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The Sans Pareil Mystery

The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 2
Narrated by: Michael Page
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
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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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A favourite Narrator performing a excellent book

Where does The Sans Pareil Mystery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would rank this in my top ten. I enjoy murder mystery books with some relational depth to and between the characters, the combination of Karen Charlton's writing and imagination with Michael Page's excellent narration is a great find. I have a job that has more than enough tension and real life concerns, so it is therapeutic to get lost in a good book.

What other book might you compare The Sans Pareil Mystery to, and why?

There is a warmth and depth to the book, just enough edge and murder mystery, but warmth in the unfolding of the key characters. I would compare it to the Max Tudor series, different century, but the characters have a steady reflective no nonsense approach, but with a nod to their romantic and family lives.

What does Michael Page bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Michael Page is an excellent narrator and performer. He gives depth to the characters, I've enjoyed his narration of all the Max Tudor series, and Elizabeth Edmonson's final three books. It has been a pleasure to find him narrating the Inspector Lavender series

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Gentle tension at times, and occasional laughter.

Any additional comments?

Karen Charlton is an excellent writer, it is a great pleasure to find her books being read by some one as skillful as Michael Page.

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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.

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The sans pareil mystery

Another very good read. Anyone who likes detective stories that are not dark and depressiing would love the lavender books. These stories are very well put together and the characters are very real.

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Gripping story populated by interesting characters

This is the third book I've listened to in the inspector Lavender series and won't be the last. I enjoy the emphasis on developing the characters and, in this book, was engaged in a gripping story of French spy-rings at the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Lavender and his trusty sidekick Constable Woods are sympathetic characters around whose lives the stories are told.

The narrator does a great job creating all the different accents and portraying convincing female voices.

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love this series.Riveting

What makes these books by Karen so good are the characters and interesting plot.You really feel like you are there in that time and it's interesting from a historical point of view.The narrater is one of the best and brings out the humour in the book by his ability to be several different characters.

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Splendid work riveting story line

One again a wonderful book, twists it's way through London's theater world and Spanish French spy ring. The reading is superb and the charters a e brought to life.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable Story Set in Georgian London

Easy listening, believable, likeable main characters, good plot. Immersed myself in Georgian London. Well researched.

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Amazing

Even better than the first one! Can not wait to listen to the nexted one.

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Good and fast paced

An enjoyable story with interesting characters based at the time of Bonaparte's rampage across Europe, the book gives a bit of insight of what it was like to live at that time. If you like mystery and history, you will probably enjoy this book.

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Excellent

Just fallen in love with the main characters this is the 2 nd in series and I read both books in 4 days seriously good fun brilliant plots

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  • MidwestGeek
  • 29-12-15

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.

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  • picard
  • 01-06-19

return to 1810 London

very atmospheric with good characterization. good plot development with many surprises. getting the next one now

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  • Kaejae
  • 01-02-16

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!

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  • Wildrose Rhedd
  • 12-11-15

Excellent narrator! mediocre material

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

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  • Wayne
  • 23-04-16

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.

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  • Camellia
  • 04-05-20

Sans pareil

I enjoy this series because of my love for period drama and a good detective story.

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  • John S.
  • 15-04-20

Terrific find!

Started the series with this one, and looking forward to the rest! Some reviewers have disliked Lavender and Magdelena's romantic subplot, and while I'm not generally a fan of that, I found her an incredibly likeable character. Excellent audio narration adds to the enjoyment.

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  • grey
  • 25-01-20

Narrator and story are great!

I read book 1 and really enjoyed the mystery, but I wasn’t all that fond of Magdelana and hoped that she’d disappear in book 2. I guess she is growing on me but I am still not so sure I like her. Still, the mystery in book 2 was satisfying enough that I am going to try book 3.

I actually like Wood more than Detective Lavender.


Narrator was great!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-11-19

Great story!!

Loved it!! Fantastically written and excecuted plot. Loved the romance between Lavender and Magdelena! Great character developement!

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  • High Altitude Gardener
  • 01-11-19

Enjoyable!

I read the first Lavender book and wasn’t sure I would read another but I’m glad I did. The Sans Pareil Mystery was quite good and better than book no. 1. I consider myself an aficionado of period British mysteries and I recommend it for a light but still interesting story with a satisfying ending.