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Death in the Dark Walk (John Rawlings #1)

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Having just finished his apprenticeship, apothecary John Rawlings is celebrating in Vaux Hall Gardens when he trips over the body of a young girl. Hauled before the magistrate as the prime suspect, Rawlings clears his own name and so impresses the magistrate John Fielding that he is asked instead to investigate the crime. From gaming hell to fashion house, Rawlings follows ...more
ebook, 180 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Severn House Digital (first published November 17th 1994)
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LJ
DEATH IN THE DARK WALK (Mystery-John Rawlings-England-Georgian) – VG
Lake, Deryn – 1st in series
Hodder & Stoughton, 1994, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0450607011

First Sentence: It being such a delicate night, all stars and moon and silk soft breeze, John Rawlings, well satisfied with the day’s events and having kissed his father goodnight, stepped forth from number two Nassau Street, so named in honour of the marriage of the Princess Royal to the Prince of Orange-Nassau, and hailed a chair to take hi
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Mary
Einer der besten historischen Krimis, die ich seit langem gelesen haben. Durchweg sympathische Charaktere und spannend bis zum Schluss. Leider wurden die weiteren Buecher der Serie nicht ins Deutsche übersetzt, daher werde ich nun wohl auf die englische Version umsteigen.
Sara G
I read this book for the Disney Prince Hopefuls challenge. John Rolfe: Read a book about a character named John, a character who is very handsome, or a character who acts as a diplomat between people. Or read a book where the hero must help the heroine change her appearance or behavior.

This was a really fun historical mystery, set in a time period in which we don't see a lot of novels - George II's reign in England. Our protagonist just finished his apprenticeship as an apothecary, went to Vauxh
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Sharon
Jan 17, 2009 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the idea that the characters in this book are actually real historical characters. I really enjoyed doing some outside research about them. An interesting "character" who was just mentioned was Sir Thomas de Veil. Anyone who knows of books involving this person, I would be very interested in the titles. I would recommend this book particularly the Georgian time period. Having just finished COMPLAINT OF THE DOVE, which is also set during this period, I especially appreciated the his ...more
Sherry
Dec 09, 2010 Sherry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Death in the Dark Walk takes place in London during the days John Fielding was running the Bow Street Runners. Those who enjoyed Bruce Alexander's series featuring John Fielding will also enjoy this series.

A young man who is celebrating completion of his apprenticeship at Vaux Hall Gardens is the first to arrive at the side of a murder victim. He is suspected of the murder and is taken to Bow Street, where he is interviewed by John Fielding, who is convinced he is not guilty. Fielding is so impr
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Michael Brown
Read this earlier, set it down and then covered it with some other stuff so forgot to list. Set in Georgian England John Rawlings is a gentlemen with various talents that are called upon to assist the authorities where the regular ones are not having any luck. London has no formal police force and particularly in cases dealing with the upper crust of society and the royals, matters need special attention. This series has been out of print for years and as book one was a nice presentation I hope ...more
Angie
Nov 27, 2014 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A light romp through Georgian London with an apothecary sleuth, the first in a series. John Rawlings helps The Blind Beak, the magistrate and founder of The Beak Runners, to be renamed The Bow Street Runners in due course, to find the murderer of a prostitute. Set in the grounds of the Vaux Hall Gardens, South London as well as central London. Light and easy.
Linda
Nov 04, 2015 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series I have read, the first being much farther into the story. I liked the first one I read very much so decided to start at the beginning. The writing about the Georgian era is very interesting and delightful! I will continue.
Dana
Feb 26, 2016 Dana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
British whodunnit - first in the series - now available stateside
Fran Lachance
first in a series by a new author to me. Good writing and exceptional narrative of 18th century England, which I love.
Hazel Locke
Sep 15, 2010 Hazel Locke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoyed this .good characters and historical detail.
Jo Mclennan
Georgian murder mystery, the first in a series featuring John Rawlings, Apothecary.
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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.

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