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London, 1812. At a fashionable address in leafy Mayfair, a far cry from Detective Stephen Lavender’s usual haunts, a man is found dead in his room. He has been brutally stabbed, but the door is locked from the inside and the weapon is missing.The deceased is David MacAdam, an Essex businessman with expensive tastes. As Lavender and Constable Ned Woods travel between London London, 1812. At a fashionable address in leafy Mayfair, a far cry from Detective Stephen Lavender’s usual haunts, a man is found dead in his room. He has been brutally stabbed, but the door is locked from the inside and the weapon is missing.The deceased is David MacAdam, an Essex businessman with expensive tastes. As Lavender and Constable Ned Woods travel between London and Chelmsford seeking to understand MacAdam’s final hours and unearth the grisly truth, they uncover a tangled web of deceit behind his stylish facade. The unusual circumstances of MacAdam’s death are nothing compared to the shady nature of his life and it seems the house on Park Lane is at the heart of a dark conspiracy.But when a second body turns up, everything they think they’ve learned is thrown into doubt. Can Lavender and Woods find out who’s behind these shocking murders before more lives are ruined?


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London, 1812. At a fashionable address in leafy Mayfair, a far cry from Detective Stephen Lavender’s usual haunts, a man is found dead in his room. He has been brutally stabbed, but the door is locked from the inside and the weapon is missing.The deceased is David MacAdam, an Essex businessman with expensive tastes. As Lavender and Constable Ned Woods travel between London London, 1812. At a fashionable address in leafy Mayfair, a far cry from Detective Stephen Lavender’s usual haunts, a man is found dead in his room. He has been brutally stabbed, but the door is locked from the inside and the weapon is missing.The deceased is David MacAdam, an Essex businessman with expensive tastes. As Lavender and Constable Ned Woods travel between London and Chelmsford seeking to understand MacAdam’s final hours and unearth the grisly truth, they uncover a tangled web of deceit behind his stylish facade. The unusual circumstances of MacAdam’s death are nothing compared to the shady nature of his life and it seems the house on Park Lane is at the heart of a dark conspiracy.But when a second body turns up, everything they think they’ve learned is thrown into doubt. Can Lavender and Woods find out who’s behind these shocking murders before more lives are ruined?

30 review for Murder in Park Lane

  1. 5 out of 5

    Clemens Schoonderwoert

    This fantastic mystery is the 5th volume of the amazing "Detective Lavender" series from the wonderful English author, Karen Charlton. Once again you can find at the end of the book the historical details concerning this tale, and these are superbly implemented within this great mystery. The author's story-telling is of a top-notch quality, the mystery is very well structured and executed, all characters come vividly to life within this mystery, and not to forget the atmosphere and surroundings of This fantastic mystery is the 5th volume of the amazing "Detective Lavender" series from the wonderful English author, Karen Charlton. Once again you can find at the end of the book the historical details concerning this tale, and these are superbly implemented within this great mystery. The author's story-telling is of a top-notch quality, the mystery is very well structured and executed, all characters come vividly to life within this mystery, and not to forget the atmosphere and surroundings of Regency London come brilliantly off the pages. This mystery is mainly set in September, AD 1812, in Regency London, and our protagonists, Detective Stephen Lavender, and his friend, Constable Ned Woods, will come into action again in an attempt to solve a murder mystery which has occurred in Park Lane, London. The murder victim is a certain, David MacAdam, a cunning man with expensive tastes, who will do anything and will deceive anybody in his effort to really get what he wants. Somehow his duplicity has worked against him, and now at Mrs Palmer's lodgings he's found dead, supposedly stabbed to death, by Lavender and Woods, with the certain consequence that many more eventful elements will unfold themselves during their investigations. What is to come is a thrilling and entertaining murder case, in which Lavender and Woods need to follow the evidence and leads they will gather, and in their own remarkable way intertwined with an exciting and suspenseful plot, and it certainly had me guessing, they will discover in the end the surprising culprit of this heinous murder. Highly recommended, for this is a superb mystery and part of a fascinating series, which gets better all the time, and to come back what this episode is concerned I like to call it: "A Fabulous Executed Murder Mystery"!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kiesha ~ 1Cheekylass

    I effing love this series! Magistrate Read and Sir Richard have really grown on me.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. In 1812 England, a man is discovered dead in a locked room. It seems he has been murdered. What passes for the police force at that time gets on the case. It seems solved almost immediately, but soon becomes a Gordian knot of motives and opportunities. Very entertaining.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Rogers

