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The Rose in the Wheel
By S. K. Rizzolo

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The Rose in the Wheel
By S. K. Rizzolo
Read How You Want, (2011)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Font
(Originally Published in Standard Print by Poisoned Pen Press)
ISBN: 978-1458739667
Genre: Mystery

Reviewed by Angela Evans - December 16, 2011

Strangled and run over in the road by a coach, the death of Constance Tyrone is anything but an accident. Why would anyone want to kill this young woman, who was known for her charity work with the St. Catherine Society, a society dedicated to helping poor women in London? Tyrone is a beloved figure, who did not have an enemy in the world - at least not one that anyone was aware of. There is much about the scene of her death that leads to many unanswered questions, such as, was she already dead when the carriage ran her down? Why was she alone in such a run down section of town, so late in the night? Despite the road being very muddy, why was her one reaming satin slipper was still clean?

The answer to these questions, and the capture of Tyrone's murderer might have remained unanswered were it not for the dogged determination of Bow Street Runner John Chase, who finds himself in an uneasy alliance with Penelope Wolfe, the wife of the supposed killer. Did her artist husband, Jeremy kill Tyrone, and if so, why? And if it wasn't Jeremy, who was it. By the end of The Rose in the Wheel, John Chase and Penelope Wolfe will have ferreted out all the answers, even to some questions that Penelope doesn't really want to know the answers to!

Written by S. K. Rizzolo, The Rose in the Wheel is a Regency era, historical mystery set in London, England, in the year 1811. Rizzolo has created an intriguing amateur detective in the form of Penelope Wolfe. She was once a well-to-do young lady before making an impudent match with Jeremy, with whom she has a daughter. Now, save for a small allowance from her father, she and her child must fend for themselves because she has left Jeremy, although this has not stopped him from showing up at odd times to beg for money from her, and otherwise disrupting her life. Tough and independent, Penelope is a strong female character. Her counterpart, John Chase is a Bow Street Runner, which means that he was a member of England's first professional police force, who worked for, and under the auspices of, the Bow Street magistrates' office. They make a fine investigative team, and I look forward to reading more books in which they work together.

The Rose in the Wheel is a solid mystery full of rich historical details that will delight fans of historical mysteries, especially those with an interest in the Regency period.

The Rose in the Wheel is available from Read How You Want, an on-demand publisher that makes books available in a variety of formats including Braille, DAISY, and five different large print formats. This range of formats makes this, and other books, available not only to visually impaired individuals, but also anyone with a reading or physical disability that makes reading standard print books difficult.


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