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Death at St. James's Palace (John Rawlings #8)

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  76 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Set in 1761 at the scene of the investiture of John Fielding, a blind but famous magistrate, this novel begins with the death of a nobleman in St James's Palace. Apothecary John Rawlings is intrigued and begins to see the case as a possible murder.
Paperback, 326 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Allison & Busby (first published 2002)
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Margaret Sankey
Nov 11, 2015 Margaret Sankey rated it liked it
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did--it is squarely in my time period, with blind judge Sir John Fielding and his (fictional) colleague the apothecary/detective main character, and the murder is motivated by thoroughly 18th century things. The writing is just....clunky, with a lot of telling rather than showing, and as this is a series, a lot of unnecessary catching up and reintroduction of characters and events from previous books.
Alison C
Mar 09, 2015 Alison C rated it it was ok
New to me is Deryn Lake's series featuring John Rowling, Apothecary and sometime assistant to John Fielding, the famous (real) blind English magistrate who put together the Bow Street Runners, precursors to modern police forces, in 18th Century London. Turns out this is a very long-running series indeed; Death at St. James's Palace, from 2002, is the twelfth or thirteenth in the series apparently, and there have been several more entries since then. In it, John Fielding is given a knighthood, bu ...more
What I liked about this book is that the mystery was indeed difficult to guess at; the characters were well-drawn; that the replication of how life was lived in the mid-1600's London was quite accurate and well-described. Though this was my first John Rawlings mystery, I found it easy to see how the characters interrelated with one another. Though written in the 3d person, the point of view is that of John Rawlings; as a result one can follow the machinations of his mind. I think he will be a re ...more
Bernadette Long
Nov 25, 2015 Bernadette Long rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of the book from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book by this author that I've read and I was able to follow the unfolding of the mystery and investigation in a logical manner. There were very few clues but John Rawlings, the Apothecary, and the Blind Beak, Sir John Fielding, persisted in their investigation until the death and murder of George Goward was solved.
It was not an easy matter to solve, because Goward had offended many p
Margaret Pinard
What can you say of a book that has Murder at St. James' Palace in its title, but takes over a hundred pages for the murder to happen?
Language tics were more in evidence reading it in French, and I fancy I found errors--prepositions, plurals--that also annoyed.
A bit fussy about the process of detection, but I persevered to see the whodunit. Two parts of the ending resonated (spoiler: the culprit and the refusing to publicize his discovery), but many of the other elements were left feeling silly
Eileen Hall
Oct 30, 2015 Eileen Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in Georgian London, this is a gripping story about a blind magistrate - John Fielding and his Apothecary friend John Rawlings.
They are investigating a mysterious death at the Palace during Fielding's knighthood investiture.
I have not come across this series before and look forward to reading more.
I was given a digital copy of this novel by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.
Leyla Johnson
Oct 25, 2015 Leyla Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read a few these books featuring the "Blind Beak" and I have enjoyed all of them. This book is no exception and it is a very interesting mystery. As with all the books, they are an indication of the culture and the rules of the times. The mystery is one that has lots of twists and turns that drives the story along at a fast pace. I recommend this book to anyone like historical crime stories in the type of Anne Perry.
Jun 03, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it really liked it
This has been an interesting series, set in a slightly different time frame from much of the other historical crime fiction about at present. The characters have developed well and maintain the reader's interest
Nancy  K.
May 06, 2008 Nancy K. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
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London,1761, a death, a mystery, great background re:life in London...a good read.
Allen Elggren
Apr 26, 2010 Allen Elggren rated it did not like it
Yuk. Mystery with a touch of historicity and passion. Yuk, again I say, yuk.
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Deryn Lake is a well-known historical novelist who joined the popular ranks of historical detective writers with her gripping John Rawlings Mysteries, Death in the Dark Walk, Death at the Devil's Tavern, Death on the Romney Marsh, Death in the Peerless Pool and Death at Apothecaries' Hall.

Deryn also writes popular historical romances including the acclaimed The King's Women, Sutton Place and Pour
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