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Dark rumours surround the death of a young woman. Can Jack and Esther Enright discover the truth? London, 1892 When a young woman is found dead on the railway tracks, the police force initially assume she committed suicide. But when Detective Inspector Jack Enright and his uncle Percy find out her real identity, it becomes clear that things are not as they f Dark rumours surround the death of a young woman. Can Jack and Esther Enright discover the truth? London, 1892 When a young woman is found dead on the railway tracks, the police force initially assume she committed suicide. But when Detective Inspector Jack Enright and his uncle Percy find out her real identity, it becomes clear that things are not as they first appeared. Suspecting murder they dig deeper into her family history, and discover something truly shocking. Needing to infiltrate the family home to expose the killer, Jack persuades his young wife Esther to go undercover. How far will Jack and Esther go to get a confession? Will anyone else believe them? Or will they find themselves in grave danger…? THE PRODIGAL SISTER is the third crime thriller in an exciting new historical series, the Esther and Jack Enright Mysteries, a traditional British detective series set in Victorian London and packed full of suspense. ESTHER & JACK ENRIGHT MYSTERY SERIES BOOK ONE: The Gaslight Stalker BOOK TWO: The Night Caller BOOK THREE: The Prodigal Sister BOOK FOUR: The Slum Reaper


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Dark rumours surround the death of a young woman. Can Jack and Esther Enright discover the truth? London, 1892 When a young woman is found dead on the railway tracks, the police force initially assume she committed suicide. But when Detective Inspector Jack Enright and his uncle Percy find out her real identity, it becomes clear that things are not as they f Dark rumours surround the death of a young woman. Can Jack and Esther Enright discover the truth? London, 1892 When a young woman is found dead on the railway tracks, the police force initially assume she committed suicide. But when Detective Inspector Jack Enright and his uncle Percy find out her real identity, it becomes clear that things are not as they first appeared. Suspecting murder they dig deeper into her family history, and discover something truly shocking. Needing to infiltrate the family home to expose the killer, Jack persuades his young wife Esther to go undercover. How far will Jack and Esther go to get a confession? Will anyone else believe them? Or will they find themselves in grave danger…? THE PRODIGAL SISTER is the third crime thriller in an exciting new historical series, the Esther and Jack Enright Mysteries, a traditional British detective series set in Victorian London and packed full of suspense. ESTHER & JACK ENRIGHT MYSTERY SERIES BOOK ONE: The Gaslight Stalker BOOK TWO: The Night Caller BOOK THREE: The Prodigal Sister BOOK FOUR: The Slum Reaper

