The Barrister and the Letter of Marque

Posted September 22, 2021 by thebeccafiles in Book Review / 2 Comments

The Barrister and the Letter of MarqueThe Barrister and the Letter of Marque by Todd M. Johnson
Published by Bethany House on August 3, 2021
Genres: Fiction / Christian / Historical, Fiction / Legal, Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback
Rating: five-stars
Source: Bethany House Publishers

I received this book for free through Bethany House Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

As a barrister in 1818 London, William Snopes has witnessed firsthand the danger of only the wealthy having their voices heard, and he's a strong advocate who defends the poorer classes against the powerful. That changes the day a struggling heiress, Lady Madeleine Jameson, arrives at his door.

In a last-ditch effort to save her faltering estate, Lady Jameson invested in a merchant brig, the Padget. The ship was granted a rare privilege by the king's regent: a Letter of Marque authorizing the captain to seize the cargo of French traders operating illegally in the Indian Sea. Yet when the Padget returns to London, her crew is met by soldiers ready to take possession of their goods and arrest the captain for piracy. And the Letter--the sole proof his actions were legal--has mysteriously vanished.

Moved by the lady's distress, intrigued by the Letter, and goaded by an opposing solicitor, Snopes takes the case. But as he delves deeper into the mystery, he learns that the forces arrayed against Lady Jameson, and now himself, are even more perilous than he'd imagined.

"The Barrister and the Letter of Marque combines the intrigue of John Grisham, the vibrant world of Charles Dickens, and a mystery worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. . . . This richly historical and lively paced story has all the makings of a modern classic."--JOCELYN GREEN, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City

"At once atmospheric and gripping, Johnson's latest is a luminous and refreshing new offering in inspirational historical fiction."--RACHEL MCMILLAN, author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code

"A fascinating glimpse into a Regency London readers seldom see."--ROSEANNA M. WHITE, bestselling author of Edwardian fiction

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My Review:

Oh goodness, I don’t know where to start but I really enjoyed this one! Before I started reading a few friends of mine said that it had a bit of a slow start but then they really liked how it all came together in the end. So when I started reading I expected that to be the case, but honestly I didn’t have any trouble with this one keeping my attention the whole way through. There was quite a cast of characters, and it was a bit difficult keeping some of them straight in the beginning, but they were also necessary for the complexity of the mystery as it unfolded. An unquenchable need to know is what kept the pages turning and I liked that it kept me guessing instead of putting all the pieces together prematurely. Each of the POVs were well developed and while they had their own personal conflicts to deal with, it was all able to tie into the plot and keep it moving forward. I really enjoyed this read and highly recommend to fellow mystery fans!

*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.

five-stars

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