Summary

After a modest wedding ceremony, Bow Street Runner John Pickett and his bride, Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, set out for a wedding trip to Somersetshire, where Pickett must face his greatest challenge yet: meeting his in-laws.
Sir Thaddeus and Lady Runyon are shocked at their daughter’s hasty remarriage - and appalled by her choice of a second husband. Pickett, for his part, is surprised to learn that Julia once had an elder sister: Claudia, Lady Buckleigh, disappeared 13 years earlier, leaving no trace beyond a blood-soaked shawl.
When Sir Thaddeus confides that his wife is convinced Claudia’s spirit now haunts her childhood home, Pickett sees a chance to redeem himself in the eyes of Julia’s family. He agrees to investigate and, hopefully, lay the Runyon "ghost", whoever - or whatever - it is. Matters take a grisly turn when Sir Thaddeus' groom is discovered with his throat slit.
The timing could hardly be worse, for the whole village is aflutter with the news that Lord Buckleigh has brought home a new bride just when Major James Pennington, the vicar’s son who was Claudia’s childhood sweetheart, has returned on leave from war in the Peninsula. The major was apparently the last person to see Claudia alive, and Pickett is convinced he knows more about her disappearance than he’s telling. Suddenly, it seems the distant past is not so distant, after all. It may not even be past....
©2017 Sheri Cobb South (P)2018 Sheri Cobb South
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4 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 14-06-18

Not a gentleman born but he had his own code.

When John Pickett, Bow Street runner and son of a deported convict, first travels with Julia to the West Country to be introduced to her parents as her new husband, Lord and Lady Runyan are less than overjoyed. He had been there before in his official capacity and had saved Lady Julia from the accusation of murdering her first husband. .But the audaciy of so lowly a man without wealth or lineage marrying into their aristocratic family was shaming to the couple until John not only solves the mystery of the ghostly footfalls in the house, but also unravels the murder of their groom and the disappearance, presumed death, of Julia's older sister Claudia thirteen years before.

This engaging and well crafted tale set in early nineteenth century England, highlights even more than the earlier stories the disparity between the societal levels of the time and the ease with which crime can be perpetrated without consequence by men in higher ranking circles. Easy to read and always gently humerous and charming, if somewhat predictable.
Joel Froomkin again narrated, his clear English accented voice well intoned and delivered, each character given distinctive and appropriate voicing to enhance their personalities. It was a pleasure to listen.

My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted me with a complimentary copy of For Deader or Worse, via Audiobook Boom. Although part six of a series, this book can be read as a stand alone although, obviously, the reader's familiarity with the two main protagonists, Lady Julia and John Pickett himself, deepens with each successive story. An enjoyable, undemanding historical detective story. Recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Inishowen Cailin on 02-06-18

Great series

In this instalment John gets embroiled in the mystery of Julia's sister's disappearance thirteen years earlier as well as the murder of a stable hand who worked for Julia's father.
I enjoy Julia and John very much. John Pickett is such a likeable character. He still can't believe that he is married to the woman he loves and he is very sweet in his interactions with her.
I found some of the story surrounding Claudia to be somewhat predictable but it was nevertheless a very good story. The murder mystery was more complicated and I was convinced of the guilt of one particular person before finding out I was completely wrong. It kept me guessing and listening. The narration was once again superbly done by Joel Froomkin.
I can't recommend this series enough. I am going to be very sad once it ends.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy provided by the author at my own request..

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jan M on 17-04-18

Better and Better!

I so enjoy listening to this series featuring John Pickett and his wife the former Lady Fieldhurst. Each adventure is a standalone book with the same endearing characters and some new ones added in. This particular book features Julia's sister, whom has been missing for 13 years. I love how Sheri Cobb South weaves the mystery and brings to light some issues that plagued the time frame of the book. Julia's mother in the story was more concerned with being a paragon of society instead of nurturing her family. I wanted to strangle the lady. Joel Froomkin did such a wonderful performance with his variety of characters and their distinguishable voices. His British accent adds to the vivid imagery and authenticity of the story. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. The bonus short story at the end of this book was a fun addition. Kudos to the author for including it. I love the additional insights into John Pickett's character.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 11-03-18

A VERY ENJOYABLE PRESENTATION AND STORY

The entire series is a delightful British Romantic Detective tale of a Bowstreet Runner who is afflicted with love for a woman in his first investigation. I can only hope Ms. South allows further novels to be enacted.

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