    Series: Detective Lavender #5 Publication Date: 2/12/19 Number of Pages: 313 This series just keeps getting better and better. The characters are wonderful, the writing is outstanding and the plots keep you guessing to the very end! You can read this as a stand-alone, but to appreciate the full richness of the characters and their relationships, you really need to begin at the beginning. Stephen Lavender is a Principal Officer at Bow Street and he works with Constable Ned Woods in his investigations Series: Detective Lavender #5 Publication Date: 2/12/19 Number of Pages: 313 This series just keeps getting better and better. The characters are wonderful, the writing is outstanding and the plots keep you guessing to the very end! You can read this as a stand-alone, but to appreciate the full richness of the characters and their relationships, you really need to begin at the beginning. Stephen Lavender is a Principal Officer at Bow Street and he works with Constable Ned Woods in his investigations. Sir Richard Allison is a renowned physician who works with Bow Street on occasion. He is arrogant and expects to be treated like royalty whenever he deigns to work with Bow Street. So, imagine Lavender’s shock when Sir Richard requests his assistance on a case. It is right down Lavender’s alley. The victim, David MacAdam, was found in a room that was locked from the inside, the window was warped and couldn’t be opened and there were no other possible points of entry. It couldn’t be suicide because there was no murder weapon to be found. Suspects abound and the victim isn’t what he appears to be. None of the witnesses are telling the truth – some are outright lying and others are omitting vital pieces of information. Lavender definitely has his work cut out for him with this one. When a second victim turns up, it complicates the case even further. Of course, there are personal worries and complications as well – Lavender is awaiting the birth of his first child and Ned is concerned about his weight and takes extreme measures to fix it. The suspects will blow your mind – you have everything from aristocrats to con artists to loan sharks. What they get up to will keep you flipping the pages as fast as you can to see what happens next. Definitely a good read! Please check out my reviews at: Blog: https://flippinpages.blog/ Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/flippinpages... Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlippinPagesRev Twitter: https://twitter.com/BarbBookReview

  5. 4 out of 5

    RavenclawLibraryBooks

    Having loved the author's previous works it was an easy decision to make purchasing her latest offering. Not only was I delighted to find detective Lavender at his most tenacious at crime solving but I loved reading about his family. I look forward to Lavender's further exploits. Having loved the author's previous works it was an easy decision to make purchasing her latest offering. Not only was I delighted to find detective Lavender at his most tenacious at crime solving but I loved reading about his family. I look forward to Lavender's further exploits.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Monday 21st September, 1812 Bow Street Magistrates Court & Police Office, London A new case for Detective Lavender and Constable Woods - in Mayfair. Karen Charlton’s Murder in Park Lane (Detective Lavender #5) has the detective and his constable heading to Mayfair, a “fashionable “ part of London, responding to a report of a man found stabbed to death although the door to his room is locked from the inside. A Locked Room mystery! The victim, David MacAdams, an Essex businessman who appears to be v Monday 21st September, 1812 Bow Street Magistrates Court & Police Office, London A new case for Detective Lavender and Constable Woods - in Mayfair. Karen Charlton’s Murder in Park Lane (Detective Lavender #5) has the detective and his constable heading to Mayfair, a “fashionable “ part of London, responding to a report of a man found stabbed to death although the door to his room is locked from the inside. A Locked Room mystery! The victim, David MacAdams, an Essex businessman who appears to be very successful as seen by the clothes he wears and his impeccable ‘taste’ is described by the widow who owns the Mayfair house as handsome, well-dressed, polite, and prosperous. The detective asks about the victim’s family. Mrs.Palmer mentions that MacAdams is from Chelmsford. Lavender and Woods head to Chelmsford only to uncover MacAdams “shady” background. Was he leading a double life? How did Mrs. Palmer speak to MacAdams when he returned to his room and who appeared fine only to die later that night. Lavender and Woods must truly scramble to solve this case. 4.5 stars

