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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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  • picard
  • 2019-06-01

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
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-11-21

Great for those who love Sherlock Holmes

I absolutely love anything Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed the Ripper Street TV series. This series with detective Lavender has all the charm and mystery of 18th century London. Can’t wait to listen to the rest of this series!

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  • joseph strickland
  • 2020-09-12

Very, very entertaining story

The narrator makes this story. He is one of my favorites. Looking forward to book 3.

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  • Camellia
  • 2020-05-04

Sans pareil

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

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  • John S.
  • 2020-04-15

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
  • 2020-01-25

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!