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The Emperor's Assassin: Memoirs of a Bow Street Runner (Dell Mystery) [Mass Market Paperback]

T. F. Banks
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Jun 2003 Dell Mystery
For twenty years, England and France have been at war. Now the war has come home…

On a sunny July day in 1815, Plymouth Sound is crowded with boats vying for a view of England’s great battleship HMS Bellerophon. For aboard the vessel is the stout little Frenchman who threw the world into chaos. In London, some people clamor for Napoleon’s execution, others for his exile, and still others for a civil trial on English soil. For one humble London detective, the debate has turned deadly. Bow Street Runner Henry Morton has a murder to solve--and Napoleon himself is at the heart of the matter.

The victim is a Frenchwoman, the mistress of a count. Soon Morton is racing through a demimonde of French expatriates, Bonapartists, fanatical Royalists, and one very dangerous, drunken petty crook. From an exotic London brothel to a scene of carnage on a Dartmoor farm, the detective enters a covert war over Napoleon’s fate. And amid the betrayal, deception, and murder, Morton will face a waterloo of his own.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing Company (Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440240840
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440240846
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.4 x 17.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,024,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morton & Co. provide another thriller! 7 Jan 2006
By Billy J. Hobbs VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Henry Morton is back! And in "The Emperor's Assassin," the sequel to "The Thief Taker," our erstwhile detective establishes himself as an officer--and a favorite character--to be reckoned with.
It's 1815 and the Napoleonic wars are over, for all intents and purposes. The Little Admiral/General/Emperor is in custody aboard a royal naval vessel at rest in Plymouth Harbor, awaiting the solution of an international legal conundrum: what to do with him. Two viable sides, heavily vested in the outcome, are competing, at all costs, to prevail: the Bonapartists and the Royalists.
And "at all costs" means murder. A young (beautiful) woman is found dead in London and the Bow Street Runners (early detectives in England) take over. This is Morton's world, of course. It's determined that she has been tortured, most brutally, and the chase is afoot. One thing leads to another as Morton and his crew begin to try to sort out the red herrings from the Dover souls, as it were.
T.E. Banks (in reality Canadians Sean Russell and Ian Dennis) appears to capture the landscape and atmosphere of Regency England, as well as to create exciting characters set in a most exciting time. Morton ably directs the chase in a book that seems to increase its pace as the pages turn. Some of Banks' characters continue from the first book, most noteably Mrs. Arabella Hildebrant of Drury Lane (famous actress and Morton's love interest) and Jimmy Presley, his chief aide.
Will Napoleon be assassinated? Will Morton find the culprits and solve the mystery? History answers the first question and Morton skillfully answers the second in a clever and intriguing period piece. Readers can hope for a third adventure. Soon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars On land and sea 27 April 2013
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I was looking forward to reading this second adventure of Henry Morton and I'm glad I did. The setting is wonderful. The historical detail interesting and well researched. There is literally everything, from political manoeuvring to spies, murders and fantastic wild coach chases! A good adventure read to make you feel young again. Thumbs up.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an immensely riveting and enjoyable read 5 Jun 2003
By tregatt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Set in the summer of 1815, this second Henry Morton murder mystery focuses on the deadly goings-on amongst the French refugees in England whilst their own personal demon (on hero, depending on which faction you were talking to), Napoleon Bonaparte, was being held (by the British) on HMS Bellerophon just off the Plymouth Sound.
The novel opens with the discovery of the body of a young woman that had (seemingly) been washed up on shore. The initial view is that she committed suicide. But when Skelton, the surgeon, examines the body, he discovers that the woman had been bound and tortured before her death. The death of this unknown woman is beginning to smell like murder to Henry Morton, one of Bow Street's most reputable Runners. And in trying to discover the identity of this unfortunate unknown, Morton discovers that she was French (Madame Angelique Desmarches) and that she was the mistress of a very important French aristocrat. Was Angelique murdered by Bonapartist agents eager to know what the Royalist were about to do with their fallen emperor? As the investigation begins to take some rather unexpected twists and the body count begins to mount, Morton cannot help but become perturbed about this pat theory and to wonder what, exactly, is going on...
"The Emperor's Assassin" proved to be quite a read. Fast paced and with quite a few clever plot-twists, I spent a very happy afternoon being totally absorbed and engrossed with this book. Having enjoyed the previous Henry Morton murder mystery novel immensely, I was happy to discover that this second installment in the series lived up to my expectations. True, you almost being to expect and suspect what will happen next, but the authours did such a good job in telling their story and in letting things unfold smoothly, that you don't actually feel shortchanged just because you can guess what will happen next. (And some of the scenes were so vividly depicted that you could almost swear you'd been watching things unfold in front of the TV, instead of having imagined what it would have been like from a book). I thoroughly enjoyed "The Emperor's Assassin" -- but I do wish that the publishers would make up their minds if a book is going to come out in hardcover or mass market first: my mystery collection is beginning to look a little strange!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as the first in the series... 16 Dec 2003
By Louis M. Perdue - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...but not quite. I really enjoyed the first in the series, The Thief-Taker and was looking forward to this second book. And I was not disappointed (much). Henry Morton, the likeable Bow Street Runner, is back and is this time attempting to solve the murder of a French count's mistress. There are many interesting characters to keep the novel moving along but there were also some confusing chapters - it was sometimes difficult to keep track of who was a royalist (interested in returning the French king to the throne) and who was a Bonapartist. That aside, it is an interesting book, with great attention to period detail and the main character is possibly more interesting and likeable in this entry than the first time around. Will be on the look out for the third in the series.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars English Common Law and the Corsican. 18 Sep 2003
By Sires - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit that this my introduction to the story of Henry Morton, Bow Street Runner, but I quite enjoyed it. The period is one that is frequently used in genre fiction and I would have sworn that there was very little I did not know about the time, but the authors managed to surprise me.
The center of the plot that creates the mystery is barely glimpsed at the beginning of the book, the short, stout dethroned emporer of the French. Around his head swirls plots and counter plots as the British debate exactly what to do with him. He is in legal limbo. If he should set foot on English soil he could claim the benefit of English law and the English also do not have any reason to execute him. While he caused the death of thousands, he has committed no capital crime. (Ironies of ironies, though, if he had stolen an item worth 40 pounds or more, he could have been executed as a felon.)
The action is quite brisk and vivid. The reactions of the characters are humane yet they do not display too modern a sensibility. I sincerely hope that this series continues.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morton's 'Memoirs' is another thriller! 7 Jan 2006
By Billy J. Hobbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Henry Morton is back! And in "The Emperor's Assassin," the sequel to "The Thief Taker," our erstwhile detective establishes himself as an officer--and a favorite character--to be reckoned with.

