This novella introduces the reader to teenager John Pickett, left behind to fend for himself on the streets of Regency London after his criminal father is sentenced to transportation to Australia. It’s a fun story about a young man who gets a break and takes advantage of his fortune to work hard and try to stay honest.
There were many lovely turns of phrases and some lighthearted amusements along the way. The characters are likable, if somewhat stereotypical: the caring magistrate, the corrupt cop, the newly rich merchant, and the snobby servants, etc. The length of the audiobook was just right to get us started with John. Froomkin does a wonderful job with the narration: timing and accents were great.
I definitely want to continue with this series and look forward to the first full-length book, “In Milady’s Chamber.”