30 review for The Prodigal Sister

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    First and foremost, a large thank you to David Field and Sapere Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. Victorian England comes alive when David Field writes, particularly its criminal element. In another Esther and Jack Enright tale, the reader is transported to yet another murder scene, full of mystery and intrigue. When a woman’s body is found dead on the train tracks late one night, the police are called in to investiga First and foremost, a large thank you to David Field and Sapere Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. Victorian England comes alive when David Field writes, particularly its criminal element. In another Esther and Jack Enright tale, the reader is transported to yet another murder scene, full of mystery and intrigue. When a woman’s body is found dead on the train tracks late one night, the police are called in to investigate. Detective Constable Jack Enright and his uncle, Detective Sergeant Percy Enright are directed to begin amassing evidence and leads, in hopes of discovering what might have happened to young Marianne Ormonde, the presumed victim. While Jack begins sleuthing, Esther is learning the ropes of motherhood, home with baby Lily. Esther has seen much change in her life, though caring for a little one is surely the most trying experience she’s had to undertake. After seeking to advise Marianne’s brother, Edgar, of her suspected death, Jack and Percy are left to wonder if they have a viable suspect. Standoffish and unwilling to help, Edgar Ormonde tries to deflect knowing anything, though other witnesses place him not only at the scene, but aboard the same train his sister rode. Needing an insider’s glimpse into the Ormonde family, Jack persuades Esther to go undercover again to lay a trap. While Esther is happy to help, she can only remember how she was almost killed on Jack’s last two major cases. Using some unorthodox techniques, Esther is able to shake Edgar to the core, but will it be enough to have him confess to murder? Field presents another winner in this series, whose brevity should not indicate that it is anything less than stellar. Perfect for those who love Victorian murder mysteries and prefer something that can be read in short order. I was recently introduced to David Field and his work, which seems to have found a decent niche in the genre. After devouring a few novels in the past week, I knew this entire series would be on my ‘binge’ list. Field uses Victorian England as an eerie setting, as well as a handful of strong characters to propel this story forward, turning a compact plot into something both exciting and easy to enjoy. Esther Enright, now married and a mother, plays a lesser role in this novel, though her presence is still felt. She has been forced to adapt to a significant change in her life and has periods when she cannot help but wish that her husband would accept a more mundane position within Scotland Yard. Jack, on the other hand, is thoroughly enjoying this detective position, but can see the wonders of being a father and his young family, something that he is sure to miss the more hours he clocks while chasing the scum of the city. Jack and Esther continue complementing one another so well as they work yet another crime together, in new and exciting roles. The secondary characters prove entertaining within the pages of this story, using Cockney speech and salty sayings to take the reader inside the less refined parts of London while also allowing a sense of being in the middle of the action. The story flows well, unique from the past two pieces, and keeps a decent pace, with quick chapters helping propel things forward. Field has but a short time to develop his narrative, but always injects humour and banter when time permits. The writing leaves the reader wanting to know more and pushing to find out how a lack of forensic technology might be used to corner a seemingly obvious criminal. Field has done a masterful job with these novels and I await a fourth book’s release in the coming weeks. I can only hope that Field will continue crafting these addictive stories for fans who find them so enthralling. Kudos, Mr. Field, for this wonderful novel. I am eager to read more Esther and Jack stories and hope others will follow my lead. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 5 out of 5

    BAM Endlessly Booked

    Many thanks go to Sapere Books and David Field for the ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. A female body is found along a train track in the middle of the night. Esther and Jack on the case, except this time Esther is WAIT FOR IT!!! Pregnant !!!! Yay!!! Along with Percy, Jack's uncle, they set out to prove their theory that murder was perpetrated by someone well known to the victim. And that's not all the murderer was up to. Disgusting! I've loved this series from the first book, but this has Many thanks go to Sapere Books and David Field for the ARC in exchange for my unbiased review. A female body is found along a train track in the middle of the night. Esther and Jack on the case, except this time Esther is WAIT FOR IT!!! Pregnant !!!! Yay!!! Along with Percy, Jack's uncle, they set out to prove their theory that murder was perpetrated by someone well known to the victim. And that's not all the murderer was up to. Disgusting! I've loved this series from the first book, but this has been my least favorite. I guess because of the brother/sister dynamic. It bothered me. Esther and her assertiveness made up for it though. She's a lovely character. She makes the books for me. They wouldn't be nearly as interesting without her personality as written. Everything feeds off her. Field has created a fine series with Esther and Jack Enright. I look forward to the next book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Sapere Books for very kindly offering me a review copy of The Prodigal Sister, the third novel set in Victorian London to feature Scotland Yard detective, Jack Enright, and his wife, Esther. Jack and Esther are now happily married with daughter Lily to keep them occupied when Jack isn't out working with his uncle, Sergeant Percy Enright. They get the call to go to Wiltshire when the battered body of a young woman is found in a railway tunnel because murder is suspected. I tho I would like to thank Sapere Books for very kindly offering me a review copy of The Prodigal Sister, the third novel set in Victorian London to feature Scotland Yard detective, Jack Enright, and his wife, Esther. Jack and Esther are now happily married with daughter Lily to keep them occupied when Jack isn't out working with his uncle, Sergeant Percy Enright. They get the call to go to Wiltshire when the battered body of a young woman is found in a railway tunnel because murder is suspected. I thoroughly enjoyed The Prodigal Sister which is a fun read with a great plot. In this novel it is not a question of whodunnit because Jack and Percy identify a suspect almost immediately, it's a case of trying to prove it and that's where the fun lies. Uncle Percy looks on the rule book as a kind of elastic set of suggestions, so, deeming it unworkable, he devises a series of mental tortures to get a confession. It's brilliant and imaginative, getting the family involved, as he tightens the screw. I'm not going to say what he does but it plays into the Victorian zeitgeist wonderfully. He has Jack champing at the bit to make an arrest as he weaves his web and has Esther egging the pudding as she works undercover and drafts Jack's sister, Lucy, in for the denouement. The plot makes the novel a compulsive read as the reader turns the pages quickly to see what's coming next but the banter between the characters and Jack and Esther's relationship in particular is equally enjoyable. There is a warmth and humour to it which adds to the feel good factor. Purists may argue that some of the language and attitudes are rather modern for the setting, like Jack helping with the housework and Esther's feisty outspokenness, but I think that they make the novel more accessible and easier to relate to. I like it and I particularly liked the dressing down Percy and Jack get from their boss as it made me laugh. The Prodigal Sister is a great read which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    "The Prodigal Sister" is the third book in the Esther & Jack Enright Victorian mystery series. I have read the previous two books and was happy to spend more time with Esther and Jack. The mystery itself would be enjoyable for new readers, but reading at least the first book in the series will allow readers to get to know the main characters better. When this book begins, Jack Enright and his uncle, Percy Enright, are both detectives for Scotland Yard. They are assigned to investigate the death o "The Prodigal Sister" is the third book in the Esther & Jack Enright Victorian mystery series. I have read the previous two books and was happy to spend more time with Esther and Jack. The mystery itself would be enjoyable for new readers, but reading at least the first book in the series will allow readers to get to know the main characters better. When this book begins, Jack Enright and his uncle, Percy Enright, are both detectives for Scotland Yard. They are assigned to investigate the death of an unidentified young, pregnant woman. As the investigation continues, Jack and Percy call upon Esther to go undercover to get further evidence against their prime suspect. I was at first expecting the investigation to look into multiple suspects to determine who really committed the crime. The main suspect was distasteful from the beginning, even before knowing if he was also a murderer. Soon I realized, the story was all about proving this unpleasant man was the killer. Once I realized that was the type of story this mystery was, I could sit back and enjoy seeing Jack, Percy, and Esther get justice for the young woman who was murdered. This installment wasn't my favorite of the three books, but I love this series and really like the main characters and the rapport and love between them. I am already looking forward to Jack and Esther's next case. This book will appeal to fans of Anne Perry. I received this book through the courtesy of Sapere Books. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Haydn Pope

