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  • Publication date: Sunday November 13, 2011
  • Publisher: Quercus
  • ISBN (Hardback): 978-1847242785
  • ISBN (Paperback): 9781847247889

The Duke's Agent

by Rebecca Jenkins

1811: Raif Jarrett has returned from battle, and is seeking a quiet life as agent to the Duke of Penrith. But when he is sent to Woolbridge to settle the affairs of the Duke’s estate manager after his sudden death, Jarrett finds a network of crime and corruption lurking in the sleepy Durham town.

Jarrett's investigation is thwarted at every turn by the town’s powerful and much-feared magistrate, Mr Justice Raistrick. When a vivacious local beauty dies in tragic circumstances, Jarrett is accused of her murder—and has to fight for his life as he desperately seeks to uncover the truth

"The rather mundane title of Rebecca Jenkins first novel gives no hint of the lively tale within. The Duke’s Agent is set in Georgian England. Sent by the Duke to carry out an audit following the death of the local steward, Raif Jarrett, a personable young man who may not be all that he seems, soon uncovers fraud and suspects even murkier deeds. He is up against a formidable opponent - a splendid portrayal of an enterprising rogue." - The Sunday Telegraph

... a well-crafted, pacy tale with very strong, well-defined characters. It is not overloaded with historical detail, yet the flavour of Georgian England is always there. The author’s sure handling of descriptive prose brings the countryside vividly to life... I thoroughly enjoyed this book." - Celia Ellis,   The Historical Novel Society

"Rebecca Jenkins's novel is that, like the late Georgette Heyer, she understands the period and her love of it shines through." - David Whetstone, The Newcastle Journal

"... gripping stuff... Jarrett could easily become a cult - Sharpe in clean linen with decent table manners" - Sharon Griffiths,  The Northern Echo

"The action scenes are effectively portrayed, and those elements which are intended to thrill succeed. The Duke’s Agent is Rebecca Jenkins's first novel. I hope she will write more." - Tangled Web

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