The Barrister and the Letter of Marque by Todd M. Johnson

Thank you for joining me in supporting Todd M. Johnson on his new release, The Barrister and the Letter of Marque, on tour with Austen Prose tours from Laurel Ann Nattress! Connect with the virtual book tour from August 2nd to 15th. Over twenty-five popular online influencers specializing in historical mystery, suspense, and inspirational fiction will post in the celebration of its release with interviews, spotlights, exclusive excerpts, and reviews of this new Regency-era novel set in London, England.

Book Details

Title: The Barrister and the Letter of Marque: A Novel
Author: Todd M. Johnson
Genre: Historical Mystery, Suspense, Inspirational Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 3, 2021)
Length: 416 pages
ISBN: 978-0764239137 (hardcover) and 978-0764212369 (trade paperback)
ASIN: B08LG91Y95 (ebook) and B0983VZ6XZ (audiobook)

About the Book

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.

About the Author

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 Letter
of Marque (2021) is 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. You can find him at

Purchase Links


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My Thoughts

Gripping from the very beginning, this novel takes interesting twists and turns that held my attention during the entire novel.  This is my first book by this author, but I found that I greatly enjoyed his writing and his ability to create a complex plot with lots of components that tied together well.  I liked that there were multiple voices (or point of views) in the novel, which allowed for a more complete overall picture of this very fascinating story.  I thought the plot developed well and took the reader on quite a journey.  The book shines with its focus on mystery.  There are only hints of romance in the story.  The history is interesting and I could tell the author researched how courtrooms and law worked during Regency London.  I liked this book a lot and will definitely read more by this author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from an Austen Prose tour with Laurel Ann Nattress.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Advance Praise

“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

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