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The Sculthorpe Murder Audiobook

The Sculthorpe Murder: The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 3

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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.

©2016 Karen Charlton (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Rogayah 25/10/2016
    Rogayah 25/10/2016

    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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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julian P 08/09/2016
    Julian P 08/09/2016 Member Since 2010
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Throuogh a Golden Eye
    , USA
    11/09/16
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RavidReader
    Detroit, MI, United States
    05/09/16
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    "Superb narration"

    From Karen Charlton's first book, The Heiress of Linn Hagh, I've become a big fan. Her stories are actually drawn from real historical events. The writing transports me to the book's time period, 1810. Additionally, the narration was superb! I look forward to the next book in the Detective Lavender series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Des Moines, IA USA
    05/09/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • sslarigo
    Austin, TX
    26/11/16
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    "This series just keeps getting better!"
    Where does The Sculthorpe Murder rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Lots of twists and turns with great characters. I've read all three available books and the series just keeps getting better. Looking forward to the next book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. E. Weyts
    Connecticut, USA
    07/11/16
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    "Loved it!"

    Love Page's different voices & thought the story was very well planned & written.
    Waiting for another!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shannon Applegate
    30/10/16
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    "Love the Lavender series!"

    So interesting and exciting! I loved all the subplots and the way the puzzle fell into place with all of them at the end. I can't wait for the next one to come out as an audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • girlofgrace
    11/10/16
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    "Fascinating "

    I super enjoyed this book. I have listened to books 1 &2 and this book did not disappoint me in any way. I love the history and the interaction of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Martinson
    Big Bear City, CA USA
    07/10/16
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    "Just excellent."

    Another great historical novel. I am moving on to the next book in the detective lavender series. The narrator was good however I wish that all of his characters didn't all have gravelly voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharen
    15/09/16
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I give this book 4 stars because I think it is decently written, with a good plot, and a strong narrator. Listening to the recorded version there are a couple of times I feel a more assertive editor would be welcome,but it does not affect my overall enjoyment. I hope this series continues.

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  • Rae
    14/09/16
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    ""Great story""
    If you could sum up The Sculthorpe Murder in three words, what would they be?

    The unknown


    What other book might you compare The Sculthorpe Murder to and why?

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    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    He put life into all the characters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I love and enjoyed these books , I hope there are many more Lavender and Wood to

    come from Karen Charlton.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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