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My daughter and I have read all of the Sir John Fielding novels and were heartbroken when we heard that Bruce Alexander had died Read all of them, in order, and you will be so happy Another series of books that are somewhat similar are the Sebastian St Cyr novels by C.S Harris Again, a series that needs to be read in order Still yet another series that you will enjoy of this type are the Lady Julia Grey books Silent as the Grave etc by Deanna Raybourn are fabulous.Whew all of these won My daughter and I have read all of the Sir John Fielding novels and were heartbroken when we heard that Bruce Alexander had died Read all of them, in order, and you will be so happy Another series of books that are somewhat similar are the Sebastian St Cyr novels by C.S Harris Again, a series that needs to be read in order Still yet another series that you will enjoy of this type are the Lady Julia Grey books Silent as the Grave etc by Deanna Raybourn are fabulous.Whew all of these wonderful books have just popped into my mind You will love them all Actual rating 3.5 stars I was pleasantly surprised at this one usually an era I m not interested in This was the first volume in an enjoyable mystery series, with Sir John Fielding, 18th century blind magistrate and founder of the Bow Street Runners, and his helper , 13 year old Jeremy Proctor, who narrates the cases This is a classic locked room mystery, with the revelation of the villain revealed in Sir John s gathering all the suspects together in the same room Lord Goodhope commits suicide, but Jeremy s not I was pleasantly surprised at this one usually an era I m not interested in This was the first volume in an enjoyable mystery series, with Sir John Fielding, 18th century blind magistrate and founder of the Bow Street Runners, and his helper , 13 year old Jeremy Proctor, who narrates the cases This is a classic locked room mystery, with the revelation of the villain revealed in Sir John s gathering all the suspects together in the same room Lord Goodhope commits suicide, but Jeremy s notice of the appearance of his hands reveal that it has been a murder doubly so, first by gunshot a doctor s autopsy suspects the presence of poison by the lord s discolored tongue then the examination of the body itself reveals it Sir John and Jeremy investigate Sir John s mind is a steel trap His other senses are highly developed to compensate for his blindness the man is astute, as well as fair and just.I liked the faux 18th century language used in the narration I got a flavor of the way folks might have spoken back then, but it was uncomplicated and not flowery The chain of motivations leading to the solution did seem implausible at times I d like to read other volumes in the series Highly recommended I started this new to me series on the recommendations of several friends, and I really enjoyed it The basic premise involves a young orphan, newly arrived in London, being brought before the magistrate on what was a scam However, the magistrate, Sir John Fielding, sees right through the plot and after freeing young Jeremy Proctor, takes him into his home until an apprenticeship can be found for him.I did not know much about the real Sir John Fielding, but he is so vividly described here in th I started this new to me series on the recommendations of several friends, and I really enjoyed it The basic premise involves a young orphan, newly arrived in London, being brought before the magistrate on what was a scam However, the magistrate, Sir John Fielding, sees right through the plot and after freeing young Jeremy Proctor, takes him into his home until an apprenticeship can be found for him.I did not know much about the real Sir John Fielding, but he is so vividly described here in the novel that I found myself researching him after I finished reading the book The author mentions his role in founding the Bow Street Runners, as well as his blindness resulting from an accident in the Navy Both of these facts are well used throughout the story, as Jeremy finds himself essentially being trained to serve as Fielding s observer in an investigation.Much of the story focuses on Fielding and Jeremy s investigation of what appears at first to be the suicide of a dissolute aristocrat However, Jeremy s observations soon convince Fielding that this is murder instead of suicide and the two find themselves trying to unravel a most tricky locked room mystery There are plenty of people who had motive to want the victim gone, but difficult to see how any one of them could have accomplished the deed.The mystery certainly held my interest However, much of what I loved about this story came from the narration The story is told in first person by Jeremy Proctor, some decades after the events took place His ability to observe small but important details shows through in the story, as does a certain amount of compassion for those he observes His developing friendship with Fielding and the various members of the household made me enjoy the time I spent in the world of this book, and I know I will visit again [ READ PDF ] ☧ Blind Justice ☸ Now in trade paperback, the very first John Fielding historical mystery Falsely charged of theft inLondon, thirteen year old orphaned printer s apprentice Jeremy Proctor finds his only hope in the legendary Sir John Fielding Fielding, founder of the Bow Street Runners police force, then recruits young Jeremy in his mission to fight London s most wicked crimes Alexander has written a mystery featuring a real historical figure Sir John Fielding