A final gift
from Bruce Alexander: a new book in his acclaimed mystery series about blind
eighteenth-century London judge Sir John Fielding
Beloved by legions of fans and a staple of best-of-the-year book
lists, the Fielding mysteries thrill readers with a pitch-perfect fusion of
vivid characterizations, evocative atmosphere, and riveting plotlines. And now,
for all those fans, here is one more.
In Rules of Engagement, Sir John and Jeremy are confronted
with a series of bizarre deaths on the streets of Georgian London, in a mystery
that tests even Sir John’s legendary skills of deduction. When Lord Lammermoor,
a close personal friend of the Lord Chief Justice, plunges to his death from
the heights of Westminster Bridge in front of a dozen witnesses, suicide is
ruled as the most likely cause of death. But Lammermoor’s fatal leap coincides
with the arrival of Dr. Goldsworthy, a student of the famous Dr. Anton Mesmer
and his research in animal magnetism. Sir John’s suspicions grow when it is
discovered that Goldsworthy’s patron in London is none other than the beautiful
and austere Lady Lammermoor. Meanwhile, Jeremy’s sleuthing uncovers a web of
intrigue within the Lammermoor family, and the deeper he investigates, the more
suspects he discovers who stand to gain from Lammermoor’s death.
Alexander’s richly textured depictions of eighteenth-century London, and with a
vibrant cast of characters “as vivid and sharp-witted as a Hogarth sketch” (Seattle Times), Rules of Engagement is
the brilliant conclusion to a splendid series. Download and start listening now!