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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 career chasiEstranged 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 career chasing petty pickpockets. Nothing in his experience has prepared him for low dealings in high society--or for the beautiful widow who is the chief suspect.The popular press sees the case as a classic lovers' triangle and expects a quick arrest, while back in Bow Street, the magistrate questions Pickett's handling of the case in the light of his unprofessional interest in Lady Fieldhurst. Under increasing pressure from without and within, Pickett must uncover the true murderer if he is to save an innocent woman from the gallows....

Title : In Milady's Chamber
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ISBN : 9781594143700
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 242 Pages
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In Milady's Chamber Reviews

  • Caz
    2019-12-06 02:18

    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 enjoy historical mysteries, and have heard good things about this series.John Pickett made his first appearance in the novella, Pickpocket's Apprentice, which told the story of how fourteen-year-old John was taken under the wing of magistrate Patrick Colquhoun and, five years later, became involved in a criminal investigation that brought him to the attention of Bow Street. Now twenty-four, John is the youngest runner on the Bow Street force, and spends his days dealing mostly with petty crimes. But an accident which sees him in the right place at the right time catapults him into a murder investigation and into the rarefied world of the ton, a world outside his experience and which he is ill-equipped to deal with.You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

  • CatBookMom
    2019-12-02 20:29

    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....

  • Kathleen Schilling
    2019-12-01 02:29

    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.

  • Joan
    2019-11-12 18:26

    "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 investigator but he is intelligent and astute, he is determined to turn over every clue to clear lady Julia form being charged, tried, and hanged for her husbands murder. The pressure is on for him to arrest Julia and wrap up the case.I adored John Pickett, he is sweet, charming, and unassuming but has great instincts needed for investigative work. Lady Julia Fieldhurst is very likeable and the Regency setting feels real and accurate. I do wonder how two people from very different social classes will be able to bridge such a gaping divide. If any author can make this work, I have faith that Cobb South can work some magic in a realistic way.This book is a well-written and entertaining historical mystery. It has the right balance of mystery, humor, and intrigue, with the romance being miniscule, the attraction was purely one-sided and from John's perspective. The author does a fantastic job of keeping to historical accuracy in plot and character development. I look forward to reading more in this wonderful series.

  • Linda
    2019-11-12 23:08

    Great beginning for the John Pickett mysteries.

  • Reader
    2019-12-01 18:23

    -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.

  • Meg
    2019-11-21 19:14

    3.5/5 Total guilty pleasure book. I can't seem to stop reading this series ;)

  • 1CheekyLass
    2019-12-06 00:27

    Story is 3.5 - 4'ish. Narration is 5.

  • Sally
    2019-12-08 18:29

    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 way around. At least there were mysteries to be solved by the Bow Street Runner, John Pickett and he was good enough to figure it out. I figured them out pretty easily myself.I very much liked John Pickett. In my mind I pictured Colin Firth (as seen in Pride and Prejudice, except with longer hair). I could not quite get a visual image of the Lady Fieldhurst in my mind. I felt a little jolted every time it referred to her as a golden-haired blonde, so I suppose I thought she ought to be a dark-haired beauty.The audiobook narrator, Joel Froomkin was pretty amazing. You'd swear it was another reader doing the female voices, as they sounded so naturally female. I did have a little problem, as a listener, with the heavy Scottish accents he used in Book 3, Family Plot, but felt that he probably did those fairly true to dialect and my ear was just not tuned in for the accents. (I was a bit curious to know if the print version had the dialect written out or if Mr. Froomkin just knew how to do them.)There is a Book 6, but I might be satisfied to imagine that the romantic couple will live happily every after.

  • Sheryl
    2019-11-13 22:09

    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 books.As far as the audiobook narration, I was not as enamored with the reader as many of the other reviewers were. I felt that his voice sounded way too old for a 24 year old main character. It threw me off a bit, making me think Pickett was much older than he was supposed to be. I eventually got used to it, but it wasn't ideal in my opinion. The reader did a very nice job using distinguishable voices between the different characters. I think his male voices were far better than his female ones (though that is often the case with male readers in general, I think). I'm not 100% sure I would listen to another in the series but I would read one in print. I suggest listening to the sample, if the voice doesn't sound too old for the character and you like it, consider giving the audio a try. Otherwise, I do recommend the book in print.**Please note that this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

  • Misti
    2019-12-08 00:34

    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 forget about it this time.

  • Debra J. Haggard
    2019-12-07 02:17

    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!

  • Louisa
    2019-12-06 21:25

    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.

  • Susan
    2019-11-26 18:33

    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.

  • Kathy Randol
    2019-11-14 23:24

    Amazing!!! A Must Read!! I truly enjoyed reading this wonderful book. Full of history, remarkable characters. Twist and turns every where. Now I'm going to spend the rest of my evening reading book two

  • Rosemary
    2019-12-02 21:11

    Sheri Cobb South is one of the better imitators of Georgette Heyer, but that's not saying much. I found this a bit crass, but it was good enough that I finished it. I liked the resolution.