was a celebrated magistrate in 18th century London Blinded in a navy accident, he presided over the Bow Street Court, and was known for his ability to recognize criminals by the sound of their voices He was also instrumental in founding London s first professional police force, the Bow Street Runners.Alexander s novel relies on a young narrator Thirteen year old Jeremy Proctor is an orphan who arrives in Lon Alexander has written a mystery featuring a real historical figure Sir John Fielding was a celebrated magistrate in 18th century London Blinded in a navy accident, he presided over the Bow Street Court, and was known for his ability to recognize criminals by the sound of their voices He was also instrumental in founding London s first professional police force, the Bow Street Runners.Alexander s novel relies on a young narrator Thirteen year old Jeremy Proctor is an orphan who arrives in London and is the victim of scam artist who makes a living catching thieves Sir John sees through the plot and offers to help Jeremy find a suitable position But a locked room murder demands immediate attention, and Jeremy proves his worth as an assistant to Sir John.I loved the characters in this book, and found myself looking up various references to real people to getback story Alexander paints a vivid picture of 18th century London and the many injustices that her poor endured Jeremy is a wonderful narrator intelligent, studious, dedicated, eager to please, and observant The supporting cast is top notch, especially Mr Bailey, one of the constables in the Bow Street Runners Mrs Gredge, the housekeeper and Mr Donnelly, an Irish surgeon There are several suspects and a few twists that keep the reader guessing I ll readof this series A very good first entry in the Sir John Fielding Mystery Series Based on the Historical figure who began the forerunner of the London police department, this series alleges to follow some of the trials of this blind London Magistrate It is a very interesting premise, and this first book sets up Sir John as a kindly, beloved and yet authoritative figure, one who takes the narrator of the series into his home after he was falsely accused of theft Set in the mid 1700 s this is a fascinating peri A very good first entry in the Sir John Fielding Mystery Series Based on the Historical figure who began the forerunner of the London police department, this series alleges to follow some of the trials of this blind London Magistrate It is a very interesting premise, and this first book sets up Sir John as a kindly, beloved and yet authoritative figure, one who takes the narrator of the series into his home after he was falsely accused of theft Set in the mid 1700 s this is a fascinating period of time and the author has done enough research so that you really get a feeling for the time period This first case is an enjoyable mystery dealing with the death of a member of the House of Lords The plot is interesting with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing as to how Lord Goodhope met his demise The narrator at this point of the series is 13 year old Jeremy Proctor and that fact helps enhance the mystery and the plot since young Jeremy had just arrived in London when accused of theft The case is seen through the eyes of the 13 year old, even though the narrator writes these tales as an old gentleman Well done, and already have the next two in the series I can already tell that I will wish there werethan 11 books in the series I would really give this book 3.5 stars It was an intriguing mystery told from the viewpoint of a character recounting his experience with a blind magistrate, Sir John Fielding Historically, Fielding is one of the men who started the Bow Street Runners and was the half brother of Henry Fielding, novelist At the start Jeremy Proctor, the narrator, is 13 and just come to London after the loss of both parents He is brought before Sir John on false charges of theft, which Sir John recognizes and I would really give this book 3.5 stars It was an intriguing mystery told from the viewpoint of a character recounting his experience with a blind magistrate, Sir John Fielding Historically, Fielding is one of the men who started the Bow Street Runners and was the half brother of Henry Fielding, novelist At the start Jeremy Proctor, the narrator, is 13 and just come to London after the loss of both parents He is brought before Sir John on false charges of theft, which Sir John recognizes and quickly frees Jeremy Having nowhere to go, Sir John puts him up in his attic room and then ends up using him to help with the investigation into the gruesome death of Lord Goodhope Sir John may be blind, but his other senses are very sharp and his memory is long It had an fun mix of characters from all over London and the traditional solving of the mystery by bringing all the main characters together to reveal the real villain Reminded of my Nero Wolfe reads Hard to find the rest of the books, but I will try I enjoyed the characters and would like to readof them Blind Justice Hist Jeremy John Fielding London Georgian VGAlexander, Bruce 1st in seriesPutnam, 2005, US HardcoverI am fascinated by books about the Bow Street Runners and early police procedures in England Alexander has clearly done his research as his book is rich with detail of life in Georgian England His characters are wonderful and Jeremy very well drawn I shall definitely be readingof this series. 4.5 stars I ll be reading this whole series I thoroughly enjoy well written historical mysteries, and that fits that niche perfectly London, 1768