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    S K Rizzolo(Author)

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This well imagined, carefully detailed, and cleverly plotted debut is set in 1811 London.

Regency London knows Constance Tyrone as the conspicuously celibate founder of the St. Catherine Society, dedicated to helping poor women. One wet November evening a carriage mows down Constance outside her office. Curiously, while her corpse's one foot is bare, the other is shod in a clean satin slipper despite the muddy road. Why was a gentlewoman abroad in the night? And if she died under the wheel, whose hands bruised her neck and stole her monogrammed crucifix?

Dismissing the idea of an accident, Bow Street Runner John Chase forms an unlikely alliance with Penelope Wolfe, wife of the chief suspect. A young mother paying the price for an imprudent marriage, Penelope is eager to clear her husband Jeremy, a feckless portrait painter whose salacious drawings of the victim suggest an erotic interest. Chase's first task is to learn the identity of the mysterious benefactor who goes bail for Wolfe while Penelope traces the victim's last movements. Barrister Edward Buckler, intrigued, shakes off his habitual lethargy and joins their investigation. As horrifying murders on the Ratcliffe Highway claim all London's attention, the trio discovers that it won't be easy to unravel the enigma of Constance Tyrone, a woman who revives the legend of martyred St. Catherine.

Set in Regency London, this thoughtful and thought-provoking debut offers a large cast of characters and a wealth of historical detail in a tale of murder, intrigue and the 19th-century English justice system. When a young lady well known for her work among the destitute women of Soho is found dead, presumably run over by a hansom cab, John Chase of the Bow Street Runners investigates. Chase discovers strangulation marks on Miss Tyrone, and at first, evidence points to Jeremy Wolfe, an artist whose drawings of Miss Tyrone in the guise of St. Catherine cause a sensation in the courtroom. Wolfe's wife, Penelope, joins forces with Chase and the attorneys Thorogood and Buckler to clear Wolfe and uncover the real culprit. But readers likely won't simply ask whodunit; they'll also seek answers to a number of questions the book leaves unanswered. Why, for example, does Penelope want to pursue Miss Tyrone's charitable work when such work exposes her to disease and she has a child of her own to support? What is the nature of Buckler's strange malaise? Solid research particularly into the forensic technology of the day centers the book, but the faintly sketched background characters and the dream sequences that herald the denouement fail to advance the plot and seem ill-considered in comparison. At a time when the fear of infectious disease has reentered the collective conscious with a new intensity, Rizzolo provides oddly relevant mystery fare in this talented but uneven first novel. Regency London has become a popular setting for historical mysteries. This debut featuring Bow Street Runner John Chase has lots of historical detail and period color to complement an engaging plot. In December 1811, while the Ratcliffe Highway murderer is terrorizing London, heiress and philanthropist Constance Tyrone, founder of the St. Catherine Society, is run over by a hackney coach. One of her jeweled satin slippers and a gold crucifix are missing. The apparent accident becomes suspicious when the coroner notes bruises on the victim's neck. When artist Jeremy Wolfe is arrested for the murder, his wife, Penelope, sets out to prove his innocence. Working with Chase, she sorts through a tangled web of relationships involving the victim's family, well-placed politicians, clergy, and a surgeon. Readers will enter the courtrooms of Old Bailey, St. Thomas Hospital, and various seamy London pubs as the sleuths attempt to discover what really happened. This is a well-crafted tale that will please fans of T. F. Banks' similar Thief Taker: Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner [BKL S 1 01]. Barbara BibelCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • PDF | 250 pages
  • S K Rizzolo(Author)
  • Poisoned Pen Press; Reprint edition (October 2, 2012)
  • English
  • 4
  • Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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  • By Elf2060 on August 8, 2017

    3.75 stars“The Rose in the Wheel: A Regency Mystery” by S. K. Rizzolo features Penelope Wolfe, a young mother during the early 19th century, who becomes enmeshed in a murder investigation when her errant husband is named the chief suspect. John Chase, a Bow Street Runner, methodically searches for clues, but his efforts are compromised by the lack of cooperation and the disdain with which many regard his profession. An unlikely team of investigators comprised of folks from many strata of life slowly unearths pivotal information…but will it be in time to bring the perpetrator to justice, or will even more victims succumb first?This slowly building mystery maintains the decorum and tendency of the society of this period while detailing the challenges and advances taking place at this time. The author’s research provides depth to the story that starts with the discovery of a genteel philanthropist’s body and gradually expands to encompass issues such as single motherhood and other women’s issues, scientific experimentation, and the judicial system. Those who are disturbed by shifting points of view are advised that the action does switch between several characters and there are multiple folks who appear as the story progresses, so one might want to take notes since it gets a little confusing at times.I enjoyed the atmosphere that is richly established as well as the intriguing twists and turns that trail red herrings or provide a different perspective about some of the details that are received. I’m a little puzzled about Penelope’s marriage, and this story definitely reminds me of the hard-won advances in women’s rights that have been made over the years. I love mysteries that gradually unfold, and I think the author did a great job of creating a layered story that will appeal to those who love historical tales that bring to life the culture and mores of a particular era. Both the main characters and many of the secondary characters are intriguing and I suspect several may well-deservedlyfigure in subsequent stories.A copy of this title was provided to me for review

  • By LAS Reviewer on August 8, 2017

    I absolutely LOVE English mysteries– movies, books, TV shows — you name it, I’m willing to give it a shot. So when thihs book became available to review, I jumped at it, and I’m so very glad I did.With it being a debut novel, I was prepared for a few issues and, with it also being the first book in a series, there was the very good chance that it might be a little slow in places as the author introduces her characters. What a surprise when none of those expectations came to pass. The book kept me intrigued to the point where anytime I had a few minutes, I picked my reader up to read another few pages.The characters are wonderfully drawn, and I really enjoyed the chemistry between them. I’m looking forward to reading more and seeing how their relationships grow in future books. One of my very favorites is Penelope’s daughter, Sarah. Children are sometimes hard to capture, but she is just adorable.The pacing moved right along without feeling rushed, and the mystery itself was very neatly solved with true detection and “putting the puzzle together-ness” that was refreshing. Often a mystery will be solved through a series of coincidences and pure luck, and it’s not the case here. All the clues are there for the reader to see, and this reader was surprised at the culprit. Always the mark of a good mystery, in my book.I would love to see this series wind up on BBC (are you listening?)… it’s that good.I’ve already downloaded the next book in the series, and I can wait to jump back in the world of Chase, Wolfe, and Buckler. Kudos, Ms. Rizzolo– you are now on my auto-buy list, so I hope you have many more books in store for us.originally posted at long and short reviews

  • By Nancy Allen (The Avid Reader) on August 31, 2017

    On a dreary cold and rainy night a woman lies dead in the middle of the street run down by a carriage with only one white clean shoe and bruises on her neck. Was she run down or was she murdered?The wife, Penelope Wolfe, of the main suspect, Jeremy Wolf, is trying to figure out what happened to that poor woman and with any luck find, the real killer and clear her estranged husband’s name.Runner John Chase is also on the case investigating what may have happened to Constance Tyrone. With a slew of characters to interview John is on the case to find out what happened on that dreary night so that Constance can tell her story.When I was reading The Rose in the Wheel it was like watching a movie I could just picture the carriages rumbling down the street and hear the house’s hoofs clopping a long in the London fog.It was a slow going in but the more I turned the pages the faster the story went. If you like a good mystery set in historical times then The Rose in the Wheel is just the book for you.


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