  • Barbi
    2019-11-23 01:25

    Almost a 4* but not quite. Happy to discover an easy fun mystery series.

  • Jeanette Coates
    2019-11-22 02:11

    A very proper English murder mystery...

  • Stepha L
    2019-11-26 18:10

    Quick read-overall engaging and fun.

  • QNPoohBear
    2019-12-06 01:36

    Julia, Lady Fieldhurst is stuck in a loveless, childless marriage. She knows her husband is unfaithful to her but she's been faithful so far. One particular night, when her husband was expecting a visitor, she accepted the escort of Lord Rupert Latham and a little tipsy, made the decision to cuckold her husband. Before the couple can make it to the bed, they discover the lifeless body of Lord Fieldhearst lying in Lady F's chamber with her nail scissors stuck in his neck. 24-year-old John Pickett, a Bow Street Runner, is assigned the case. He's instantly smitten with Lady Fieldhurst and is positive she didn't do it. The clues don't add up to any particular suspect and if he can't solve the crime, Lady Fieldhurst will end up in Newgate or worse. This isn't a traditional Regency romance or a traditional Regency where the hero and heroine work together to solve a mystery and it isn't a cozy mystery either. It's a nice in-between genre: light romance and light mystery with more emphasis on the mystery. I couldn't put it down though I knew who the murderer was. I was wrong about the reason though. That surprised me as much as Julia. The plot is fast paced and the writing style is good. It sounds old-fashioned and there are enough period details to satisfy a Regency lover but not too many words or descriptions to confuse a newcomer to the genre. I liked Julia. I felt bad for her that her husband was such a nasty character. I wanted her to be happy, but not with Rupert. He was also a bit of a nasty character and a fortune hunter. Julia is a sympathetic character. She handles the whole murder thing quite well and makes appropriate plans for her future considering her social status and the time period. Her solution will appeal to modern readers while still being accurate. John is also a sympathetic character. He's so sweetly naive and that makes him endearing. He may be starry-eyed over Julia but he's also smart. He didn't figure out the big clue I guessed right away but that's because of his background. Julia may have been able to guess but she is also very innocent and probably wouldn't have thought of it. I like how John loves Julia but knows his place and does his job. He's a character I'd like to read more of and see a happily ever after for.

  • Patsyann
    2019-11-16 00:14

    The Pickpocket’s Apprentice must be read before this book. The history of John Pickett must be told before you can understand the main character.I was looking for a Regency Mystery with a strong male character to get me through the drought of waiting for the next paperback of the Sebastian St Cyr mystery. And I found that series.The speech in this book is very true to the Regency era in England. John Pickett, can figure out whether someone is lying by just looking at their face. He has a good memory and can remember clues. His interviewing is methodical (i.e. Columbo) and annoying, but he never gives up and he solves the mystery!!John Pickett is very moral despite his background, and that is why the prequel must be read. It is surprising to read about his values given where he came from, but he does have a father figure that has given him the opportunity to have a life and a job that he is very good at.Like Sebastian St Cyr, John Pickett has a group of people who help him solve his crimes. And there is a woman in his life that will keep me reading future books (and again spend a small fortune!!)John and Julia are my favorite couple - they are great!!!BEST USE OF: A landlady, a father figure, a Lady who is your age and is attractiveALPHA MALE 5SPUNKY HEROINE 10SOME SEX 0HEA(HAPPILY EVER AFTER) Not for the heroPROLOGUE/EPILOGUE NeitherRating System10 - on keeper shelf until it is read again!!Heat Level0 – None – not even kissingCOVER COVERS IT: Great cover!!HOLLYWOOD CALLING: This would make a great TV series. Better then the stuff they show today!!

  • Trish R.
    2019-11-24 18:37

    Another OK read..A decent mystery about who killed Lady Fieldhurst’s husband and why. John Pickett is the Bow Street runner assigned to solve that case. I liked John and Julia but they certainly didn’t belong together. Five reviewers said this was a romantic mystery. Nothing could be further from the truth. John really liked Julia but there was never a romantic thought on her part for him. There was nothing romantic about this story. If you’re looking for romance keep on looking.It was an OK story, which I seem to be stuck with lately, but I can’t see myself reading anymore from this author. I require a little bit more than “OK.” I love mysteries but I like a romantic mystery and when there’s not even a kiss, or even holding hands, that’s enough of that writer. There wasn’t one swearword so I would consider this a YA book rather than a book for adults.As to the narrator: Joel Froomkin was great. Every man had his own voice, as did the women. His women sounded exactly like women should, whether she was soft spoken, spoke French or screeched like a banshee he did an awesome job. I would listen to him again, just not this series.

