The Barrister and the Letter of Marque – Review


The Barrister and the Letter of Marque by Todd M. Johnson

Published: August 3, 2021

Genre: Historical

Length: 412 pages

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About the book:

As a barrister in 1818 London, William Snopes has witnessed firsthand the danger of only the wealthy having their voices heard, and he’s a strong advocate who defends the poorer classes against the powerful. That changes the day a struggling heiress, Lady Madeleine Jameson, arrives at his door.

In a last-ditch effort to save her faltering estate, Lady Jameson invested in a merchant brig, the Padget. The ship was granted a rare privilege by the king’s regent: a Letter of Marque authorizing the captain to seize the cargo of French traders operating illegally in the Indian Sea. Yet when the Padget returns to London, her crew is met by soldiers ready to take possession of their goods and arrest the captain for piracy. And the Letter–the sole proof his actions were legal–has mysteriously vanished.

Moved by the lady’s distress, intrigued by the Letter, and goaded by an opposing solicitor, Snopes takes the case. But as he delves deeper into the mystery, he learns that the forces arrayed against Lady Jameson, and now himself, are even more perilous than he’d imagined.

My review:

This book was pretty good! I hadn’t heard of Todd M. Johnson before this book. I loved this mystery that he came up with. The beginning was a little slow and it did take me a little bit to get into the book. Once the story started picking up, it really took off. I liked all the different characters since it added depth to the story and let you see all the angles as you try to solve the mystery. I would definitely recommend this book!

My rating:  4-Stars-300x57


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