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Ottakar's Book of the Month, August 2003 1761, London. The famous magistrate John Fielding is to be honoured with a knighthood. He 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 - widely rumoured to be the ugliest the country has ever seen - a terrible accident occurs, nobleman George Goward tumbles down the great staircase to his death. Of all those assembled, not one person saw him begin to fall. Even those standing closest had their eyes fixed on the royal entrance. Only one person witnessed anything untoward - John Fielding, a blind man. 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. "The Queen of the Georgian historical mystery" THE TIMES
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Deryn Lake is the pseudonym of a well-known historical novelist who joined the popular ranks of historical detective writers with her gripping John Rawlings Mysteries. Deryn Lake lives near Hastings, East Sussex.From AudioFile:
John Fielding, a great blind magistrate in the English court in 1761, becomes embroiled in an investigation of murder, along with his dear friend John Rawlings, an apothecary. Fielding and his acquaintance George Goward have been knighted, but Goward falls down the stairs and dies just after the ceremony. As it turns out, every suspect has a motive to kill Goward. Michael Tudor Barnes reads this slowly evolving mystery, bringing the characters to life while they travel back and forth from London to Kensington to Islington by horse-drawn carriage. Rawlings and Fielding work out the details and uncover deeply held secrets while Barnes brings the time period and professional British class to the fore. M.B.K. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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