The John Chase/Penelope Wolfe
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READER'S GUIDE TO THE
JOHN CHASE/PENELOPE WOLFE
CHAPTERS 1-3 OF
THE ROSE IN THE WHEEL
"S.K. Rizzolo's Regency London recalls the late Kate Ross's work in its depth of period detail. Vivid characterization, compelling narrative, and surprising plot twists--immensely satisfying."
–Stephanie Barron, author of the Jane Austen mysteries
Author of the John Chase/Penelope Wolfe Regency Mysteries
"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...Rizzolo provides oddly relevant mystery fare..."
"Like the best historical mystery authors, Rizzolo is scrupulously accurate and uses her setting as much more than window dressing. The class-conscious society of Regency London acts almost as a foil to the sleuthing efforts of Chase and Wolfe... A natural for fans of Stephanie Barron’s Jane Austen series."
–Barbara Bibel for Booklist
"History and 1813 London come alive in this powerful saga, highly recommended for fans of historical mysteries who are looking for a combination of powerful history background and involving plot."
–Midwest Book Review
"From the rigid, prim-and-proper rules of society to the seamier sides of the city, Rizzolo vividly brings to life the world of Regency London."
–Historical Novel Society
"How can you instantly plunge a person back into the world of a woman trying to earn a precarious living as a writer in 1811 London? S.K. Rizzolo does it elegantly and effectively..."
– Dick Adler, The Chicago Tribune
"The sights, sounds, and smells of Regency London streets, markets, parks, famous buildings and neighborhoods are vividly illustrated. The period speech patterns ring true. Notable is Rizzolo's portrayal of the wide gulf between the rich and poor, the powerful and the weak."
-Women in World History Curriculum
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