    Loved this novel, as I did the first two in the series, so come on Mr Field let’s have the next one! Well we have had a ladies underwear fantasist, now incest. What else did our ‘staid’ Victorians get up to?! One thing I did notice, apart fro m the crime and police procedure, was the recurring theme of the inequality between Men and Women! I find it hard to believe, even though I know it existed. Loved this novel anyway.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tim Phillips

    Not the most challenging books I've ever read, but none the worse for that. They are entertaining and fun to read and am looking forward to reading the next installments. Not the most challenging books I've ever read, but none the worse for that. They are entertaining and fun to read and am looking forward to reading the next installments.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Cummins

    Great This series of books are so very good. The characters are fabulous. They leave me hanging and can't wait to see where it takes me. Good job!! Great This series of books are so very good. The characters are fabulous. They leave me hanging and can't wait to see where it takes me. Good job!!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I have read the two previous books in this series and loved them so I was delighted to be able to get my hands on a copy of the third book in the series and I jumped right in as soon as it landed on my Kindle. I love the main characters in this series, Esther and Jack are great but I must admit that I think Jack's Uncle Percy is my favourite! They are all well developed and they work very well together to solve the mysteries and crimes they come across. I l https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I have read the two previous books in this series and loved them so I was delighted to be able to get my hands on a copy of the third book in the series and I jumped right in as soon as it landed on my Kindle. I love the main characters in this series, Esther and Jack are great but I must admit that I think Jack's Uncle Percy is my favourite! They are all well developed and they work very well together to solve the mysteries and crimes they come across. I love the time period that the series is set in and I loved the setting for this one. It is another well written story that had me hooked! 4.5 stars from me for this one, rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads and Amazon - I really enjoyed the story and it is a great addition to the Esther and Jack Enright series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

