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The Barrister and the Letter of Marque: A Novel By Todd M. Johnson
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Join the virtual book tour of THE BARRISTER AND THE LETTER OF MARQUE,
Todd M. Johnson’s highly acclaimed historical mystery, August 2-15, 2021.
Over twenty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in historical mystery, suspense, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with an interview, spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in London, England.
The Barrister and the Letter of Marque: A Novel
Todd M. Johnson
Genre: Historical Mystery, Suspense, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 3, 2021)
Length: (416) pages
•Hardcover ISBN: 978-0764239137
Trade Paperback ISBN: 978-0764212369
eBook ASIN: B08LG91Y95
Audiobook ASIN: B0983VZ6XZ
Tour Dates: August 2 – 15, 2021
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.
“Johnson debuts with a tense story of powerful interests teaming up to thwart a legal challenge in Georgian-era England…Johnson steeps his story in legal maneuvering, layers of intrigue, midnight chases, and even a hint of romance. While faith elements are subtle, this enthralling novel will appeal to fans of both legal thrillers and historical inspirationals.”— Publishers Weekly
“… a mystery worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This richly historical and lively paced story has all the makings of a modern classic.”— Jocelyn Green, Christy Award-winning author of Shadows of the White City
“At once atmospheric and gripping, Johnson’s latest is a luminous and refreshing new offering in inspirational historical fiction.”— Rachel McMillan, bestselling author of The London Restoration, and The Mozart Code
“A fascinating glimpse into a Regency London readers seldom see.”— Roseanna M. White, bestselling author of Edwardian fiction
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
The Barrister and the Letter of Marque
Author: Todd M. Johnson
Publisher: Bethany House
On-Sale Date: Aug. 3rd
“Just ink and parchment, but with the seal of the English Crown, a source of power for a captain of only thirty-three years to act with the authority of the greatest empire on earth. Such was a Letter of Marque.”
The Barrister and the Letter of Marque is thrilling historical
William Snopes decides to take his future into his own hands, changing the course of his life. His father has disowned him and he has become a well know criminal defence barrister in London for the underprivileged of London.
Lady Madeleine Jameson is seeking a barrister with a reputation of unconventional ways. Her family has invested large some of money in amerchant ship called the Padget. Which was captained by her cousin, Harold Tuttle.
When the shipped docked in London’s harbor with its cargo full of exploits from a French private vessel. The captain is arrested for piracy, and the ships goods are seized before ever making it ashore. All the while the crew is kept guarded still aboard the ship. The captain was given a Letter of Marque… but it’s conveniently missing. This is some shady business not to be taken lightly.
Will Snopes be able to keep captain Tuttle from the gallows? When those higher up to the monarchy try everything in their power to have the captain convicted. Snopes and Lady Madeleine, along with an intriguing cast of characters will join forces in this intense mystery.
A wonderful meticulously layered storyline, with an intelligent complex plot. This book, is one that grips you from the start and holds your attention completely all the way until the satisfying end. The fully development characters are reminiscent to Dickinson ones, and come to life under the author seamless narration. The atmospheric imagery are wonderful as the author cleverly guides the reader in this legal maneuvering fast paced read. There is also a little romance that is perfectly depicted and not overly done.
In this historical legal thrillers, I could easily find myself at The Red Hound Pub. Having a pint of Guinness or maybe two. I do so enjoy drinking a pint of Guinness from time to time myself. While there you might overhear William Snopes, Solicitor Mandy Bristol, Edmund Shaw, as they plan their strategic plan of action.Edmund Shaw
Solicitor Obadiah Cummings
Miss Madeleine Jameson
Solicitor Mandy Bristol
The Anglican priest, Father Thomas Neal
The Red Hound Pub
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Todd M. Johnson is the author of three legal thrillers:
The Deposit Slip (2012), Critical Reaction (2013), and Fatal Trust (2017)
The Barrister and the Letterof Marque (2021), his first foray into historical mystery.
He has been a practicing attorney for over 30 years, specializing as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as adjunct professor of International Law and served as a US diplomat in Hong Kong.
He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter.
Join the virtual book tour of THE BARRISTER AND THE LETTER OF MARQUE, Todd M. Johnson’s highly acclaimed historical mystery, August 2-15, 2021. Over twenty-five popular on-line influencers specializing in historical mystery, suspense, and inspirational fiction will join in the celebration of its release with an interview, spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in London, England.
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