Jack, Knave and Fool
Although some of the books in this series have had to be purchased from across the Atlantic they are well worth it. This is the fifth in the set and 'The Blind Beak' is as on the ball as ever and 'young' Jeremy has started on his tentative steps towards a career in the law.
This story isnt so much a who-dun-it but a how-did-they-do-it.
On a recent visit to London we decided to hunt out the main area of activity of these books. We had a look around Covent Garden and then went to seek out the magi
If only they had the scientific tools we have today, it'd be a whole lot easier to determine cause of death. How ...more
Jack, Knave and Fool, Bruce Alexander's fifth novel in the highly acclaimed Sir John Fielding series, is neither the cozy, lightweight mystery (à la Agatha Christie or Susan Wittig-Albert) nor the historical thriller that many readers might expect. It might more accurately be categorized as an atmospheric and compelling police procedural set within a graphic description of 18th century Georgian England.
Jack, Knave and Fool will treat its readers ...more
I am still charmed by the people and their lives and engaged in the mysteries presented.
Annie Oakum and Jeremy are now about sixteen years old and continue to live with Sir John and Lady Fielding, considered almost members of the family. But they each have their own roles and responsibilities. Annie as cook continues to turn out delicious meals but she is also anxious to learn to read. Jeremy continues in his role as “Man Friday” to Sir John, filling in as scribe, read ...more
In this book we're introduced to Clarissa Roundtree, who eventually becomes the narrator Jeremy's sweetheart (very eventually, its slow building as she is quite young and he considers her a somewhat frustrating but likable kid).
This one is less filled with historical tidbits than simply historical ...more
I'll admit that one of the two mysteries was a bit less gripping than it might otherwise have been, simply because I think any dedicated reader of mysteries might know a bit more about certain types of poison than your average 18th century magistrate... so there may have been a time or two ...more
It's fascinating to get an idea how brutal it was to be poor in this era and how lawless the streets could be. I constantly find that my impressions of this era and city have been formed by the rich and genteel, and they were rea ...more
Bruce Alexander – 5th in series
Sir John Fielding and his young assistant, Jeremy Proctor, face a baffling pair of deaths. A lord dies suddenly while attending a concert. A disembodied head washes up on the banks of the Thames. While investigating both, Sir John and Jeremy will learn a great deal more than they ever cared to about family, greed, deception. and the peculiar nature of homicide, high and low.
Filled with the authentic sights and sounds of the era and well de ...more
'When I asked Sir John if he had any idea of her whereabouts, he simply shrugged and said, "More than likely to the colonies. They seem to accept most of our trash." '
Sure, pace in this whole series in kind of slow and gives a calm vibe, but nonetheless, it's great work!
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
Bruce Alexander Cook (1932–2003) was an American journalist and author who wrote under the pseudonym Bruce Alexander, creating historical novels about a blind 18th century Englishman and also a 20th century Mexican-American detective. ...more