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In Milady's Chamber

(John Pickett Mysteries #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  726 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Estranged from her husband through her failure to produce an heir, Lady Fieldhurst resolves to repay his neglect by taking a lover. Fate takes a hand when she and her paramour enter her bedroom and find Lord Fieldhurst lying on the floor--with her nail scissors protruding from his neck.

Idealistic young Bow Street Runner John Pickett has spent most of his brief
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published April 30th 2006 by Five Star (ME) (first published January 2nd 2006)
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Reader Milady's Chamber is about ten years after Pickpocket Apprentice. IMHO each can be read on its own but boy oh boy, they are such enjoyable reads that…moreMilady's Chamber is about ten years after Pickpocket Apprentice. IMHO each can be read on its own but boy oh boy, they are such enjoyable reads that you will want to read them in order. Enjoy!(less)

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I've given this a B for narration and a B- for content at AudioGals, so that's nearer to 4 stars than 3.

Sheri Cobb South’s The Weaver Takes a Wife is one of my favourite traditional Regencies, and while I know it’s available in audio, I didn’t like the narrator based on the sample available at Audible, so chose not to listen further. But when the first of the author’s John Pickett Mysteries, In Milady’s Chamber (using a different narrator) came up for review, I decided to give it a go; I enjo
I liked this more than A Dead Bore, which I had picked up out of order. Pickett is a more-likeable character in this, and I do believe I might have liked *Bore* better if I'd read this first. Worth reading, if you've run out of Georgette Heyer....
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Pamela Shropshire
Ooh, a fun, new historical detective series!!! In this installment, the newbie Bow Street Runner, John Pickett gets called to investigate a murder in Mayfair, in one of the big houses on Berkeley Square. Viscount Fieldhurst has been murdered with his wife’s nail scissors. Of course, Lady Fieldhurst is the most likely suspect, but Pickett is convinced she is innocent. Mr. Colquhoun, the magistrate, thinks Pickett’s belief in her innocence is a result of his obvious infatuation, but he allows Pick ...more
Kathleen Schilling
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having read several reviews of the latest installments of this series, it got me intrigued enough to pick up book 1. I found it very enjoyable, the characters are a bit different that your typical mystery. While, John is a Bow Street Runner, he still has some naiveté that I find a bit refreshing. Julia is a bit more jaded. I am interested in seeing how they grow together. I am looking forward to book 2.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
"In Milady's Chamber" is the first book in the John Pickett Mysteries. Now it's ten years after "Pickpocket's Apprentice" and the protagonist is now a 24 year old Bow Street runner and he has been called to a crime scene of Lady Julia Fieldhurst's home and is thrust into a major murder investigation. John is immediately smitten with the beautiful Lady Julia, whose husband has been found murdered in her bedroom and Julia is standing over the body with her would-be lover. John is very young as an ...more
J.J. Rusz
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stodgy manners and formal dialogue I encountered in the first chapter of “In Mylady’s Chamber” almost made me quit this Regency-era mystery by Sheri Cobb South. But I’m glad I didn’t.

This tale is engaging and well-written, populated by memorable characters—even the minor ones. We’re made to feel equal sympathy for Lady Fieldhurst, a beautiful woman suspected of stabbing her powerful husband (a Viscount), and John Pickett, a 24-year-old rookie officer charged with investigating the puzzling
Having read (listened to) the prequel, "Pickpocket's Apprentice", I was curious to follow up with book #1 now that John Pickett has become a bow street runner. The narrator, Joel Froomkin does a great job and I really enjoyed this light, regency era mystery. Nothing too gory or frightening here...just an opportunity to get to know young, handsome and clever John Pickett a little bit better and try to solve the mystery along with him. I will be sure to try to follow this up with the second John P ...more
Having started this series on a later book, I have to tell you that while I really enjoyed this one they just keep getting better! John Pickett is rather young for a Bow Street Runner but is a great investigator who looks past the obvious even though he is totally blindsided by the lovely widow. The characters certainly are and the plot is full of twists and red herrings, but there is no need for spoilers. Just enjoy!
Pauline Ross
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was great fun. It’s very much an Agatha Christie style murder mystery (in the bedchamber with the nail scissors…). The sleuth isn’t exactly an amateur (he’s a Bow Street Runner, a forerunner of the police), but techniques were so under-developed in those days that he might as well be one.

