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Summary

Bow Street Runner John Pickett and Julia, Lady Fieldhurst, seem to have reached an impasse as they wait for the annulment of their accidental marriage to come before the ecclesiastical court.

In the meantime, Pickett is summoned to investigate the theft of almost 200 pounds from a linen-draper's shop - but finds no sign that either the shop or the safe where the money was kept had been forced open. Given the lack of evidence, he can only assume the money was taken by someone inside.

With a host of suspects and a hostile hound named Brutus impeding his progress, Pickett must resort to the tricks of his former trade in order to catch a thief in the act.

©2016 Sheri Cobb South (P)2017 Sheri Cobb South

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I don't doubt your sincerity, John, but ....

A sad and lonely Christmas awaited John Pickett before his kindly boss invited him to join his large family for dinner. And then a crime to solve - the safe of one Mr.Robinson, draper, had been opened and the large sum of money, awaiting banking after the holiday period, had been stolen.
But even as he investigates, John is constantly reminded of Julia, Lady Fieldhurst, his wife in law only, as he miserably awaits the annulment of their marriage.
An enjoyable, if a little sad, continuation of the tale of loves divided by the vast expanse of social expectations, again ably read by Joel Froomkin. Although not essential to the ongoing saga and lacking much of the humour inherent in the novels, this is not to be missed by the followers of this series.

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  • Jan M
  • Southwest
  • 14-01-18

Great Addition to the Series!

I so enjoy this series! The characters of John Pickett and Lady Fieldhurst are such endearing characters. Joel Froomkin does such an outstanding performance with this series. I love his accents and various voices for the characters. He puts the right emotions into the story. Sheri Cobb South is able to write vivid imagery, that one can envision the various scenes. Although this book is a novella, it is so worth listening to. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series. This story is both a standalone listen and a continuation of the series. I liked the fact that I wasn't certain who the thief was until it was revealed. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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A Short John Pickett Mystery.

In this book we don't see a lot of Lady Fieldhurst and there is a mystery for John to solve. We get a little insight in John's history and what he does during this time of the year. I felt really sorry for him in this book because I saw how lonely he was and in some way he envied his mentor, (who he spent Christmas with), for his family. This is something he wants and has doubts of getting.

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  • Jessica M.
  • 14-12-17

Sweet Holiday Novella

In this holiday short story John Pickett gets to investigate a burglary and celebrate the holidays with the family of his mentor, Mr. Colquhoun.
Seeing John amidst the family celebrations at the Colquhoun residence is sweet and a little sad as John yearns for more for himself than his solitary life.
The investigation wraps up a little quickly as this is a novella but is still well done and doesn't feel rushed.
Joel Leslie Froomkin's performance was top notch and very enjoyable.

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  • alias11
  • 21-12-17

Enjoyable Short Mystery

I enjoyed this audiobook of the continuing stories of John Pickett. Although the mystery was rather simple, and it was easy to guess the culprit early on, I enjoyed learning more about the magistrate and his domestic life. He is obviously a very warm and caring person, and a dedicated mentor to Pickett. Following Pickett's thought processes and watching him methodically pursue clues and apprehend the criminal was fun, with humor interspersed throughout the tale. The story also adds another layer to the challenging relationship between Pickett and the Viscountess Fieldhurst. I am eager for the next book/audiobook in the series!

The narration was good and well-paced. It made for easy listening.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author. This is my honest, voluntary review.

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  • Suzan
  • 16-12-17

Fun novella in the John Pickett series

I am so enjoying this series. This novella was a very fun glimpse into another adventure with John Pickett. We get a little back story on John's mentor Mr. Colquhoun and his family. Joel Froomkin's narration is wonderful as it's been in all this series.

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  • Lady Meserole
  • 03-01-18

A John Pickett Christmas Story

Waiting Game was a delightful novella about the Christmas Season for John Pickett and Lady Julia. John has a case regarding a robbery (big thank you for no murder in a Christmas story) to solve over the holidays. The case is an interesting and fun whodunnit, complete with an et tu Brute moment;). Although a short story, it is complete mystery. The rest of the story treats us to the festivities and the current situations that John and Lady Julia are experiencing during the Christmas holidays. A lovely look at where their lives are and how they are coping after their last meeting. This story shows more depth to all of the main characters and fleshes out more regarding their personal lives. For me, it was really fantastic to get a glimpse into the home life of the magistrate, Patrick Calhoun. Patrick is one of my favourite characters, so it was really fun to have more about him and his family life. I loved his family! This part was truly my favourite. Sheri has this brilliant ability to introduce more characters into her stories that you enjoy so much that you don’t want them to leave! Even the jerky ones (Lord Rupert Laytham) are still super interesting;) This story was short and sweet and definitely a treat to read at Christmas time. It will be on my list of Christmas reads for the years to come. Narrator Joel Froomkin as always delivers an amazing performance which just makes me want to go right back to Pickpocket’s Apprentice and start the series all over again. Really fabulous series with a wonderful blend of historical fiction, mystery and romance all written with a skillful hand and a light touch. I can not wait for the next book! Too Hot To Handel!!

I received Waiting Game: Another John Pickett Mystery free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Jan M
  • 09-01-18

Great Addition to Series!

I so enjoy this series! The characters of John Pickett and Lady Fieldhurst are such endearing characters. Joel Froomkin does such an outstanding performance with this series. I love his accents and various voices for the characters. He puts the right emotions into the story. Sheri Cobb South is able to write vivid imagery, that one can envision the various scenes. Although this book is a novella, it is so worth listening to. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series. This story is both a standalone listen and a continuation of the series. I liked the fact that I wasn't certain who the thief was until it was revealed. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review.

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  • lgg
  • 15-04-18

Another great cozy mystery series

This is part of a wonderful cozy mystery series with a touch of romance as well. Comfortable setting, old world charm, heroine that is intelligent, and mysteries that are challenging to solve make this one of my favorite series. Listen slowly though to make them last - wish the author would publish more stories soon!

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  • Sandra Stratton
  • 20-02-18

Good story

I had to listen to the story in one sitting, I found myself hoping that the annulment never comes through.

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  • B. Lane
  • 14-02-18

A Christmas Novella to fill the holidays

A charming Christmas novella which finds Mr. Pickett, waiting to hear about his annulment to Lady Fieldhurst, joining his Bow Street boss for Christmas dinner. He then gets assigned to investigate a theft of cash from a local merchant's safe of 200 pounds. Confounding the investigation, there is no evidence of a break-in, so he decides it had to be an insider. But who? A different type of investigation from his usual Society murders, Mr. Pickett throws himself into this one to distract himself from continuing to think of Lady Fieldhurst. But, alas, he can't stop thinking of her.

Once again, Sheri Cobb South has written a charming story that continues the saga of John Pickett and Lady Fieldhurst, adding a little more angst to their personal woes.

Joel Froomkin brings back the previous characters and creates new ones for the mystery. The man can do anything!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Diane
  • 06-02-18

Good intro to John Pickett series

I’ll read more! I definitely want to hear more about why John is married. This short novella is a great way to try out a new series!
Froomkin is a huge asset to the production.