Blind Justice (Sir John Fielding Mysteries)
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"Having often been asked to commit to print these memories of my association with the late Sir John Fielding, the celebrated magistrate of the Bow Street Court, I now set pen to paper for the first time..."
In 1768, thirteen-year-old Jeremy Proctor arrives in London, a city bustling with gamblers, prositutes, and thieves. Certainly no place for an orphan, and trouble wastes no time in finding him. Arrested on a trumped-up charge of theft, Jeremy's only salvation is the compassion and wisdom of Sir John Fielding, the founder of the Bow Street Runners, renowned for his skills as a detective, and who, most impressively accomplished it all without a sense of sight.
When a baffling "locked room" murder rocks London, Fielding is called upon to investigate - but not before he engages the services of an unlikely but uncanny new partner in Jeremy, a lad instrumental in helping to illuminate the dark feats of detection.
This book is promised in the wishlist tag game, so will soon be off to a new home. Many thanks to Eponine38, who had this on her wishlist and so "forced me" to read it sooner, rather than later :)
[Glad I played a part in getting it read quickly :-)!]
Oh, I do like historical mysteries, as they are a great way to learn about the lives and times of people who actually existed. And this one is outstanding. I could not put it down, and the clever ending (reminiscent of Agatha Christie) did not disappoint!
Blind magistrate of the Bow Street Court, Sir John Fielding, is called to investigate a locked-room murder in an elegant home. He has recently taken on an orphaned thirteen year old lodger, Jeremy, who has just arrived in London. He serves as Sir John’s eyes and more as they untangle this baffling and complicated case. As narrator, Jeremy provides a unique perspective on the action, especially since he is recounting it years later and now understands some things that he could not at the time.
I had never heard of Sir John Fielding (history not my strong suit!) and found him to be an interesting and admirable character. As a magistrate, he is fair, and as a landlord and mentor he is kind, though occasionally inscrutable. In spite of the sad personal issue of his dying wife, he remains steady in his work. His blindness has sharpened his other senses – he recognizes voices with amazing accuracy, and can intuit a person’s demeanor and feelings without benefit of sight.
The other characters, both fictional and real, are well developed, including the servants of the “murder house”. And the less-than-complimentary portrayal of James Boswell was intriguing and prompted me to read more about him via a google search. It’s wonderful when even a work of fiction prompts further research!
I loved the descriptions of 18th-century London, especially the Covent Garden area where much of the action is situated, and the narrow streets and mews.
I only wish that maryzee could know how much I enjoyed this series debut - one of the best books I’ve read in some time. Highly recommended!
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