It's 1815 and the Napoleonic wars are over, for all intents and purposes. The Little Admiral/General/Emperor is in custody aboard a royal naval vessel at rest in Plymouth Harbor, awaiting the solution of an international legal conundrum: what to do with him. Two viable sides, heavily vested in the outcome, are competing, at all costs, to prevail: the Bonapartists and the Royalists.

And "at all costs" means murder. A young (beautiful) woman is found dead in London and the Bow Street Runners (early detectives in England) take over. This is Morton's world, of course. It's determined that she has been tortured, most brutally, and the chase is afoot. One thing leads to another as Morton and his crew begin to try to sort out the red herrings from the Dover souls, as it were.

T.E. Banks (in reality Canadians Sean Russell and Ian Dennis) appears to capture the landscape and atmosphere of Regency England, as well as to create exciting characters set in a most exciting time. Morton ably directs the chase in a book that seems to increase its pace as the pages turn. Some of Banks' characters continue from the first book, most noteably Mrs. Arabella Hildebrant of Drury Lane (famous actress and Morton's love interest) and Jimmy Presley, his chief aide.

Will Napoleon be assassinated? Will Morton find the culprits and solve the mystery? History answers the first question and Morton skillfully answers the second in a clever and intriguing period piece. Readers can hope for a third adventure. Soon. (Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A muddy, confused plot! 3 Dec 2010
By Paul Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In July 1815, having returned home from war with France, HMS Bellerophon, one of England's finest battleships, rests at anchor in Plymouth Sound transporting a very special prisoner. The water is crowded with everything from dories to schooners with passengers clamoring for a look at Napoleon who is being held on board pending the English government's decision as to whether he should be executed, exiled or held over for civil trial.

In the resulting chaos, a woman apparently drowns and washes up on shore. But when her body is examined more closely, she is revealed to be Angelique Desmarches, the mistress of a high level French aristocrat, and it is clear that she has been tortured. Henry Morton, one of Bow Street's best known Runners, smells a murder and his initial thought is that she has been interrogated for her possible knowledge of the Royalist's plans for the captured Little Emperor!

Skulduggery, corruption, intrigue and secret diplomacy all hide under the rocks that Morton turns over as he conducts his investigation from London to the shores of the English Channel. Unfortunately, despite the high hopes I had for this novel after my immense enjoyment of Banks' debut novel in the series, THE THIEF TAKER, this second entry in THE BOW STREET RUNNER series just didn't seem to click.

Whereas THE THIEF TAKER was deeply atmospheric filled with a rich cornucopia of period detail and a puzzling, well-plotted mystery peopled by well-developed characters whose lives would mean something to a reader, THE EMPEROR'S ASSASSIN was a rather muddy, meandering mystery that seemed to plod along rather interminably and lurch from one crisis to the next without really developing into anything exciting. The lack-luster plot that left me, frankly, confused as to who was royalist, who was loyalist and who was on whose side. Nor was this weakness mitigated by colourful character development or a strong descriptive portrayal of the rich, teeming ambience of the Regency period.

Only moderately enjoyable and not really recommended as a particularly good example of a Regency mystery.

Paul Weiss
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