Here’s the premise: Lady Fieldhurst is a failure. Having been married to her viscount husband for six years, she’s failed at the one thing expected of her - the production of an heir. Or an
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming, Easy Reading

I have often looked at these books, but for some reason, never bothered to buy any of them. I saw them mentioned recently, so decided to have another look. This one was free, so I had nothing to lose if it turned out to be terrible, right?

But this story is anything but terrible. It is a delightful Regency mystery with a hint of romance that may lead to something more definite in coming books.

Pickett is accidentally given this case, the mu
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great beginning for the John Pickett mysteries.
-nice to feast on a well written, well edited book for a change.

John Pickett, a Bow Street Runner trying to solve a murder but fell in love instead with the prime suspect. How the poor sod try to prove her innocent- up to the nth hour to the gallows.
Very engaging.

In Milady's Chamber is book 1 but Pickpocket's Apprentice, the prequel is a good place to start John's story.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 Total guilty pleasure book. I can't seem to stop reading this series ;)
Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass
Story is 3.5 - 4'ish. Narration is 5.
Feb 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I'm going to consolidate (repeat myself) reviews of this series, numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 4.5 and 5 because I had to get through all of those to resolve the romantic story begun in the the first book. I supposed most women like a touch of romance and these have it, albeit full of angst that is drawn out over a time period of about 10 months. I got impatient with the progress of the romance taking so long. I would characterize these stories as Romance with only a touch of Mystery rather than the other ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free. I voluntarily left this review and all opinions contained herein are my own.

This is listed as the first book in the John Pickett Mysteries series - however, there is a novella, which is a prequel to this book, which provides background on John Pickett and begins when John was 14 years old. This book is a standalone book and it is not necessary to have read the prequel book. There are a few references from the prequel but nothing which would inhibit your
2019 bk 297. I've read South's regencies and enjoyed her characters but found inconsistencies in plot. In the first of the John Pickett mysteries I found a well thought out plot, enjoyable characters, and the ability of the author to switch back and forth from different points of view very smoothly. This last is difficult for many authors, but Smith is deft and writes her characters with different voices that ring true to their character. I just tried it again -if I pick a random page and read a ...more
Kimberly-Dawn Quinn
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This may be some of the best historical writing I've read lately. The terminology and class differences are pitch perfect. You don't feel as if you are reading a novel written 1800s with difficulty of language yet you get excellent phraseology that rings true. The characters aren't so modernized that you are left thinking its unrealistic. I really loved the attention to detail from clothing, furnishings, food and relationships. For me it's always about character development and relationships. Th ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very entertaining historical mystery. The characters have a lot of potential going forward and they mystery itself was quite solid. While I did figure out "whodunnit", I did not figure out the motive. While some reviewers state that it is a blend of mystery and romance, the focus is definitely on the mystery with a very minor side of romance, in my opinion. For most of the book it was more of a one-sided infatuation or crush. There was, however, a hint of possible romance in future bo ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars. An enjoyable Regency mystery. John Pickett, a Bow Street Runner, makes a nice investigator even if he is a love sick boy. False leads, misunderstood clues and red herrings create a mystery that keeps John Pickett guessing to the end. The reader can probably figure it out a bit before that. Though, I would think the fact voices were heard in the room where Lord Fieldhurst was killed after his wife had left would have provided plenty of doubt as to her guilt and that a good defense at ...more
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: hist-rom
The main characters were pretty interesting especially Pickett. The mystery was underwhelming. I liked that there were red herrings but those didn't lead anywhere with the obvious choice being the culprit all along. It was also frustrating that the other characters didn't suspect the guilty party at all even though there could have been no better choice. The secondary characters were also more like caricatures.

