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Preparing to become a father for the very first time, Apothecary John Rawlings leaves the heavily pregnant Emilia occupied with maternal matters and turns his attention to his business, rather neglected of late. Working in the shop one early afternoon, John is taken aback when a middle-aged stranger rushes in through the door looking panic-stricken. The man is not seekingPreparing to become a father for the very first time, Apothecary John Rawlings leaves the heavily pregnant Emilia occupied with maternal matters and turns his attention to his business, rather neglected of late. Working in the shop one early afternoon, John is taken aback when a middle-aged stranger rushes in through the door looking panic-stricken. The man is not seeking a cure for a terrible ailment, however, but a place to hide. John agrees and a moment or two later a formidable woman comes to the counter enquiring if the Apothecary has seen anyone answering the description of the stranger he has in his back room. Honoring his promise to the man, John sends her on her way and, intrigued, goes to question the fellow. The man's name is Aidan Fenchurch and his pursuer is Mrs. Ariadne Bussell, a former lover who is reluctant to give up the chase. So reluctant, in fact, that she has been shadowing him for years. Feeling sympathy for Aidan, John agrees to do him a good turn, but is shocked when a few days later the man is dead, ostensibly the result of a street robbery. Suspicious, Sir John Fielding sends the Flying Runners to arrest Mrs Bussell. However, the lady is taken ill in the coach and before she can be thoroughly questioned she dies. The Apothecary recognises the signs of fatal poisoning. Soon there are more victims, some poisoned and some killed by less subtle methods. John Rawlings embarks on a journey that leads him to the Surrey countryside in search of answers to be greeted by some familiar faces......

Title : Death in the Valley of Shadows
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ISBN : 9780749083700
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 303 Pages
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Death in the Valley of Shadows Reviews

  • Matthew Barnes
    2018-11-16 17:12

    I really do enjoy this kind of book as some light reading. No reason to dislike the book.My full review can be found here: booksmjb.blogspot.com/2016/02/death-i...

  • Chris
    2018-11-07 18:07

    A suspenseful whodunit with imaginative characters that leaves you guessing until the end. Set in Regency England, it's a good example of historical mystery. Enjoyable read!

  • LJ
    2018-10-20 19:16

    First Sentence: What a morning it had been.Apothecary John Rawlings is surprised when a man, Aidan Fenchurch, runs into his shop asking to be hidden from his former mistress. Once the very unpleasant woman is gone, Fenchurch is pleased to hear John also assists Sir John Fielding, magistrate of Bow Street and asks that John keep a document accusing the woman should he suddenly die. Fenchurch is murdered on his doorstep that night but his is only the first of many deaths with each new suspect dying before the killer can be identified by John and Bow Street.Ms Lake has a clear and wonderful voice and writes with delightful humour. Her descriptions are so visual, you want to pack and go, yet so filled with background information, such as the scene with the salesman for sheaths and cundums, as to make you an informed traveler. The details of social behavior and custom, as well as the syntax and cadence of dialogue define the story’s place and time. It is those extra details which enrich the story and add to the experience of reading it. John is a character who has grown with the series. No longer a somewhat callow, but talented young man, he is now a mature and very responsible man who has a remarkably understanding wife. I particularly like his honesty to his wife and to himself, as to why he works with Bow Street. Joe Jaco, first officer to Sir John Fielding (the Blind Beak), of Bow Street is an intriguing character, and one about whom we learn a bit more with each book. Although the author provides sufficient back story on the principal characters for readers new to the series, I recommend reading the series in order. There is an excellent balance to the story between John’s life with his family and friends, internal musings, medical knowledge and information, and the drama and suspense of the investigation. The pacing and flow are very well done, fluctuating between highs and lows. The level of suspense increases to a very dramatic ending. Even the characters comment on the case having a Shakespearean feel in the number of bodies that accumulates. Only toward the end did I begin to suspect the killer. I am an admitted fan of this series and this is another very good contribution to it. As I’m reading the series in order, it’s nice to know I’ve many more books ahead.DEATH IN THE VALLEY OF SHADOWS (Hist Mys-John Rawlings-England-Georgian) – VG+Lake, Deryn – 9th in series Allison & Busby, ©2003, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0749006412[image error]

  • Toni
    2018-10-26 17:08

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review."Death in the Valley of Shadows" is the 9th Deryn Lake mystery set in Georgian England. The series features John Rawlings, now married and expecting his first child. The story certainly can stand alone, yet it is an added enjoyment to read the books somewhat in order to see John mature and grow both as a person and in his chosen profession as an apothecary. John is peacefully working at his Piccadilly shop when a stranger, Aidan Fenchurch, rushes in looking to hide from an angry ex-mistress, Mrs. Bussell, who is hard on his heels. John hides Fenchurch and sends Mrs. Bussell on her way. Before leaving, believing he is in danger from Mrs. Bussell, Fenchurch leaves documents with John. They detail his former paramour’s questionable behavior vis-vis Fenchurch over the years. That very evening Fenchurch is bludgeoned to death outside his home. On hearing this news, with Fenchurch’s paper’s in hand, John involves his good friend, magistrate John Fielding. The story takes off, with many twists and turns, and John Rawlings in the thick of events, trying to find the murderer and prevent further deaths. The main characters are well developed and easy to like, or dislike, as the case may be. Rawlings’ friendship with John Fielding, the Blind Beak of Bow Street, London, adds interest and historical depth to the story. Joe Jaco, Fielding’s first officer, adds another perspective of the times and is quite the character himself. All in all, the reader is treated to a complicated mystery amidst life in 18th century London. A side trip to the Surrey countryside is a nice contrast and evokes that part of the country beautifully. Again, Deryn Lake has written a story well worth reading. (less) "

  • Bernadette Long
    2018-11-14 17:12

    I received a copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Once again John Rawlings, the Apothecary, is involved in a murder mystery in Georgian England, and uses all of his observational skills to solve the murder of a man he only recently met. The story unfolds in a logical sequence and is filled with many twists but all comes together in a satisfying way at the end.

  • Eileen Hall
    2018-11-07 13:30

    Another exciting story featuring John Rawlings the Apothecary.I love her stories set in Georgian London. Deryn Lake is a writer who gets under the skin of the characters of this era.The cover illustrations are great also!Very highly recommended.I was given a digital copy of this novel by the publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review which I am happy to give.

  • Leyla Johnson
    2018-10-23 12:15

    Deryn Lake has a wonderful feeling for the time, his books always sit well in history and this book is no exception. This story had many red herrings and it moved left, right and upside down with the mystery. Just when I thought I had it sorted, something else popped up. Never a dull moment - with a little romance thrown in at the end. I am always pleased with books written by Deryn Lake.