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heatherinblack

    that was complicated but a much better mystery than the last book. it is annoying how the wealthy get away with everything. but that is how it was and is in many ways today. my favorite parts and lavender and woods alone. i hope it stays that way.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Murder in Park Lane" is a mystery novel set in 1812 in England. It's the fifth book in a series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this story did not spoil any previous whodunits. The detective was clever, and his assistant constable had skills that complemented the detective's. They asked good questions. However, so many people lied to them that the detective had difficulty making any headway for a while. It was a clue based mystery, and the reader can guess "Murder in Park Lane" is a mystery novel set in 1812 in England. It's the fifth book in a series. You don't need to read the previous books to understand this one, and this story did not spoil any previous whodunits. The detective was clever, and his assistant constable had skills that complemented the detective's. They asked good questions. However, so many people lied to them that the detective had difficulty making any headway for a while. It was a clue based mystery, and the reader can guess what's going on as quickly as a detective. I cared what happened to the main characters. They were engaging, interesting people and had realistic reactions to events. The vivid historical and setting details made the story feel unique to that time and place yet didn't slow the pacing down. There was some bad language. There were no sex scenes. A three month old corpse was described in detail, if an accurate description of a nearly skeletal dead body would bother you. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting novel. I received an e-book review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for a review copy of Murder in Park Lane, the fifth novel to feature regency detective Principal Officer Stephen Lavender and his assistant Constable Ned Woods of the Bow Street Police Office. Lavender is summoned to Park Lane by police surgeon Sir Richard Allison who has a conundrum on his hands. Commercial traveler David MacAdam has been found stabbed to death in his his room in his lodgings with the door locked from the inside and no sign of I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for a review copy of Murder in Park Lane, the fifth novel to feature regency detective Principal Officer Stephen Lavender and his assistant Constable Ned Woods of the Bow Street Police Office. Lavender is summoned to Park Lane by police surgeon Sir Richard Allison who has a conundrum on his hands. Commercial traveler David MacAdam has been found stabbed to death in his his room in his lodgings with the door locked from the inside and no sign of a weapon. MacAdam was not what he seemed and this is just the first conundrum in his decidedly shady past. I thoroughly enjoyed Murder in Park Lane which has a great plot, full of unexpected twists and turns, some likeable characters and a good dose of humour. The narrative is an extremely straightforward third person told from Lavender’s point of view and with a linear timeline. What a joy as many of my recent reads have changed everything about from chapter to chapter. This, I could sit down and read and get involved in without distraction, to the extent that I stayed up far too late to read it in one sitting. The plot is captivating and absorbing. Just as the reader gets used to one set of circumstances the author throws in another twist so you have to read on to find out what’s coming next. It is extremely well conceived and executed. Plotting, however, is not the only joy of the novel. After five novels in the series Lavender and Woods are old friends and their partnership is a well oiled machine. Woods provides the humour and people skills and Lavender the brains but with Lavender’s mind on the imminent birth of his first child Woods gets more of a look in on the thinking until his diet gets in the way. This is a lighthearted, entertaining read so it doesn’t concentrate on social conditions as many historical novels do but still has enough period detail to set the tone of the era. Murder in Park Lane is a great read which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie E Prevost-Limoges

    I have enjoyed this series. I have enjoyed the creativity of this series. It is a topical British theme with many twists, humor and a tad of history. To see the life's of the characters grow gives this series an interested view point. I have enjoyed this series. I have enjoyed the creativity of this series. It is a topical British theme with many twists, humor and a tad of history. To see the life's of the characters grow gives this series an interested view point.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Murder in park Lane by Karen Charlton. This was a brilliant read with great characters. I love this series and hope there is more to come. Love how Karen writes. 5*.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Murder in park Lane by Karen Charlton. This was a brilliant read with great characters. I love this series and hope there is more to come. Love how Karen writes. 5*.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Young

