Summary

Eager to escape London following the scandal of her husband's death, Lady Fieldhurst accepts an invitation to spend the summer in rural Yorkshire as the guest of Sir Gerald and Lady Hollingshead. She soon discovers, however, that country life is not the panacea she had hoped for. Tension reigns and tempers flare at Hollingshead Place, due in large part to Lady Hollingshead's ambitions for her daughter, a lovely young lady destined for a brilliant marriage in spite of her love for a penniless curate. When a dinner party ends with the death of the vicar - a kindly old soul whose only sin appears to be the authorship of a dull local history - Lady Fieldhurst suspects foul play and sends for Bow Street Runner John Pickett, with one stipulation: since she is a guest in the house, Picket must keep his connection to Bow Street a secret. Pickett obliges by presenting himself as her footman, complete with livery and powdered hair. But Pickett soon has his white-gloved hands full sifting through old secrets, uncovering hidden passions, and dealing with a demanding housekeeper - not to mention avoiding the younger daughter of the house, a precocious 14-year-old with a school girl infatuation for the faux footman. Then there is the problem of Lady Fieldhurst herself, at once an able assistant and an all too pleasant distraction.
©2008 Sheri Cobb South (P)2017 Sheri Cobb South
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3 out of 5 stars
By Inishowen Cailin on 18-03-17

Another great addition to the series

Would you try another book written by Sheri Cobb South or narrated by Joel Froomkin?

Yes, the narrator is fantastic and the author weaves a convincing and suspenseful story.

Was A Dead Bore worth the listening time?

Yes, I love this series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Layla on 06-02-17

A great book! Would recommend!

Would you listen to A Dead Bore again? Why?

I would defiantly listen to Dead Bore again! I found John Pickett, who I love a lot, to be funny and interesting. I couldn't find anything really wrong with this book and that's saying something because I usually find something that puts my off a book. But not in this case which I must admit surprised me. I think this is to do with the main characters, who are completely different from each other, that kept me hooked to the book. I would defiantly be reading/listening to the next one in this series.

I have not read/listened to the first book in this series, so you can read it without reading book one since there is no cliff hanger, however I got the impression that the relationship between the two characters will progress a bit more during the series.

I would recommend this book to anyone who love historical fiction, mystery, a little romance with funny moments.

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Pickett the bow street runner who investigated the murder has to be my favorite character. I have not come across a character like his and I loved him! I also found him to be funny even though he is trying not to be. The are moments that made me smile and other moments where I laughed out loud.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I would give the narrator 3 1/2 stars. At the beginning I found it a bit confusing on who was saying what based on the voice impressions the narrator was doing. If there was a dialogue between two/three characters then it was perfect you can distinguish between the characters. They felt realistic enough that you get sucked into the book. This especially happened in moments between John and Lady Fieldhurst.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author

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4 out of 5 stars
By trixie on 07-02-17

A Dead Bore

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dead Bore?

This is a cozy little mystery that keep my interest from beginning to end. The almost romance between Lady Fieldhearst and John Pickett is charming .

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By korinka on 18-02-17

Delightful read

What can go wrong with a story with such a pun in the title? Nothing, I tell you!

It's a delightful mystery. And I'm not saying this because I've heard the previous two John Pickett mysteries and by now am a fan. This story is a sort of Agatha Christie big-house Poirot mystery set in Regency England. There's a satisfying slow-burn romance on top of that...and an interesting prophecy... (done from Tarot cards, which always pleases me, since I've some skill in that) The two main characters felt like my old friends since the previous novel, and now I'm the faithful companion on their fun journey full of dead bores :)

I can't stress enough how nice it is to listen to Joel Froomkin narrating, but then - don't trust me, I'm a fan! Go give him a listen and find out for yourself :)


My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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