The Duke's agent

The Duke s agent Returning soldier Raif Jarrett is seeking a quiet life But when he is sent to Woolbridge to settle affairs after the sudden death of the Duke of Penrith s steward Jarrett uncovers a network of crime

  • Title: The Duke's agent
  • Author: Rebecca Jenkins
  • ISBN: 9781860661099
  • Page: 375
  • Format: None
  • Returning soldier Raif Jarrett is seeking a quiet life But when he is sent to Woolbridge to settle affairs after the sudden death of the Duke of Penrith s steward, Jarrett uncovers a network of crime and corruption lurking in the sleepy Durham town.Jarrett s investigation is thwarted at every turn by the town s powerful and much feared magistrate, Mr Justice Raistrick WhReturning soldier Raif Jarrett is seeking a quiet life But when he is sent to Woolbridge to settle affairs after the sudden death of the Duke of Penrith s steward, Jarrett uncovers a network of crime and corruption lurking in the sleepy Durham town.Jarrett s investigation is thwarted at every turn by the town s powerful and much feared magistrate, Mr Justice Raistrick When a vivacious local beauty dies in tragic and mysterious circumstances, Jarrett is accused of her murder and has to fight for his life as he desperately seeks to uncover the truth.

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    1. I did like this historical mystery by Rebecca Jenkins, though it was on the light side for my tastes. The protagonist, Mr. Raiff Frederick Jarrett, has returned to England after serving King George III, most recently in Portugal and Spain. He arrives in Woolbridge acting as the Duke of Penrith's agent. The Duke's previous steward recently died and it seems there may be some irregularities with the Duke's accounts. After a little investigating it's obvious to Jarrett that something underhanded is [...]

    2. THE DUKE’S AGENT (Hist. Mys-Raif Jarrett-England-1811/Georgian/Regency) – VG+Jenkins, Rebecca – 1st in seriesQuercus, 1997, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 1847242782First Sentence: It was an early evening in late July.”Raif Jarrett has been sent by the Duke of Penrith to the town of Durham. The Duke’s agent has died and Raif has been asked to look over the records and the state of the Duke’s what should be, lucrative holding. Raif arrives to find the Agent’s house in terrible condition, hi [...]

    3. Originally published on my blog here in September 2000.Like Anne Perry's Victorian novels, but not to the same exaggerated extent, The Duke's Agent presents something of the disreputable side of a historical period, in this case Georgian England. Here we have absentee landlords, dishonest magistrates, and the unpleasant tallyman, who was basically an unscrupulous debt collector who preyed on the poor.When his steward there dies, the Duke of Penrith orders an audit into the estates he owns in the [...]

    4. The promise of this book was a Telegraph review and Historical Fiction Soc review on the coverows you should never go by those.This is a beautifully written book, indeed lyrical in the description of the periodd the promise of a Duke's Agent who isn't an all out toff investigatingwell, I never found out what as it was dull.This writer drives the 18th century coach and all the horses through the rules of creative writing and keeping a reader's interesrt the points of view jump around isn't clear [...]

    5. This was quite enjoyable, but not as good as I hoped it was going to be. There was Point of View confusion a couple of times. It's in third person omniscient, which is fine, except when it's a bit confusing. Also, too much felt unresolved at the end.Some of the supporting characters were kind of cliche, but the main characters are interesting and the hero Jarrett is generally likeable. There's a good sense of place and I didn't spot any obvious historical innacuracies to pull me out of the story [...]

    6. The author is described as "an early fan" of Georgette Heyer's Regency novels. I suspect that may be intended to mean that she was a fan from a young age, rather than one of Heyer's first fans. The book is quite enjoyable, and shows the Heyer lineage. I enjoyed the characters and the setting; the story was unremarkable but in no way bad. It's clearly the first in a series, and I will happily read the next one.

    7. I liked this, but it was a tad confusing at times. No idea what I was expecting; it came across as something of a modern imitation of Thomas Hardy (lots of atmosphere and detail about everything, including people who wouldn't ultimately matter), but in the end, the story was pretty good and had lots of nice twists. Got the main sub-plot pretty early on (no spoilers), but that's OK. Will try her next!

    8. I'd quite like to give this 3.5 stars because I didn't really expect to like it that much but I did. I saw the author at a 'meet the author' event and found her interesting but the Georgian period isn't usually my thing. However, I enjoyed her style of writing, found the characters interesting (if not particularly deep) and the plot unfolded satisfactorily. A nice, light read.

    9. Although the writing style of this book was somewhat too ornate for my taste, it left me wondering if there were any more books about these characters, maybe a series Found a second book, but not at my library, so I have to buy it :( Hope it's as good as the first, both rated 4 1/2 stars, so it should be!

    10. The backslap of the book suggests the writer took inspiration from reading Georgette Heyer. She obviously didn't take enough of it. I found The Duke's Agent somewhat overwritten and heavy on what the author seems to consider atmosphere. It was sadly lacking in winning characters.

    11. Stylish historical mystery with well-defined characters and a clear sense of time and place, set in Northumberland in the early nineteenth century.Review: carlanayland/reviews/d

    12. She does a really good job of creating wonderful visuals of the past, but the storyline wasn't really that exciting or surprising. I still enjoyed it thoroughly and will read more as they come along (apparently it's to be part of a series).

    13. I must have read this before, because it all seemed very familiar, but I have no recollection of doing so. Still, a solid historical mystery.

    14. Regency period mystery. Good detail and storytelling. It had unusual pacing, not slow, just patient. A good winter evening's read.

    15. Yeah, it's good! Very local to here which is nice too. Good characters.Author talk in Hartlepool Library (plug plug) a couple of weeks ago - liked her!

    16. It was very good book. The characters were great and I hope someday Ms. Jenkins will write more adventures for her characters.

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