    I keep promising myself I’m going to kick my cosy mystery habit and move on to something edgier instead, but somehow I never do. My latest read, Karen Charlton’s Murder in Park Lane, did nothing to make me want to look elsewhere. The book is set in London in 1812 and it’s the fifth in a series featuring Inspector Lavender and his sidekick Ned Woods, butt worked very well as a standalone. So many series writers slip up here, but Charlton has it spot on — just the right amount of backstory, enough I keep promising myself I’m going to kick my cosy mystery habit and move on to something edgier instead, but somehow I never do. My latest read, Karen Charlton’s Murder in Park Lane, did nothing to make me want to look elsewhere. The book is set in London in 1812 and it’s the fifth in a series featuring Inspector Lavender and his sidekick Ned Woods, butt worked very well as a standalone. So many series writers slip up here, but Charlton has it spot on — just the right amount of backstory, enough hints about past mysteries to nudge the reader towards them without leaving you feeling that you’ve missed out, and yet she manages to engage the reader with her recurring characters (though I would guess there are only two detectives, so there’s not a huge amount of room for confusion). There’s murder afoot, in fashionable Mayfair, where a man has been found mysteriously dead inside a locked room with no murder weapon. This intriguing premise was perhaps solved rather earlier than I would have liked, but the mystery took off nicely, full of twists and turns as people’s secrets were revealed. Lavender and Woods are hot on the trail, though, relentlessly picking their way through the mysteries of the wealthy and the titled, the poor, the moneylenders and the fraudsters until they reach a satisfying conclusion. For the most part I loved the characterisation, which was neat and anything but cliched, and I laughed out loud at some of the turns in the book (such as the nymphomaniac elderly ladies with an eye for handsome young men). I wasn’t so taken with the subplot of Woods deciding he was overweight and fasting to the detriment of his health, which was something that felt far more like the behaviour of a teenage girl than of a policeman with an adult child. It was so odd that I assumed it must have something to do with the plot, but it didn’t and rather petered out. That one gripe aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be going back to read more in the series. Thanks to Amazon Publishing UK and Netgalley for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Murder in Park Lane is the 5th Detective Lavender mystery by Karen Charlton. Released 12th Feb 2019 by Amazon on their Thomas & Mercer imprint, it's 313 pages and available in paperback, ebook, and audi formats. This is a cozy historical murder mystery. It's 1812 and Regency England is fighting with basically everyone (France, the US, Spain, etc). Lavender and sidekick Woods are called to the scene of a locked room murder in an upscale neighborh Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Murder in Park Lane is the 5th Detective Lavender mystery by Karen Charlton. Released 12th Feb 2019 by Amazon on their Thomas & Mercer imprint, it's 313 pages and available in paperback, ebook, and audi formats. This is a cozy historical murder mystery. It's 1812 and Regency England is fighting with basically everyone (France, the US, Spain, etc). Lavender and sidekick Woods are called to the scene of a locked room murder in an upscale neighborhood in London. They're soon on the hunt for a murderer (or murderers). The plot is appealingly twisty and the characters are fairly well defined. There is humor to be found here and some of the interactions are lightly comedic. I found the author's use of casual endearments somewhat wearying and quite a lot of the dialogue was tough going. I was repeatedly yanked out of the story by anachronistic turns of phrase and if -any- policeman, however highly placed, had dared speak to even minor nobility like Lavender does, he'd have been horsewhipped at the very least. Start to finish, this was a book with modern sensibilities and interactions written for modern audiences. Also, the phonetic dialect was hard going for most of the book. I didn't find it added much verisimilitude and most of the time it just made me roll my eyes internally. Much of the language and slang used in the book are British and American readers may have to use the 'lookup' feature on their e-readers; but that doesn't present any problems. Possibly worth noting for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, this book is included in the KU subscription library, along with the other books in the series. Three and a half stars. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jaqui

    What a delightful Regency Romp Set in Regency London in 1812 and featuring Bow Street runner Stephen Lavender, his Constable, Ned Woods and crew, the book is a complete joy. I love the characters, the history, the warmth and humour, the dialogue and plotting. It's the fifth book in the series, but the second one I have read, joining in the series halfway along them. I love the books. This one is even more enjoyable than the first one I read, Plague Pits and River Bones which I bought because I wa What a delightful Regency Romp Set in Regency London in 1812 and featuring Bow Street runner Stephen Lavender, his Constable, Ned Woods and crew, the book is a complete joy. I love the characters, the history, the warmth and humour, the dialogue and plotting. It's the fifth book in the series, but the second one I have read, joining in the series halfway along them. I love the books. This one is even more enjoyable than the first one I read, Plague Pits and River Bones which I bought because I was intrigued by the title. Still think it's a great title. I am falling just a little bit in love with tall, handsome and athletic Lavender. And the repartee between him and Ned Woods as they gallop around such a well described London of that time is pure magic. This is how a book should be written; setting, plot and characters all meshing seamlessly together to make entertaining reading. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I am normally rubbish at sticking with a book series. I read the first one, maybe a second, but the thought of five, six or more by the same writer with the same characters makes me hesitate and ponder all the other books, recommendations and my pile of to be reads and I don't buy more. I will make an exception in the case of this writer and this series because the writing is so good and the enjoyment and entertainment level so huge. In my teens I loved the books of Georgette Heyer. The Lavender series ... I've only just learned he is based on a real Bow Street Principal Officer - is a delightful and so now updated version of those long ago reads, but better. Loved the book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ileana Renfroe

