Death of a Colonial by Bruce Alexander
(Sir John Fielding Mysteries)

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Eighteenth-century London judge Sir John Fielding returns in the sixth of Alexander's highly praised mysteries.

Consistently hailed as "wonderful" (The New York Times Book Review), "first-rate" (The Boston Globe), and "altogether much fun" (The Washington Post), the Fielding mysteries are a magical combination of period ambiance, vivid characterization, and intriguing plotlines. Now the blind magistrate embarks upon the most puzzling of all his cases.

A nobleman, the last of his line, is executed, and his possessions set to go to the Crown, when his younger brother, missing for seven years, suddenly reappears to stake his claim. But where has he been? Why does his mother react to him so oddly? And what connection does this case have to the suicide by hanging of an American in London? To find the answers, Sir John and his ward, Jeremy, must travel from London to Bath to Oxford--and finally to a much darker place.
 

About Bruce Alexander

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Bruce Alexander was the pseudonym for Bruce Cook, the well-known author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction. When Alexander died in late 2003, he had completed most of Rules of Engagement, leaving behind notes on how the remainder of the story was to unfold. The novel has been completed by John Shannon and Alexander's wife, Judith Aller. Shannon himself is the author of four novels as well as six books in the highly praised Jack Liffey mystery series, most recently Terminal Island.
 
Published September 13, 1999 by Putnam Adult. 275 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Effectively combining the formality of 18th-century London with lively storytelling, the pseudonymous Alexander weds a tale of brutal robberies to the famous Somerset case, which revealed the many inconsistencies of British law as applied to slaves and slave ownership, in this latest outing for b...

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This book is 5th in Alexander's series that featuring Sir John Fielding, the blind judge who founded the Bow Street Runners (forerunners of London's Police ).

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