Saturday 15 December 2018
The Duke's Agent (F.R. Jarrett Mystery #1) by Rebecca Jenkins
An ex-soldier turns detective in this thrilling Regency read!
A threatening presence is stalking a provincial Northern town…
Frederick Raif Jarrett has returned from battle and is seeking a quiet life as agent to the Duke of Penrith.
So when he is sent to the Durham town of Woolbridge to settle the affairs of one of the Duke's tenants following his sudden death, the dangers of the Yorkshire countryside could not be more unexpected.
Jarrett begins to uncover a network of crime and corruption but is thwarted at every turn by the town's powerful and much-feared magistrate, Mr. Justice Raistrick.
When a young woman dies in tragic and mysterious circumstances, Jarrett is accused of her murder and has to fight for his life as he desperately seeks to uncover the truth.
Is there a serial killer on the loose? Can Jarrett solve the case in time to clear his name?
And what about the whispering rumours of the sinister figure calling himself The Tallyman…?
This edition published 2018 (First published 1997)
THE DUKE’S AGENT is the first book in the Raif Jarrett Regency Mystery series: historical murder mysteries with a traditional British detective embarking on a private investigation in nineteenth-century England.
I found it quite difficult to get into this book and for the first 30% I found it slow and difficult to follow. There were so many side characters I couldn't figure out who the main ones were except for Raif, the Duke's Agent. The narrative jumped from person to person but the story didn't really go anywhere.
However, the more I read and as the story developed half way through I found it much more enjoyable. I liked Raif and Miss Lonsdale.
It feels like much of the groundwork has been laid in book one so hopefully the second book won't be such hard work to get through. I liked this one just enough to give it a try.
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