    Murder in Park Lane is the fifth book in this series. Description: London, 1812. At a fashionable address in leafy Mayfair, a far cry from Detective Stephen Lavender’s usual haunts, a man is found dead in his room. He has been brutally stabbed, but the door is locked from the inside and the weapon is missing. The deceased is David MacAdam, an Essex businessman with expensive tastes. As Lavender and Constable Ned Woods travel between London and Chelmsford seeking to understand MacAdam’s final hou Murder in Park Lane is the fifth book in this series. Description: London, 1812. At a fashionable address in leafy Mayfair, a far cry from Detective Stephen Lavender’s usual haunts, a man is found dead in his room. He has been brutally stabbed, but the door is locked from the inside and the weapon is missing. The deceased is David MacAdam, an Essex businessman with expensive tastes. As Lavender and Constable Ned Woods travel between London and Chelmsford seeking to understand MacAdam’s final hours and unearth the grisly truth, they uncover a tangled web of deceit behind his stylish facade. The unusual circumstances of MacAdam’s death are nothing compared to the shady nature of his life and it seems the house on Park Lane is at the heart of a dark conspiracy. But when a second body turns up, everything they think they’ve learned is thrown into doubt. Can Lavender and Woods find out who’s behind these shocking murders before more lives are ruined? The story revolves around Detective Lavender and Constable Woods working together to figure out who murdered David MacAdam. Lavender is surprised when arrogant Sir Richard Allison, a renowned physician requests her assistance to figure out how MacAdam could have been murdered in a room locked from the inside? Things get complicated when a second victim is murdered. So, definitely a great mystery. Overall, the characters are well defined and the story keeps you guessing until the very end. I was provided this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion. I give this a 5 Star

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mystic Miraflores

    I recently discovered Ms. Charlton, thanks to Kindle Unlimited. I am definitely a fan! I enjoy the characters of Lavender and Woods and their strong relationship. It reminds me of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. They admire each other's abilities, yet are not above criticizing one another. There's quite a bit of humor to balance the grim murders. The family lives of the two men help round out their characters, showing their ability to love others. However, the family doesn't overwhelm the mystery I recently discovered Ms. Charlton, thanks to Kindle Unlimited. I am definitely a fan! I enjoy the characters of Lavender and Woods and their strong relationship. It reminds me of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. They admire each other's abilities, yet are not above criticizing one another. There's quite a bit of humor to balance the grim murders. The family lives of the two men help round out their characters, showing their ability to love others. However, the family doesn't overwhelm the mystery plot, unlike other mysteries where the family lives take up so much unnecessary real estate in a book. The plot was not the usual retread of other historical mysteries. The "gigolo" theme was a new one to me in Regency novels. Perhaps it's because Ms. Charlton is English herself that her novels seem more authentic than American authors writing historical mysteries. I have in mind the Charles Finch/Charles Lennox and C.S. Harris/Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series. For example, in one Lennox book, Finch uses "vacation" instead of "holiday". Did the word "vacation" even exist in Regency England? It is an Americanism. I doubt Ms. Charlton would make the same mistake. Ms. Charlton's writing is very atmospheric. You can almost hear, see and smell Regency London and Chelmsford in her books. I look forward to reading Book #6 in the series. I hope Ms. Charlton comes up with a clever new plot, unlike the tired and uninspiring plots of the other authors.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Murder in Park Lane by Karen Charlton, is book five of the ‘Detective Lavender Mysteries’, however it can be read as a stand-alone book. I read this as a stand-alone read and thoroughly enjoyed the book without reading the previous books in the series; however, I now want to read the whole series as I loved the mix of historical fiction and mystery which this book gave. It is set in Mayfair, London in 1812, and Detective Stephen Lavender is investigating the death of a man who has been killed by Murder in Park Lane by Karen Charlton, is book five of the ‘Detective Lavender Mysteries’, however it can be read as a stand-alone book. I read this as a stand-alone read and thoroughly enjoyed the book without reading the previous books in the series; however, I now want to read the whole series as I loved the mix of historical fiction and mystery which this book gave. It is set in Mayfair, London in 1812, and Detective Stephen Lavender is investigating the death of a man who has been killed by fatal stabbing but surprisingly the body is found behind a door which is locked from the inside and the murder weapon is missing. So begins Detective Lavender’s investigations, the author brings the sights and sounds of both London and Chelmsford alive as the Detective travels between the two to solve the mysterious death of businessman David MacAdam. When a second body turns up, Lavender along with Ned Woods, the Constable, learn that the house on Park Lane has a dark conspiracy and the two must learn the truth behind the murders and who is doing them. This is a fast paced book and it took me along for the journey, I was hooked from page one. Definitely recommend the ‘Detective Lavender Mysteries’ series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jacqui Huntley