I am definitely going to read the next book but only because I'm interested in the ro
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, mystery
You know that feeling when you come across a book on Goodreads and you wonder how you’ve never heard of it before, so you go to Amazon to get a copy and Amazon tells you that you purchased the book 2 years ago? Yeah, that happens more than I care to admit.
This didn’t get good until about 60% but I did like John. He’s the awkward, nerdy (did the Regency era have nerds?) guy that I just love to see come out on top. I’d like to read the next book in the series. I just hope I don’t buy it and
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Carola Dunn
Review of a later book in this series on the Dear Author website was enticing, and I do like a good Regency mystery with a London setting so picked up the first book. I'm slow to notice clues so didn't guess the murderer. John Pickett, a young Bow Street Runner, who hopes to prove Lady Fieldhurst innocent of her husband's murder, is a smart, sympathetic character, and Lady Fieldhurst is a good crime-solving partner. 3.5 stars.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun historical mystery starring sleuth John Pickett, a young Bow Street Runner. I liked the interaction between John and the murdered viscount's widow (and a possible suspect), Lady Fielding, who is close to John in age, but way above him in station. The writing is beautifully period.

This series reminded me of Bruce Alexander's Blind Justice series, which is set in an earlier era (Regency) with John Fielding and a young apprentice investigator as the principals.
Debra J. Haggard
The Pickpocket's Apprentice was a great read. At first I had a problem getting into the flow of the book. it was awkward. It was very interesting. And a murder right away! But maybe it was all the new characters developments. Because then it started to go quite quickly. I was hooked and enjoyed it immensely!

I look forward to the next book. I'm going to buy it right now! I am hooked! Go buy it!
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Inspector Pickett is a young Bow Street runner (24) has be assigned to investigate the death of Lord Fieldhurst who has been found murdered in the bedroom of his lovely wife and he has been killed with her nail scissors. Pickett sets out to prove that Lady Fieldhurst did not murder her husband, even though things were not good between them and all the evidence is pointing in her direction. Pickett is also attracted to the lady in question which causes all sorts of issues.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's 1800s and Bow Street Runner, John Pickett is called in when a body is discovered at the home of Viscount Fieldhurst, by Lady Fieldhurst and her soon to be lover Lord Rupert Latham. It seems that there are plenty of suspects for Pickett to clear or not.
A good start to the series, I look forward to see how the characters develop.
Susan Springer

First book I’ve read by Sheri Cobb South. The young Bow Street Runner, John Pickett the hero, is a very likeable character. His infatuation of the heroine Julia, Lady Fieldhurst, is adorable even though she is a possible murderess. The interaction between them shows promise for the upcoming books in the series.

You will find intrigue, mystery, romance and adventure! This is a wonderful book. A lady of the nobility is accused of murdering her husband and you must read it to discover if she is guilty!
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“Having never had dealings with Bow Street, Lady Fieldhurst was not quite certain what to expect: perhaps a stout fellow past his prime, befuddled with sleep or spirits, with a bulbous red nose—the same sort as might be found in any number of watchmen’s boxes across the metropolis. The individual who entered the room in [the footman's] wake, however, was very nearly her own age. To be sure, his nose was somewhat crooked, as if it had been broken at some point, but it was far from bulbous, and it was certainly not red. He was quite tall, almost gangly, with curling brown hair tied at the nape of his neck in an outmoded queue. He wore an unfashionably shallow-crowned hat and a black swallow-tailed coat of good cloth but indifferent cut; indeed, his only claim to fashion lay in the quizzing glass which hung round his neck from a black ribbon, and which he now raised, the resulting magnification revealing his eyes to be a warm brown. Julia might have been much reassured as to his competence, had it not been for the fact that his mouth hung open as from a rusty hinge.” 3 likes
“Pickett, feeling a slight pressure on his sleeve, glanced down to discover her ladyship's black-gloved hand resting in the curve of his elbow, and for a moment heard all heaven's bells bursting forth in glorious melody. He was slightly embarrassed to realize that it was only the bells of the 'Dolphin' and her sisters ships, in combination with the church bells of St. John at Wapping marking the hour.” 0 likes
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