The Price of Murder (Sir John Fielding Series #10)

The Price of Murder (Sir John Fielding Series #10)

by Bruce Alexander

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Overview

Experience the dangerous intrigue of Georgian England in this novel in Bruce Alexander's acclaimed historical mystery series featuring Sir John Fielding.

When the body of a young girl is pulled from the Thames, blind magistrate Sir John Fielding’s investigation leads his protégé, Jeremy Proctor, into the notorious Seven Dials section of London. There the sordid inclinations of both the working class and aristocracy may be found—and there, Jeremy learns that the girl’s mother has disappeared near the racetrack. As he delves further into the mystery, he will begin to realize just how high the stakes are, and—when an acquaintance of his own suddenly vanishes—just how terribly steep the odds really are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425198070
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Series: Sir John Fielding Series , #10
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 295,808
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Bruce Alexander is the pseudonym for a well-known journalist and author of fiction and nonfiction. He was the author of the Sir John Fielding historical mysteries, including Murder in Grub Street, which was named a notable book by the New York Times Book Review in 1995.

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Price of Murder (Sir John Fielding Series #10) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
A young child, no bigger than eight, is fished out of the Thames River in London of 1774. When Sir John Fielding of 4 Bow Street, the magistrates of London and Winchester hears of this, he sends his protégée Jeremy Proctor to investigate. A month ago Alice Plummer reported her daughter was stolen and Sir John thinks that the child in the water was Margaret Plummer. When Jeremy arrives on the docks, he learns that the child was naked and there is evidence of sexual intercourse.

The autopsy reveals that the child was indeed brutally molested and smothered to death. When Jeremy tries to find the mother, a neighbor says that she disappeared with a large sum of money after giving her child to a man that said he would place her with wealthy parents who couldn¿t have a child. When Jeremy and Alice¿s brother Deuteronomy, a famous jockey, manage to locate Alice in Newmarket she is honestly horrified to find out what happened to her child. She manages to give the authorities the slip and take justice into her own hands but Sir John and Jeremy are determined to find the man who actually killed the child and bring him to justice.

Historical mysteries don¿t get better than THE PRICE OF MURDER. The story is told in the first person narrative from Jeremy¿s perspective years after the events of this novel have taken place. His asides to the audience are thoroughly entertaining and make the readers feel as if they are part of the tale. Depending on how one feels about animals, justice was not meted out totally by a human agent.

Harriet Klausner

bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
And here we are, at the 10th installment in this series, which, imho, is the weakest one yet. The premise started out well...a young child is found dead in the Thames; the mother who had reported her missing has left London, but a neighbor is found with information on the little girl's disappearance, leading Sir John & Jeremy to believe the child was sold before she ended up dead. Along comes the uncle of the little girl and Jeremy is off in search of clues to the mystery.As I said, it sounds like a good beginning, but that's the best part of the story. First, the author practically gives away one of the answers to the mystery at the outset (I won't say how, but trust me, if you are used to reading mysteries, this one was easy). Second, there's so much personal stuff going on here between Clarissa and Jeremy that I totally lost a lot of interest. I know, not everyone dislikes this story line, but I cannot stand Clarissa as a character and I just wanted the mystery storyline to roll on. Third, and most importantly, there's no build up to who the murderer may be, so that when you find out, it's like "so what?" I have one more to go in this series and I'm hoping that the last installment will be much better. I hate to mark a book so low, but really, this one was just not up to the author's usually okay standard.I'm sure many people will disagree with me, but I call 'em as I see 'em.
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