    This is the second in the series that I have read and much better, even though set in London and not my beloved Northumberland. A body is found, behind locked doors and two of Bow Street's finest - Detective Lavender and Constable Woods, are tasked with uncovering what has to be the murder of an apparently normal young man. Nothing is normal of course and they are lead through High and Low Society, with twists and turns all the way before the denouement . The depth and interplay of their charact This is the second in the series that I have read and much better, even though set in London and not my beloved Northumberland. A body is found, behind locked doors and two of Bow Street's finest - Detective Lavender and Constable Woods, are tasked with uncovering what has to be the murder of an apparently normal young man. Nothing is normal of course and they are lead through High and Low Society, with twists and turns all the way before the denouement . The depth and interplay of their characters get better all of the time and the descriptions of 19th century London take the reader right to the heart of the city - from the highs of Park Lane, through its mews to Cheapside and below. Fantastic descriptions. The other characters range equally widely with some really eccentric older Ladies, their servants and some highly disreputable young men. All great fun at one level. It's a highly enjoyable read, probably best classed as a cosy detective with sufficient detail of, but not over the top, gruesomeness, Lose yourself for a few hours, immerse yourself an enjoy. Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas&Mercer publishing for an advance copy in return for my honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    When a man is discovered dead in his room with the door locked from the inside everyone is in a quandary as to what happened. It seems Mr. David MacAdams was stabbed before he got home and died once he got there. The few people who saw him didn't know anything was wrong. As Detective Lavender and his helper Ned Wood begin their investigation they must travel to Chelmsford to see Mr. MacAdams family. What they find is that MacAdams is leading a double life, at least temporarily as he is married to When a man is discovered dead in his room with the door locked from the inside everyone is in a quandary as to what happened. It seems Mr. David MacAdams was stabbed before he got home and died once he got there. The few people who saw him didn't know anything was wrong. As Detective Lavender and his helper Ned Wood begin their investigation they must travel to Chelmsford to see Mr. MacAdams family. What they find is that MacAdams is leading a double life, at least temporarily as he is married to one woman and betrothed to another. All he wants is the substantial inheritance that his new bride would bring But, he has anger someone in his quest to become rich and that someone could be an older lady he keeps company with but it is hard to tell. MacAdams had told so many lies in his time in London that there any number of people that might have wanted him dead. Then while doing their research, Lavender and Wood discover another body............oh my. At the time of this case Lavender is also expecting his first child and as he moves about he worries about his wife Magdalena. I really like this series and the characters in it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    MURDER IN PARK LANE is the fifth instalment in a series featuring Detective Lavender and Constable Woods. Although it was my first encounter with the duo, I thought this mystery worked really well as a single read. Karen Charlton seamlessly touched on earlier happenings so I didn’t feel I was missing out on anything important. Although I love them, I liked that this mystery was not a twisted psychological thriller or a novel about psychopathic serial killers, for a change. Instead, the focus of MURDER IN PARK LANE is the fifth instalment in a series featuring Detective Lavender and Constable Woods. Although it was my first encounter with the duo, I thought this mystery worked really well as a single read. Karen Charlton seamlessly touched on earlier happenings so I didn’t feel I was missing out on anything important. Although I love them, I liked that this mystery was not a twisted psychological thriller or a novel about psychopathic serial killers, for a change. Instead, the focus of this wonderful mystery was a comparatively inoffensive murder case in a pleasant part of historical London. The main characters were very likeable, as were the outlandish suspects. The plot was well-paced and there was a number of red herrings to figure out. Overall, MURDER IN PARK LANE was a very enjoyable and entertaining book that I highly recommend. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from the publisher via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    In Karen Charlton's Murder in Park Lane, the 3rd installment in the Detective Lavender Historical Mystery series, this novel would take you back to time with a twisted ride. It's London 1812. It all started when Detective Stephen Lavender and Constable Ned Woods from the Park Row Police Department received a call about a murder from Dr. Richard Allison, the Medical Examiner. They came to the scene of the crime to discover the body of David MacAdam. As they started the investigation, they learned In Karen Charlton's Murder in Park Lane, the 3rd installment in the Detective Lavender Historical Mystery series, this novel would take you back to time with a twisted ride. It's London 1812. It all started when Detective Stephen Lavender and Constable Ned Woods from the Park Row Police Department received a call about a murder from Dr. Richard Allison, the Medical Examiner. They came to the scene of the crime to discover the body of David MacAdam. As they started the investigation, they learned more about the corpse that had more twists and turns with every clue. It ranged from adultery to being a lothario and a swindler to say the least. Meanwhile Lavender expected his first child with his Spanish wife Magdalena, while Ned dealt with fasting to trim his waist. Together, they come across some unsavory people who might want MacAdam dead for more than one reason. The closer they get to the truth, the more twisted it could be with one step from another until they found the culprit and put him and her behind bars.

