Rules of Engagement (Sir John Fielding Series #11)

Rules of Engagement (Sir John Fielding Series #11)

by Bruce Alexander


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"Richly detailed fiction…storytelling in the grand classic tradition."—The New York Times
"Fascinating and impeccably written . . . should delight old fans and new readers."—Chicago Tribune
"Triumphant."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
When Lord Lammermoor plunges to his death from Westminster Bridge before a dozen witnesses, his death is ruled a suicide. But his fatal leap coincides with the arrival of Dr. Goldsworthy—a student of the famous Dr. Anton Mesmer and his research into animal magnetism. Sir John’s suspicions grow when he learns that Goldsworthy’s patron in London is none other than the beautiful Lady Lammermoor. And the deeper Jeremy investigates the Lammermoor family, the more suspects he discovers who stand to gain from Lord Lammermoor’s death.
"A wonderful series."—The Washington Post Book World

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399152429
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 03/03/2005
Series: Sir John Fielding Series , #11
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.34(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Bruce Alexander is the pseudonym for a well-known author of fiction and nonfiction. The books in his series include Blind Justice; Murder in Grub Street (named by the New York Times Book Review as a notable book in 1995); Watery Grave; Person or Persons Unknown (named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the best novels of 1997); Jack, Knave and Fool; and Death of a Colonial.

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Rules of Engagement (Sir John Fielding Series #11) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy reading Bruce Alexander, and especially the John Fielding series. A very enjoyable and easy read.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
And so now we've come to the end of this series, and I'm happy to say that the last book was quite worth reading. It was so much better than the previous one in the series, and better than many of the rest of them as well. so, here's a brief synopsis (don't worry, no spoilers):The Lord Chief Justice loses his very dear friend Lord Lammermoor to what looks like suicide: Lammermoor throws himself off of the Westminister Bridge for no apparent reason. Although many saw Lammermoor jump, and it seemed to be suicide, the first questions were raised when Lammermoor's mistress (none other than Sir John Fielding's former cook Annie) comes to Jeremy with a story about what happened in Lammermoor's final moments. After hearing what she has to say, Sir John realizes that something is very wrong indeed, and with the help of Jeremy, sets out to find out the truth behind the man's death. This won't be easy, as there are those who do not wish for the truth to be known. My hat is off to this writer, although posthumously, since he is no longer with us. A fine series overall; do be sure to start with the first (Blind Justice) in the series if you decide to give it a try. Those who enjoy historical mysteries or British mysteries will definitely enjoy not only Rules of Engagement, but the entire series as well.Thank you, Bruce Alexander, wherever you may be.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1775 a saddened Lord Chief Justice William Murray asks a favor of Sir John Fielding, the magistrate of the Bow St. Court. William explains to John and his clerk Jeremy Proctor how Lord Francis Talley died. The aristocrat was completing work on a bill to blockade the four biggest American ports so the economic consequences will put an end to the Adams¿ nonsense when he left his office to take a walk. Halfway across the Westminster Bridge he suddenly leaped into the Thames; several witnesses willingly testified to that account of the suicide. William wonders why. John agrees to make discrete inquiries to learn what motivated Francis to kill himself.................... John and Jeremy soon learn that Dr. Goldsworthy, is a newcomer in town whose patron is the widow of William¿s clerk. This leads the sleuths to wonder who would gain most by Lord Francis dying and soon realize that no member of the dysfunctional Lammermoor family grieves and some act euphoric celebrating the death of its patriarch Lord Francis.......................... Though the great mystery author Bruce Alexander passed away, his fans (including this reviewer) still have a treat as his wife and John Shannon completed his last Sir John novel and no one will know who wrote which part. The story line is fabulous as Jeremy is a sort of Watson looking back from near the end of the century writing about his salad days as a clerk sleuthing for his employer and mentor. Sir John and Jeremy remain true to their personalities from previous tales and the mystery of Lord Francis¿ death is cleverly designed. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT is a wonderful homage to a notable writer........................ Harriet Klausner