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Death at St. James's Palace by Deryn Lake
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Death at St. James's Palace

by Deryn Lake

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Set in Georgian London, this is a gripping story about a blind magistrate - John Fielding and his Apothecary friend John Rawlings.
They are investigating a mysterious death at the Palace during Fielding's knighthood investiture.
I have not come across this series before and look forward to reading more.
I was given a digital copy of this novel by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review. ( )
  Welsh_eileen2 | Jan 23, 2016 |
New to me is Deryn Lake's series featuring John Rowling, Apothecary and sometime assistant to John Fielding, the famous (real) blind English magistrate who put together the Bow Street Runner, precursors to modern police forces, in 18th Century London. Turns out this is a very long-running series indeed; Death at St. James's Palace, from 2002, is the twelfth or thirteenth in the series apparently, and there have been several more entries since then. In it, John Fielding is given a knighthood, but during the investiture ceremony, another man who's also being knighted appears to trip on the staircase at St. James's Palace and falls to his death. An unfortunate accident, or was it? Fielding thinks he heard something that might suggest a more sinister turn of events, and Rowling soon finds that all of the individuals near to the unfortunate man at the time have very good reasons to want him dead. It's up to Rowling and his friends to search out the truth, in the process uncovering more about the lives of "privileged" children than they might have wished to know....This was quite good, with nicely done attention to Georgian detail, and I didn't feel that I missed out by not having read the previous dozen books or so. That's too many for me to search out and start from the very beginning, but I'll certainly pick up more of Lake's series if I stumble across them. Recommended! ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0749006463, Paperback)

Death at St James's Palace is the eighth novel the highly acclaimed Georgian mystery series featuring sleuthing apothecary, John Rawlings. In 1761, famous magistrate John Fielding is to be honoured with a knighthood. Founder of the Runners, London's metropolitan police force, John Fielding is one of several important members of the community who gather at St James's Palace for the investiture. As the invited audience eagerly crane for a first glimpse of the new queen, a terrible accident occurs when one of the crowd tumbles down the great staircase to his death. But not one person saw him begin to fall; even those standing closest to him had their eyes fixed on the royal entrance. Only one person witnessed anything untoward - John Fielding, a blindman. A whispered sentence, an exhalation of breath - these are the only clues available to suggest the fall was no accident. Apothecary John Rawlings, accompanying his friend Fielding to the ceremony, sets out to investigate and is soon drawn into a very intriguing mystery, in which suspicious characters abound.

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1761, London. The famous magistrate John Fielding is to be honoured with a knighthood by the new queen at St James's Palace. As the invited audience eagerly crane for a first glimpse of the queen, nobleman George Goward tumbles down the great staircase to his death. Of all those assembled, only Fielding, a blind man, suspects the fall to be more than an accident. He has only few clues to offer to his friend Apothecary John Rawlings who sets out to investigate the untimely death.… (more)

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