  23. 4 out of 5

    J. Noalani

    In “Murder in Park Lane,” Karen Charlton delivers a most ingenious and enthralling tale of mystery and intrigue. She lures the reader into the story with her charming wit, colorful imagery, fascinating historical detail of life in 1812 England, and vibrant characters. In an upscale neighborhood, a man is found dead in his room of a vicious stab wound; however, his door is locked from the inside, and the weapon is missing. The victim is David MacAdam, a businessman with predilections for finer th In “Murder in Park Lane,” Karen Charlton delivers a most ingenious and enthralling tale of mystery and intrigue. She lures the reader into the story with her charming wit, colorful imagery, fascinating historical detail of life in 1812 England, and vibrant characters. In an upscale neighborhood, a man is found dead in his room of a vicious stab wound; however, his door is locked from the inside, and the weapon is missing. The victim is David MacAdam, a businessman with predilections for finer things. As Detective Lavender and Constable Woods peel away the layers of veneer surrounding the circumstances of the murder, they discover Mr. MacAdam is not as he outwardly seems, and the unexpected twists and turns reveal a darker scheme. An entertaining, light historical mystery that keeps the reader deducing. So masterfully paced and well-delivered that the reader will find it hard to put down.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I started this series at book 4 and thoroughly enjoyed it.This the next in the series did not disappoint. The beauty of the characterisation here is that everyone has their distinct personalities that are always authentic and in most cases creates an imediate bond between them and the reader. I absolutely adore the dynamic between our two main protagonists, their differences in social standing and attitudes make them a near perfect crime fighting team and their immediate circles enrich and infor I started this series at book 4 and thoroughly enjoyed it.This the next in the series did not disappoint. The beauty of the characterisation here is that everyone has their distinct personalities that are always authentic and in most cases creates an imediate bond between them and the reader. I absolutely adore the dynamic between our two main protagonists, their differences in social standing and attitudes make them a near perfect crime fighting team and their immediate circles enrich and inform the thrust of the tale. Another exciting and involving plot gallops along with plenty of surprises along the way. Intricate enough for fans of mystery, but also atmospheric and historically dense enough to suit a fan of Victorian romances too. I loved it, I almost just want to say don't take my word on it, just experience it for yourself!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Silverboggle

    I haven’t read any other books in this series but this proved to be no obstacle to my understanding or to my enjoyment of my first encounter with Lavender and Woods. This pair are a crime cracking partnership that bridges social classes of the time-making their team both more effective and more engaging narratively. The historical setting seemed well researched and the mystery to be solved was intriguing- the clues and unravelling story of the events leading to the murder kept me hooked. I enjoy I haven’t read any other books in this series but this proved to be no obstacle to my understanding or to my enjoyment of my first encounter with Lavender and Woods. This pair are a crime cracking partnership that bridges social classes of the time-making their team both more effective and more engaging narratively. The historical setting seemed well researched and the mystery to be solved was intriguing- the clues and unravelling story of the events leading to the murder kept me hooked. I enjoyed the portrayal of both lead characters-rounded individuals dedicated to their jobs and their families. I would very happily pick up more books in this series for an afternoon of ‘cosy’ escapist historical crime solving. Thanks to NetGalley, Karen Charlton and Amazon Publishing UK for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amalia

    Five reasons I liked Murder in Park Lane by Karen Charlton: 1. The Setting: The book, a historical murder mystery, unfolds in 1812. It is not too rich in historical detail but it is nice to see that things could still get done without computers, cell-phones and that all important DNA testing. 2. The Protagonist: Stephen Lavender, a Principal Officer at Bow Street, is considered 'the best policeman in England.' The nicest thing about him is his relationship with his sidekick, constable Woods. 3. The Five reasons I liked Murder in Park Lane by Karen Charlton: 1. The Setting: The book, a historical murder mystery, unfolds in 1812. It is not too rich in historical detail but it is nice to see that things could still get done without computers, cell-phones and that all important DNA testing. 2. The Protagonist: Stephen Lavender, a Principal Officer at Bow Street, is considered 'the best policeman in England.' The nicest thing about him is his relationship with his sidekick, constable Woods. 3. The Gentleness: For when you've had your fill of violence and gore, and want no more. 4. The Plot: A body is found in a fashionable address in Mayfair. I'm saying no more. This is a spoiler-free zone. 5. The Best Part: I couldn't really tell who did it. Isn't it awful when you work it out half-way through the book and then have to wait for the detective to catch up?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ange