    Unlike the previous volumes, The Prodigal Sister is not really a whodunit, as we know pretty soon who's the baddie. Even how the deed was done is clear from the beginning. The suspense is based on how Scotland Yard's uncle and nephew team Jack and Percy Enright will prove it. They have plenty of evidence but it's all circumstantial so a very bad guy may get away with murder. Esther, now married to Jack, has a little baby girl, so surely she won't get involved in the investigation, right? Think a Unlike the previous volumes, The Prodigal Sister is not really a whodunit, as we know pretty soon who's the baddie. Even how the deed was done is clear from the beginning. The suspense is based on how Scotland Yard's uncle and nephew team Jack and Percy Enright will prove it. They have plenty of evidence but it's all circumstantial so a very bad guy may get away with murder. Esther, now married to Jack, has a little baby girl, so surely she won't get involved in the investigation, right? Think again... even breastfeeding, Esther is more assertive than many modern women. The plan that she will put into motion, based on Percy's harebrained idea is probably not foolproof but oh how much fun it is to read about! The whole short novel reads like a Victorian version of Mission Impossible and is suspenseful and actually funny. The environment is not as exhaustively described this time as in previous novels, but I didn't mind it at all, as there was nothing to distract me from the insanely entertaining plot. I received a free copy from the Publisher, but I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, Sapere Books!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    This is the third book in the series, Jack and Esther are now happily married with daughter Lily to keep them occupied when Jack isn't out working with his uncle, Sergeant Percy Enright. They get the call to go to Wiltshire when the battered body of a young woman is found in a railway tunnel at first it’s assumed she committed suicide. However when Detective Inspector Jack Enright and his uncle Percy find out her real identity, it becomes clear that things are not as they first appeared. Suspect This is the third book in the series, Jack and Esther are now happily married with daughter Lily to keep them occupied when Jack isn't out working with his uncle, Sergeant Percy Enright. They get the call to go to Wiltshire when the battered body of a young woman is found in a railway tunnel at first it’s assumed she committed suicide. However when Detective Inspector Jack Enright and his uncle Percy find out her real identity, it becomes clear that things are not as they first appeared. Suspecting murder they dig deeper into her family history, and discover something truly shocking. Needing to infiltrate the family home to expose the killer, Jack persuades his young wife Esther to go undercover. The delight in these books is not whodunnit as Jack & Percy have a suspect in their sights from early on but how they prove their case. A fun enthralling read, the pace is very good & the characters well portrayed. I’m very glad there are to be more stories in this well written, absorbing series. My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read

  11. 4 out of 5

    Bettye McKee

    Hugely entertaining This is a charming Victorian mystery/thriller with a never-boring storyline and fascinating characters. I haven't yet read the previous offerings, but there was no ambiguity in this story. As the story begins, the mangled body of a woman is discovered in a railway tunnel. There are no wasted words as the matter is investigated by Sergeant Percy Enright and his nephew, Constable Jack Enright, of Scotland Yard. Jack's wife, Esther, is persuaded to undertake an undercover role as Hugely entertaining This is a charming Victorian mystery/thriller with a never-boring storyline and fascinating characters. I haven't yet read the previous offerings, but there was no ambiguity in this story. As the story begins, the mangled body of a woman is discovered in a railway tunnel. There are no wasted words as the matter is investigated by Sergeant Percy Enright and his nephew, Constable Jack Enright, of Scotland Yard. Jack's wife, Esther, is persuaded to undertake an undercover role as they pursue their suspect. 18

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Pj Forrest

    On a Roll This is the third book in the series and I have to say the author is on a roll. This book is as good as the first two. Jack and Esther are a charming pair of investigators and their personal and professional lives in Victorian England make for an engaging read. As always you can read this book as a stand-alone But I recommend beginning with the first book in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    BRT

    Good Victorian mystery featuring Esther & Jack Enright. Esther has assisted her police constable husband and his Sergeant Uncle Percy in a number of investigations, always gruesome and dangerous. I think I would enjoy this series more if Esther was more a part of the investigations rather than pulled into supposedly minor roles by her husband’s uncle. She’s an intelligent, strong-willed young woman and it would be nice to see her more as her husband’s detective partner.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura Merrin

    A little too drawn out in the beginning My favourite victorian detective and his wife. Esther and Jack embark on another dangerous pursuit to discover who pushed a pregnant woman from a moving train. A great story but it could have done with a better balance between beginning and end

