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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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  • MidwestGeek
  • 2015-12-29

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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  • Kaejae
  • 2016-02-01

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
  • 2015-11-12

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
  • 2016-04-23

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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  • Gaily Utzinger
  • 2019-05-25

Detective Lavender

I have read a couple of Detective Lavender books and they are always a fun mystery with good characters and plot development

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  • Jojo Rocklin
  • 2019-05-04

Did not disappoint.

I thoroughly enjoyed dDetective Lavender and his Sergeant Woods. The scenes created by the author were well done without drowning me in minute detail.

The characters believable and in keeping with the thought of the time. I particularly enjoyed how the women were shown to be intellegent and capable to ensure their own care and support in ways that circumvented traditional while still maintaining society's grey lines of acceptability. showing women of intelligence during a time when women became their husbands property.

Good plot and it kept me interested throughout.

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  • Rebecca C.
  • 2019-04-08

Great storyline and narrator

This is another great book in her Detective Lavender series. Lots of twists and turns and wonderful historical data as well. The narrator is most excellent! It’s amazing how he can change his voice so many times and so well! It makes the books very enjoyable to listen to! Keep up the good work!

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  • sarah brunnig
  • 2019-02-14

very enjoyable

This is the second of the stories about Detective Stephen Lavender and Constable Woods, and I have enjoyed both thoroughly. The narrator does a perfect job making the story come alive. So many distinct voices.

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  • Wendy McIntosh
  • 2019-01-24

Great Author

I love Karen Charlton. Her writing is so vivid and compelling. I totally enjoyed all her books on detective Lavender.

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  • Debbie
  • 2019-01-02

Intrigue, Drama and London's Underbelly

Led by a street urchin, Detective Lavender, Constable Woods and his team arrive to a dilapidated, abandoned building where they hear the cries of a baby. Search as they may, they cannot locate the infant, but every time they are about to leave, the tot begins to wail again. Interestingly, Lavender is able to unravel the mystery. Yet a neighbor woman still insists there is a body in the building. The listener is taken back to early 1800s London, in this tale of death and intrigue, with excellent descriptions of time and place. The cobblestone streets, with horse drawn carriages, reeked of steaming freshly dropped dung, and whores hung out of windows hawking their wares. When the coppers, do indeed find a decomposing body of a beautiful young woman beneath the floor boards, Detective Lavender is on the move, determining just how she ended up there . . . and why. The story is set at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, and filled with Spanish refugees, both Spanish and French spies. The dead young woman turns out to be a much admired actress at the Sans Pareil Theatre, who was first kidnapped, before being placed in the abandoned building. As Stephen Lavender and Ned Woods try to determine the motive behind the kidnapping, we get a glimpse into the world of the theatre, London’s high society and their view of others. One Spanish refugee, Dona Magdalena has caught Detective Lavender’s eye, much to the distain of his boss, Magistrate James Read, who repeatedly warns Lavender to distance himself from Magdalena. Involving himself with a Papist will ruin his career, according to Magistrate Read. Indeed, Catholics were not accepted in England in the 1800s. Happily, Stephen Lavender had a mind of his own. All in all, this is an excellent listen. I will be listening to more in the series.