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The Emperor's Assassin (Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner #2)

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For twenty years, England and France have been at war. Now the war has come home…

On a sunny July day in 1815, Plymouth Sound is crowded with boats vying for a view of England’s great battleship HMS Bellerophon. For aboard the vessel is the stout little Frenchman who threw the world into chaos. In London, some people clamor for Napoleon’s execution, others for his exile, an
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Mass Market Paperback, 321 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by Dell
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Jeffrey
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Another fine historical mystery from the author tandem writing as T.F. Banks. See my review of The Thief Taker, which is the first book in this series. It's too bad there aren't more in this series.
Dianne Durante
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I've been reading a lot on Napoleon recently, and thought this murder mystery would be interesting because it's set *after* Waterloo. While I liked the lead character (an early Bow Street Runner), the motivations of the bad guys were just too confusing, perhaps because their characters weren't developed well enough. Even with the final wrap-up, I wasn't satisfied about who did what when where why. I can't recommend this particular book, although I might try others by this author.
Mike
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nicely paced. Authentic feel to the time and period.
LJ
For twenty years, England and France have been at war. Now the war has come home…

On a sunny July day in 1815, Plymouth Sound is crowded with boats vying for a view of England’s great battleship HMS Bellerophon. For aboard the vessel is the stout little Frenchman who threw the world into chaos. In London, some people clamor for Napoleon’s execution, others for his exile, and still others for a civil trial on English soil. For one humble London detective, the debate has turned deadly. Bow Street R
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Barb
I enjoyed the second installment of 'Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner' The Emperor's Assassin, featuring our heroic and charismatic Henry Morton but this story left me feeling like I barely saw Morton...

He was so busy with the tangled web of plots and spies and deceit and murder we hardly heard about his love life and his upbringing.

This time the 'Runner' is investigating the murder of a beautiful Frenchwoman who also happens to be the mistress of a count.

In Plymouth Sound the English Navy has Na
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Ronni B. Wolfe
2nd book in an enjoyable new Bow Street Runners/ Regency time period series

Found 2nd book, then pulled up 1st to read in sequence. Interesting characters & developing connections between the classes. Lead characters include a Runner & new colleague, an older Runner, amagistrate, celebrated actress & a British lord. More hopefully regular characters to be added from those introduced in the 2nd book.
Vic
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
T.F. Banks = Sean Russell, one of my old time favorite writers. I am sorry to say I found this story unable to hold my attention or create any sense of excitement. It is a marvelous period piece and I that alone was enough to get me interested. That and the fact I enjoyed the first Bow Street Runner novel, The Thief-Taker.
Judie
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
I loved this book up until page 200 and then it became a series of coach chases - I skipped a lot of pages and did read the end - which does contain a good twist - it was simply too long. I felt the authors were writing for a movie rather for readers. I did enjoy the book, but it wasn't as good as the first in this series.
Spitz
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, historical
This series appears to have ended with only two installments. My disappointment is mitigated by finding that the author has more books of a sea-faring nature under the name Sean Russell from the same time period (Napoleonic Wars).
Dianne
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
I had a harder time getting into this one than the first book. Although, once I was interested at the end, I was surprised that there were no more books in the series. It seems that it was set up to continue several character lines -- but I guess not.
Stephanie
Sep 03, 2007 rated it it was ok
I was really disappointed in this book, especially since the premise (assassination of Napoleon on a ship off the coast of England) was so good, but YAWN, I was bored silly. Too bad, since I really loved 'The Thief Taker', the first book in the "series".
Mary G.
Aug 02, 2010 rated it liked it
A wonderful story. Wish he wrote more.
Janet
May 07, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Big on doses of political theory, short on plot. I’m sure there are people out there who are fascinated by Napolean-era political maneuverings of Royalists and Bonapartistes, but I’m not one of them.
Sherelyn Ernst
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well-paced, interesting characters and period details; well-told but not literary. This is a good "relief" read if you need to break up something heavier.
Kim
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011booksread
Not really a mystery that grabbed me, although the setting and characters are well done. I think the first in the series was better written.
Georgia Lengyel
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, favorites
Thoroughly good book. Really enjoyed it, but where is the next story?
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Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it


I liked the first book better but it was powerful. I am sorry there won't be more of these though.
Jane Glen
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, this is only the second of a series and apparently, there are no more. Too bad, because this is a well-constructed 1800's mystery. I love the historical element.
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