  • Shelley
    2019-11-22 20:25

    This is the first book in the John Pickett series. John has advanced from a runner and this is his first real case – investigating the murder of Lord Fieldhurst. When John first meets the new widow Lady Fieldhurst he develops a crush, and he struggles with the right and wrong of this crush throughout his murder investigation.I liked John when I listened to the audio version of Pickpocket’s Apprentice and that liking grew as John follows clues and tries to save Lady Fieldhurst, who he is convinced is innocent, from the gallows. He’s young and naïve, yet determined to do the best job he can for his mentor, the magistrate and also to save Lady Fieldhust.I had my suspicions early on as to who the true murderer was. I didn’t get it quite right, but I was on the correct track. The period details lend the perfect amount of color without bogging down the story while the narrator is excellent. His accents and voices make the story shine. This story was the perfect way to fill in time while walking the dog. 4 Stars.I received an ARC of this audio book

  • Cheryl Brandt
    2019-12-07 23:32

    Oh what a fun book!Lady Julia Fieldhurst, Viscountess Fieldhurst, is stuck in a loveless, and faithless marriage. After six long years, Julia has decided that with the help of too much champagne, she will take a lover.Unfortunately, returning home with her paramour-to-be, they find her husband dead in her bed chamber.Thus begins a puzzling and amusing murder mystery that introduces us to Mr. John Pickett, of the Bow Street Runners, come to investigate the death.I found the characters amusing and occasionally irritating (so there Mrs. Caroline Bertram!). I also found the look at how things were investigated, and the view from "upper management" that the wife was of course the best, and only, suspect.The appearance of the Foreign Office as well, only serves to spice things up.This was a fun, light, very quick read. I very much enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next in what is currently a trilogy with a fourth, prequel, already released.

  • Mary B. Grove
    2019-12-07 22:07

    not right for the time, but fun Ms. South apparently didn't trouble herself to do any research on the relationship between Bow Street Runners and high society, or she would not have made so many and egregious errors. Don't look to her work for accuracy, therefore. Instead, she offers a Bow Street Runner who is actually a modern detective dressed in period clothing. She also makes a few nods toward the difference in rank between her heroine and her runner, does a reasonable job of adding some period details, and calls the result a Regency. So the book is period in its trappings, but modern at its heart, as the investigative relationship between the Viscountess and the Runner would never have happened if South had hewn closer to real Regency social mores.It's a light fun read for people who don't want or require accuracy in their period stories.

  • Simona Nielsen
    2019-11-28 20:23

    I've found another favorite whodunnit-historical-British series! I can only refer to Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie books, Rhys Bowen novels and more. This is something only British authors can do.John Pickett is now 24 yo old and a Bow Street Runner and in this book he's challenged with his first murder mystery. The story contains amazing characters and many twists and turns. It's filled with a lot of humor as well and it's very hard to put down. If you're a sucker for a cozy, Brit mystery, you don't want to miss this!Again Joel Froomkin did an amazing job with different voices and several British accents. It's like being there or watching a movie while you listen. I'm so happy to have found another great favorite narrrator!*This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rhonda K
    2019-12-05 22:36

    This is the first title in the John Pickett series. It is set in Regency England, and like the third title I happened to read before this, it is a pure delight. This is mystery and romance together although the romance is mostly wishful thinking because the two characters are from different social classes. John Pickett is a Bow Street runner and he has been summonsed to the home of Lord and Lady Fieldhurst. Lady Fieldhurst has discovered the body of her husband in her bedchamber and he is quite dead. And she is looking quite like the main suspect unfortunately. The story has just the right amount of details of Regency life to entertain and move the story along, and plenty of side characters to give a well-rounded story. I really enjoyed this and am looking forward to the next title. The fourth series title is due out this Fall.

  • Adrienne
    2019-12-09 01:21

    This novel was a pleasant surprise, a mystery novel that borrows from the Regency era of Georgette Heyer's imagination, but also supports a more modern sensibility and values. Lady Fieldhurst, unhappy spouse, and John Pickett, young Bow Street Runner, find themselves embroiled in a mystery that brings together the upper classes and the sordid London streets. Pickett is a compelling hero, a young man succeeding against the odds and his times; Lady Fieldhurst is like many a heroine of Regency romance, struggling for happiness within the confines of her very limited world.

  • Alice
    2019-11-19 21:22

    ExcellentPoor, young Bow Street Runner falls for widowed Viscountess accused of murdering her husband. Excellent plot, clues, and historical setting in Regency London. Mr. Pickett finds himself at sea when he encounters high society, their actions and gossip. But this does not confuse his sharp mind which is focused on finding the truth. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

  • Teresa
    2019-11-11 20:13

    3.5 stars 1st in a series. Bow Street Runner John Pickett gets summoned to the bedroom of Lady Fieldhurst, where she and her male companion have stumbled over her husband's dead body. It's up to him to prove she didn't do it, even though pretty much all of society condemns her as guilty. Taken with the Lady's charms, he is determined to clear her name.