    I so relish the release of another Detective Lavender mystery, so I was very excited to read this latest offering by the very talented Karen Charlton. As soon as I open the pages of a Lavender mystery I am transported straight into 1820's England. The descriptive prose ensure that the readers find themselves immersed into the hustle and bustle of the period, virtually able to not just imagine the scenes portrayed, but to hear, smell and almost touch the places described. I love Stephen Lavender an I so relish the release of another Detective Lavender mystery, so I was very excited to read this latest offering by the very talented Karen Charlton. As soon as I open the pages of a Lavender mystery I am transported straight into 1820's England. The descriptive prose ensure that the readers find themselves immersed into the hustle and bustle of the period, virtually able to not just imagine the scenes portrayed, but to hear, smell and almost touch the places described. I love Stephen Lavender and his relationship with Ned Woods, particularly how they work so well together, using different methods to gain information. There are twists and turns aplenty in this book, and it kept me rapt until the final page. Looking forward to book 6! Highly recommended.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Can it get any better? This is a truly amazing series. Ms. Charlton has taken Detective Stephen Lavender and breathed new life into him through her books. With the help of narrator Michael Page we are taken on a glorious adventure into the life of this great detective. With his aide Constable Ned Woods, Lavender is swept up in the mysterious death of David MacAdam. MacAdam has been found dead in his lodgings behind a door that has been locked from the inside. As they try to piece together the la Can it get any better? This is a truly amazing series. Ms. Charlton has taken Detective Stephen Lavender and breathed new life into him through her books. With the help of narrator Michael Page we are taken on a glorious adventure into the life of this great detective. With his aide Constable Ned Woods, Lavender is swept up in the mysterious death of David MacAdam. MacAdam has been found dead in his lodgings behind a door that has been locked from the inside. As they try to piece together the last hours of his life they are confronted with a web of deceit. When a second body is discover, everything they have discovered is turned on its heel. Will someone else have to die before the murderer is uncovered?

  29. 4 out of 5

    Colored Ink

    I enjoyed this! This is the first ‘Inspector Lavender’ Book I’ve read, although apparently it’s the fifth in the series. I liked both the main character and his sidekick, as well as the whole cast of interesting and well-drawn characters of all ages and walks of life. The initial mystery—how was a lodger stabbed to death in his locked room?—is quickly resolved, but just as quickly escalates into an increasingly larger mystery that gets more complex and more puzzling with each new development. Ke I enjoyed this! This is the first ‘Inspector Lavender’ Book I’ve read, although apparently it’s the fifth in the series. I liked both the main character and his sidekick, as well as the whole cast of interesting and well-drawn characters of all ages and walks of life. The initial mystery—how was a lodger stabbed to death in his locked room?—is quickly resolved, but just as quickly escalates into an increasingly larger mystery that gets more complex and more puzzling with each new development. Kept me guessing until the end, The vivid descriptions of life in early London added depth, life, color, and smells—not all of them good!—to the story and made for a very full and satisfying reading experience.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Colored Ink

    I enjoyed this! This is the first ‘Inspector Lavender’ Book I’ve read, although apparently it’s the fifth in the series. I liked both the main character and his sidekick, as well as the whole cast of interesting and well-drawn characters of all ages and walks of life. The initial mystery—how was a lodger stabbed to death in his locked room?—is quickly resolved, but just as quickly escalates into an increasingly larger mystery that gets more complex and more puzzling with each new development. Ke I enjoyed this! This is the first ‘Inspector Lavender’ Book I’ve read, although apparently it’s the fifth in the series. I liked both the main character and his sidekick, as well as the whole cast of interesting and well-drawn characters of all ages and walks of life. The initial mystery—how was a lodger stabbed to death in his locked room?—is quickly resolved, but just as quickly escalates into an increasingly larger mystery that gets more complex and more puzzling with each new development. Kept me guessing until the end, The vivid descriptions of life in early London added depth, life, color, and smells—not all of them good!—to the story and made for a very full and satisfying reading experience.

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