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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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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

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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.

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  • Leo
  • United Kingdom
  • 03-01-19

an enjoyable listen

intriguing story that jogs along very nicely. I enjoyed this book more than the previous two

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Murder??

Another good inspector Lavender mystery
Well worth listening to fast paced and we'll put together
Tale, very well read

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Enjoyable old fashioned detective story

This is the fourth novel in the series I've listened to and, like the others, found it an intriguing and well-plotted story. Well-rounded characters, especially Inspector Lavender and his side-kick Ned Woods. The postscript to the book tells how the story has some basis in fact, but has been embellished by the author to make the outcome neater.

The narrator is very good.

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Authentic story, well written

Loved the Inspector Lavender series when I read them. So well Narrated, will get the rest.

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Wonderful story and performance<br />

fantastic story with subplots to keep you guessing. based in truth too! keep writing old chap

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Love these books

The author has produced a selection of well written books that has kept me on the edge of my seat and made me laugh. The narrator has complimented her writing perfectly. Really bringing the characters to life. But if you’ve come to this book first I would advise you read book 1 so that you can really get to know the main characters and their lives.

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Another enjoyable and well researched novel

Liked that some characters were based upon real people, with a bit of artistic licence.

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extremely good <br />

well worth listening to especially for this price.. I've gladly bought the whole series and really enjoyed them equally as much.

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  • Through a Golden Eye
  • 11-09-16

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.

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  • Terri A.
  • 05-09-16

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.

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  • Rae
  • 14-09-16

"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?

No

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.

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  • sslarigo
  • 26-11-16

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.

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  • L. E. Weyts
  • 07-11-16

Loved it!

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

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  • Shannon Applegate
  • 30-10-16

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!

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  • girlofgrace
  • 11-10-16

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.

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  • RavidReader
  • 05-09-16

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.

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  • Lisa Freeman
  • 11-11-18

Detective Lavender!

Another great Detective Lavendar story! Can't wait for my next credit to hear the next one. Be sure to start with the first book. You won't regret it. Great listen.#Tagsgiving#Sweepstakes

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  • MidwestLady
  • 18-09-18

Excellent entry in an interesting series!

Fast paced because the book is both interesting and well written. Adult series. Lacks graphic sex scenes. Now sex scenes are fine and dandy but when they pop up out of nowhere and no other topic is handled in such intimate detail....well, interesting yes because sex is interesting, but really? It does not fit into the storyline. It was added for some commercial reason and it just doesn't fit in well. These are police procedurals, detective mystery stories and really good stories overall. They have a bit of historical thrown in so you learn something. The characters are real people with pasts, a few flaws, and the desire to do things as well as they are capable of doing. I found myself caring for the plot and the people in it. Overall, I have enjoyed the heck out of this series, and have read each one as they come out. These are interesting, well-paced, fun in places and profound in others, overall a darn good series. Btw, I have over 1,000 in my audible library and before audible came out, I haunted our library, so I read a bit, across all genres and am old enough to have read a few boring books so when I read a good one, I know the difference. Recommend.