businessman with expensive tastes. As Lavender and Constable Ned Woods travel between London and Chelmsford seeking to understand MacAdam’s final hours and unearth the grisly truth, they uncover a tangled web of deceit behind his stylish facade. The unusual circumstances of MacAdam’s death are nothing compared to the shady nature of his life and it seems the house on Park Lane is at the heart of a dark conspiracy.
But when a second body turns up, everything they think they’ve learned is thrown into doubt. Can Lavender and Woods find out who’s behind these shocking murders before more lives are ruined?
About the Author
Karen Charlton writes historical mysteries and is also the author of a non-fiction genealogy book, Seeking Our Eagle. She has published short stories and numerous articles and reviews in newspapers and magazines. An English graduate and former teacher, Karen has led writing workshops and has spoken at a number of literary events across the north of England, where she lives. Karen now writes full-time.
A stalwart of the village pub quiz and a member of a winning team on the BBC quiz show Eggheads, Karen also enjoys the theatre and won a Yorkshire Tourist Board award for her Murder Mystery Weekends.
Find out more about Karen’s work at www.karencharlton.com.
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (March 26, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 316 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503955621
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503955622
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is "clean" and appropriate for teens. But it is wonderfully appropriate for adults. Nothing fluffy or simplistic here. I suppose it works as a stand alone but why would anyone want to miss the series?
While this book is part of a series, the story is self contained and can be read without the other books, but you should consider reading the series because this is a wonderful series with great characters and dialogue.
The mystery plot in the current book is probably the best in the whole series. On the other site, the story does not include as many trinkets of curious historical information as earlier books. But this is fully compensated by the author’ note at the end.
Not to spoil the main mystery but to wet a reader’ appetite I can just add that Constable Woods tries to lose some weight and Inspector Lavender is expecting a baby. All these (of course) while solving a very complicated murder case. Same as in the earlier books, there is a multitude of other colorful and intriguing characters belonging to all levels of British society.
This is the 5-th book in the series but it can be read on its own. I love the author writing style and I am already looking forward to book number 6.
As usual, Lavender is juggling his personal and professional responsibilities. His wife Magdalena is expecting their first baby. Lavender quickly figures out the murder, only to be surprised when the victim turns out to have led a complicated double life - in fact, the man supposedly had already died and was buried several months ago!
Constable Woods is still suffering the effects of his weakened arm, where he was shot in Bk 4. He's gained considerable weight, and some unkind remarks on his weight gain spur him to dangerous efforts to lose the excess poundage. What will happen to him if his lingering injury prevents him from returning to the Horse Patrol?
Once again Lady Clare proves helpful in Lavender's investigation, and even Magdalena is able to offer some wise advice to her husband. The characters, as always, are vivid and distinct, with good dialogue. The plot twists Ms. Charlton throws in are clever and unexpected, resulting in an intriguing mystery and a satisfying solution.
Solutions are found for both of Woods' problems. Son Eddie shows great promise as a future Bow Street officer, making both his parents proud. Lavender deftly handles his stepson Sebastian's jealousy of the new babe, even as there are hints that something is not quite right with his new daughter.
This is a wonderful series and I've really enjoyed binge-reading the first five books. I'm looking forward to future books in the series. Note that you should not miss reading the author's notes in the back - finding out what historical nuggets led to Ms. Charlton's creative thoughts is an added bonus!
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Now to pass this to my wife badgering me for her chance to read.
The story centres round a dead body found in a locked bedroom with the key on the inside! Although in the posh side of London Lavender proves that a murder has taken place and sets out to find the perpetrator.
Intriguing insights to the different classes of life in that time and men's pursuit to marry into wealth was interesting. As was the older rich ladies pursuit of young men!
The bit about Lavenders side kick Ned Woods deciding to fast to lose weight was tedious and in reality he would have been sent home without pay for fainting. But setting this aside it was still a cracking read and definitely recommended.
Once again you can find at the end of the book the historical details concerning this tale, and these are superbly implemented within this great mystery.
The author's story-telling is of a top-notch quality, the mystery is very well structured and executed, all characters come vividly to life within this mystery, and not to forget the atmosphere and surroundings of Regency London come brilliantly off the pages.
This mystery is mainly set in September, AD 1812, in Regency London, and our protagonists, Detective Stephen Lavender, and his friend, Constable Ned Woods, will come into action again in an attempt to solve a murder mystery which has occurred in Park Lane, London.
The murder victim is a certain, David MacAdam, a cunning man with expensive tastes, who will do anything and will deceive anybody in his effort to really get what he wants.
Somehow his duplicity has worked against him, and now at Mrs Palmer's lodgings he's found dead, supposedly stabbed to death, by Lavender and Woods, with the certain consequence that many more eventful elements will unfold themselves during their investigations.
What is to come is a thrilling and entertaining murder case, in which Lavender and Woods need to follow the evidence and leads they will gather, and in their own remarkable way intertwined with an exciting and suspenseful plot, and it certainly had me guessing, they will discover in the end the surprising culprit of this heinous murder.
Highly recommended, for this is a superb mystery and part of a fascinating series, which gets better all the time, and to come back what this episode is concerned I like to call it: "A Fabulous Executed Murder Mystery"!