The Price of Murder

The Price of Murder

Book - 2003
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Blind eighteenth-century London judge Sir John Fielding returns in the tenth novel of Bruce Alexander's critically acclaimed mystery series. In The Price of Murder, Sir John and Jeremy are drawn deep into the notorious Seven Dials section of London, where they must contend with the most sordid inclinations of both the working class and the aristocracy. When the body of a young girl is pulled from the Thames, Sir John and Jeremy begin to investigate; but the girl's mother is nowhere to be found, until Jeremy's search for clues leads him to the racetrack. There, he discovers just how dangerous the high-stakes battle is that he has gotten himself into-and, when an acquaintance of his own suddenly disappears, just how terribly steep the odds.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, 2003
ISBN: 9780399150784
Characteristics: 257 pages ; 24 cm


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May 12, 2015

A horse whispering jockey and the world of horse racing, child abuse, and Mr. Marsden's death as well as Clarissa's continuing strategies to marry Jeremy make up the basic plot lines of this addition to the Sir John Fielding mysteries. Sir John leaves more of the investigating to Jeremy and Mr. Marsden's declining health means Jeremy is also taking up the tasks of Sir John's clerk. Jeremy shows several times that he is developing the skills needed to be a good lawyer. As with most of these mysteries, the details are somewhat gross, but necessary to understanding the solution and the just desserts meted out to the criminals. Altogether an engrossing and complex mystery and a furthering of the characters in the series. I was loath to put it down to do other things in life.

May 30, 2011

Too much detail on how a small girl was murdered. The first book in this series that I did not read.


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