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The Sans Pareil Mystery Audiobook

The Sans Pareil Mystery: The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

On a cold February night in Regency London, a dark curtain falls on the Sans Pareil Theatre following the death of April Clare, a promising young actress, whose body is found in mysterious circumstances.

Detective Stephen Lavender and his dependable deputy, Constable Woods, quickly discover that nothing is quite as it seems. As successive mysteries unfold, they soon realise that it is not only the actors from the Sans Pareil who are playing a part.

With the Napoleonic War looming dangerously across the Channel, this is a time of suspicion and treachery. Following the clues from the seedy back streets of Covent Garden up through the echelons of society, Lavender and Woods begin to fear that the case is much bigger than they'd dared imagine - and worse, that they are at risk of becoming mere players in a master criminal's shadowy drama.

It will take all of Lavender's skill and wit, and help from the beautiful Magdalena, to bring the mystery of the Sans Pareil Theatre to a dramatic conclusion in the final act.

©2015 Karen Charlton (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Rogayah 13/12/2015
    Rogayah 13/12/2015

    Glued to a story, but could also be knitting , unknitting, cooking, drawing cats or doing Chinese Calligraphy and learning a language or try

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    "London 1810"

    Interesting story of an early detective in Bow Street, Coventry Garden, a very different place than the touristy place it is today. The story evokes something of the dirt, poverty and harshness of life in England during the wars with Napoleon's forces.

    Lavender and Wood make a good detective duo and it will be interesting to see how these characters are developed in future stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CharmayneFB Rochester, United Kingdom 14/05/2017
    CharmayneFB Rochester, United Kingdom 14/05/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "A brilliant start to this series"

    For an audio book of just over 10 hours, not a single minute was dragged out or spent filling out the plot. Each character was given the right amount of detail and the story was great in the attention to historic detail.

    I loved the use of period slang peppering the tex. The narrator's different character voices meant I could easily tell who was 'speaking'.

    I'm looking forward to more in the series, especially as I've realised Stephen Lavender was a real Principal Officer with the Bow Street Magistrates Court.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer seabourne-chennell 16/01/2017
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    "not bad"

    this series isn"t the greatest detective novels in the world but they are gentle good stories perfect for a cold rainy Sunday afternoon

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    Charlotte 10/09/2016
    Charlotte 10/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Just as enjoyable as the first book!"

    The author and narrator make a second great outing for Lavender.
    Murder, suspense and romance in a novel of this period are rare to find.

    Thoroughly enjoyable and worth every penny! I am off to immediately buy the next book in the series and sincerely hope, that it doesn't prove to be the last outing for the brilliant duo Lavender and Woods or the brilliant duo Charlton and Page!!

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  • MidwestGeek
    Ann Arbor, MI, United States
    29/12/15
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    "Good mystery with excellent narrator."

    This is my first Detective Lavender mystery. The prose is excellent, although the plot is more or less transparent. I have to take on faith what English society was like in the early 1800's, but the author apparently has immersed herself in the period. Lavender is persistent and thoughtful but sometimes unbelievably blind-eyed. The narrator added a lot to the reading, differentiating characters by tone and accent. He had more difficulty with female voices, but even so, did a good job. I prefer 20th century period pieces to the 19th century, so I'm not sure how soon I'll take up another Lavender mystery.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • sslarigo
    Austin, TX
    25/11/16
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    "Great new series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sans Pareil Mystery to be better than the print version?

    The second book in this series does not disappoint! Interesting characters and twisted plot. A nice cosy mystery -- well written and enjoyable. Buying book 3 now.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wildrose Rhedd
    Spearfish, SD United States
    12/11/15
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    "Excellent narrator! mediocre material"

    The book dwindled from a passable mystery to a drawn out bodice ripper. The narration is superior.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kaejae
    01/02/16
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    "Great Plot!"

    A very enjoyable story - with good characters. I enjoyed the main characters in the first novel and it was good to follow the progress of their relationships.
    Good mystery plot and never dragged.
    Also enjoyed learning about medical field of the time!
    Highly recommended!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bunty
    Burnaby, BC, Canada
    29/11/15
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    "VERY GOOD DETECTIVE WORK. WELL WRITTEN AND WELL NARRATED."

    Very good. I like the plot and how Detective Stephen Lavender and his deputy, Constabke Woods work so well together. The romance on Lavender and Magdalena is very interesting too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wayne
    Matthews, NC
    23/04/16
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    "Delightful and charming mystery novel!"

    I had not listened to a Michael Page narrated audiobook in some time and forgot what a great talent he is. I'm in awe of his performance in narrating The Sans Pareil Mystery.

    The protagonist of this mystery novel is London UK Detective Stephen Lavender. It is set in the year 1810. It seems at first that an actress has been kidnapped and murdered. The autopsy shows that she died of congenital heart disease after being kidnapped. Then it turns out that the dead woman is not the actress but her identical twin sister that has died. The reason for the kidnapping and the culprits must still be determined. There are many fascinating characters and twists in The Sans Pareil Mystery.

    This complex novel is a fun read made even better by superb narration.

    This audiobook is loaned to the listener at no extra cost to members of Kindle Unlimited.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Bartonville, TX
    07/06/17
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    "Entertaining"

    A good cozy that brings my mind back to Nancey Drew/Hardy Boys type mysteries but with an older detective. A fast moving plot and a great narration kept me entertained throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    30/05/17
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    "Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful"

    I have just discovered Karen Charlton and all I can say is that I love her work. I have read the Heiress of Linn Hagh this one and am beginning The Scunthorpe Mystery. I am hooked on Lavender and Woods.

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  • Julia M. Rothstein
    Burbank, CA
    19/05/17
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    "Narrator with 1000 voices hits all the right tones"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sans Pareil Mystery the most enjoyable?

    The story is solid. The characters compelling. But the best part was the narrator. His voices were so distinct that you couldn't tell that they were all read by the same man. I was really impressed and enthralled. It was like listening to a radio play.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I couldn't stop listening. The action was gripping and between action scenes, there were mysteries and clues and character development. No wasted scenes.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The sequence at the end of the book is a nail biter.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A brilliant detective and his cuddly constable seek out spies with the help of a sassy senorita.


    Any additional comments?

    All three books in this series are spectacularly narrated. This narrator is easily the best I've heard. His Constable Woods is exemplary!

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  • Julia
    15/05/17
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    "Came for the crime left because of a love story"

    Its a love story and not a crime novel. The book drags on several times because of the romantic bla bla of the main character and his woman. Also, not much deduction or investigative work to done.

    I really liked the Sculthorpe Murder, which was my first Lavender story but is next in sequence. If you are looking for a good crime novel get that one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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