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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (25 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845296613
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845296612
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A classic murder mystery with as complex a plot as one could hope for and a most engaging pair of amateur sleuths whom I look forward to encountering again in future novels.' (Sweet Poison) Charles Osborne, author of The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie 'Roberts' use of period detail... gives the tale terrific texture. Recommend this one heartily to history-mystery devotees.' (Sweet Poison) Booklist 'This is a witty and meticulous recreation of the classridden middle England of the 1930s... a perfect example of golden-age mystery traditions with the cobwebs swept away, for the many readers who like their sleuthing elegant and their sex and violence concealed behind the curtains.' (Bones of the Buried) Guardian 'Dangerous Sea is taken from more elegant times than ours, when women retained their mystery and even murder held a certain charm. The plot is both intricate and enthralling, like Poirot on the high seas, and lovingly recorded by an author with a meticulous eye and a huge sense of fun.' --Michael Dobbs, author of Winston's War and Never Surrender"

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David Roberts worked in publishing for over thirty years, most recently as a director, before devoting his energies to writing full time. He is married and divides his time between London and Wiltshire.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Kemp on 23 Oct. 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is the 8th in the Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne Golden Age murder mystery series. Corinth and Browne are very like DL Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane; Corinth is the privileged scion of the aristocracy and Verity a feisty and fearless reporter. Hitherto in the series the two have enjoyed a rollercoaster relationship that has not yet led to marriage. It is 1938, and Verity has just been expelled from Austria after observing and reporting on Hitler’s triumphal march. In Vienna, she was able to arrange to for a young Jew to escape to England, but he meets a sudden death on the estate of Lord Louis Mountbatten. There is another death in the grounds of Mountbatten’s house, seemingly unconnected – that of a reclusive painter. Edward and Verity set about investigating the two deaths and come up, as one expects in such fiction, with some surprises along the way. The series seems to be improving as it progresses, as this book is markedly better than the previous story I read in the series. For genre fiction, the characterisation is sound and the historical context excellent. The plot progresses with a good pace. In all an undemanding pleasure to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Monica Major on 23 July 2009
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this book continues the usual high quality of books in this series - likeable characters and an absorbing plot, I always llok forward to reading books by this author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. R. Goodman on 3 July 2013
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This was the first Lord Edward Corinth book I have read - well, not read actually, because I didn't finish it, I switched off less than half-way through. Perhaps it improved later on? For me, though, the mix of real people from the pre-war years and fictional characters just didn't work. The story was too slow in developing (which is why I gave up); I'm not someone who needs action on every page, but this seemed to be going nowhere slowly. As always if I am not keen on a book, I keep it on my Kindle, ready to give it another try sometime. It may be that if and when I do I will like it better. But unless you are prepared to read an entire book in one or two sessions, I wouldn't recommend this.
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David Roberts’ books featuring Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne are obviously based on Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane.

Verity, the Communist foreign correspondent for the New Gazette, is based in Vienna in early 1938 when the Nazis march into the capital and the Anschluss is announced. She meets a young Austrian Jew, Georg Dreiser, who has key knowledge about German readiness for a war and is desperate to leave the country and pass on this secret information. Before being deported, she facilitates his flight to the UK but he soon meets a violent death in a stable at Lord Mountbatten's estate at Broadlands during a weekend gathering.

The invitees are suitably exotic – the Maharaja of Batiala, known as Sunny, and his family; the film star Joan Miller [born Hedwig Kiesler and clearly based on Hedy Lamarr] and her husband, Helmut Mandl, a German armament manufacturer seeking to sell his Oerlikon guns to the Admiralty; Stuart Rose, a homosexual American art expert; Heinrich Braken, ‘Putzi’, a target of the secretive MI5 since he is a long-time friend of Hitler but has now fallen out of favour; Verity and Corinth and the latter’s nephew, Frankie. Mountbatten is the centre of attraction, and behaves in the expected manner with the Maharanee, but his wife, Edwina, is evident by her frequent absences.

Frankie had found a body on the estate the previous weekend, the dead man turning out to be an artist, Peter Gray, who was on the verge of public recognition. The cause of death was found to be ergot poisoning. Verity and Corinth are encouraged by Gray’s niece, Vera, into investigating the deaths even though the police treat both as accidents.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Reeve on 3 July 2013
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This is the first book I have read in the Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne series. It is obviously based on Dorothy L. Sayers' characters - Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. I did enjoy the story, and the characters are quite good - even if taken from someone else's inspiration! It is not, however, nearly as good as the original. Having read most if not all of the Dorothy L. Sayers books, I shall probably try another of David Roberts' books - but it is not guaranteed!
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Really reflects the atmosphere in the build up to the 2nd World War as the backdrop to this detective story, with good coverage of some important events explained, which, for those who know less about the time, would be useful. Further development of the relationship between Verity and Edward
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Beautifully complicated murder mystery with so many entwining story lines. Easy to read, although you will need to keep your wits about you to remember all of the characters, or maybe it was just the time of night/morning that I read.
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By K. Grant on 30 July 2013
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Interesting take on pre war Britain and how the empire was viewed. Enjoyable and interesting. Characters strongly written and generally believable and you can sympathise with some of their predicaments. Good storytelling.
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