Smuggler's Moon

Smuggler's Moon

Book - 2001
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A richly-textured and riveting mystery follows Sir John and Jeremy as they journey to the seaside town of Deal to investigate a magistrate who is suspected of promoting illegal cargo trade, which occurs under the cover of darkness, and find themselves plunged into a world of greed, murder, and corruption.

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Off the water that separates England from France, near the seaside town of Deal, it is a well-known fact that "owling," a local term for the illegal cargo trade, thrives on the moonlit beaches. At the behest of a very concerned Lord Chief Justice, Sir John and Jeremy travel to Deal to investigate the town magistrates, accused of complicity in the smuggling. Oddly, the young man is a trusted protege of the Lord Chief Justice himself. Sir John and Jeremy couldn't have arrived at a better time - just as the smugglers turn murderous.
The first body, throat slit from ear to ear, turns up where it shouldn't, on the estate of Sir Simon Grenville, an esteemed member of the local gentry. After the Deal magistrate proves that the murder is not what it appears to be, one dead body seems to lead immediately to another, and Sir John and Jeremy realize they face some very powerful enemies. What they find in Deal is most alarming: the booty on Smuggler's Beach is not the only thing to have fallen into the wrong hands. So, it seems, has the law.

Baker
& Taylor

Sir John and Jeremy journey to the seaside town of Deal to investigate a magistrate who is suspected of promoting illegal cargo trade, which occurs under the cover of darkness, and find themselves plunged into a world of greed, murder, and corruption.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Putnam, 2001
ISBN: 9780399147746
0399147748
Branch Call Number: M ALEXANDER
M ALEXANDER
Characteristics: 247 p

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Apr 25, 2015

The 8th book in the Sir John Fielding series pulls in Black Jack Bilbo and Jimmy Bunkins as well as several Bow Street Runners. Sir John is asked to investigate charges against the magistrate in the town of Deal, on the coast of the English Channel. This becomes a major project to defeat the local "Owling Trade" (smuggling) and solve several murders. Clarissa participates, because Lady Fielding is nursing her sick mother, so Clarissa cannot be left on her own. She contributes substantially to the gathering of information. Altogether this was a very entertaining book and several avenues of further developments have opened by the end of it.

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