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Although I do like this series, this book was a bit predicable. You knew what was going to happen at the end in regards to the mystery. I also feel the themes that book touches on could have been explored a bit more. I do like the characters, however, I'd like them to have a bit more depth to them as they feel a bit 2D. Overall, a decent mystery that was just a bit flat. Although I do like this series, this book was a bit predicable. You knew what was going to happen at the end in regards to the mystery. I also feel the themes that book touches on could have been explored a bit more. I do like the characters, however, I'd like them to have a bit more depth to them as they feel a bit 2D. Overall, a decent mystery that was just a bit flat.

  16. 4 out of 5

    barbara ann barnes

    Good with reservations I enjoyed the storyline but , oh dear! Aren’t books proof read anymore? Not only are there spelling errors but the wrong words used on occasion to. Some poor girl was going to become a husband!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Holm

    The Prodigal Sister(Esther and Jack Enright Mystery Book 3) You will love the story..so unusual!...as are the characters...the book is beautifully Written and the reading is easy and fast..you are in for a fun read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    jerry Cursons

    I have read the previous two books and was happy to spend more time with Esther and Jack. The mystery series are excellent looking forward to reading the other books in the series. Thanks for the trip back in time of the eara my great grandparents lived in

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lesley Hewitt

    A really good Victorian mystery. A really good mystery thriller set in Victorian times, the characters are really believable, when you start reading you get a view of what life was like in those days and how the police worked. I really enjoy reading this authors books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    1892 and a woman's body has been found near railyway tracks. Soom becomes obvious that it was not an accident. Detectives Jack Enright and his uncle Percy are sent out to investigate and also embroil Esther, Jack's wife, into their case. Another enjoyable well-written mystery in this series 1892 and a woman's body has been found near railyway tracks. Soom becomes obvious that it was not an accident. Detectives Jack Enright and his uncle Percy are sent out to investigate and also embroil Esther, Jack's wife, into their case. Another enjoyable well-written mystery in this series

  21. 4 out of 5

    ann clarke

    The Prodigal sister. Great story.Couldn't out it down. Looking forward to the next one! There's more to Victorian England than I thought,they weren't so proper afterall! The Prodigal sister. Great story.Couldn't out it down. Looking forward to the next one! There's more to Victorian England than I thought,they weren't so proper afterall!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    When the body of a woman is found on the railway tracks, the police initially think it is a case of suicide. When Detective Jack Enright and his uncle Percy discover the true identity of the women, however, they soon realise that all is not what they first assume. Suspecting murder, they need to get close to her family in order to find out the truth, so Jack’s wife, Esther, is tasked to go undercover, putting herself in danger in the process… The Prodigal Sister is the third book in the Esther & When the body of a woman is found on the railway tracks, the police initially think it is a case of suicide. When Detective Jack Enright and his uncle Percy discover the true identity of the women, however, they soon realise that all is not what they first assume. Suspecting murder, they need to get close to her family in order to find out the truth, so Jack’s wife, Esther, is tasked to go undercover, putting herself in danger in the process… The Prodigal Sister is the third book in the Esther & Jack Enright mystery series, and we see the home circumstances of our heroes have changed dramatically. Now married with a young child, Esther isn’t really used to staying at home and so is not completely against the idea of going undercover, even if it could prove to be dangerous. Esther’s role does, indeed, prove to be pivotal in smoking out the killer, even if it is as a result of some rather unorthodox police tactics! We discover quite early on who the killer is, as they are identified quickly by Jack and his superior officer uncle, Percy. The fun in this book then isn’t ‘whodunnit’, but in seeing the lengths the police (and Esther) will go to in order to secure a confession. The methods they used place this book very definitely in the Victorian era and helped to provide a snapshot of the psyche of a lot of people of that time. This is a great series, ideal for anyone who enjoys historical crime fiction, and I’m already looking forward to reading the next one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Day

  24. 4 out of 5

    jennet wheatstonelllsl

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mr William F Smith

  26. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  27. 5 out of 5

    L M MCDONNELL

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ainoa

  29. 4 out of 5

    Phil Humphrey

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon

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