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Bones of the Buried (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Browne Murder Mysteries) (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Brown Murder Mysteries) [Paperback]

David Roberts
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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18 Oct 2002 Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Brown Murder Mysteries
Second in the popular Lord Edward Corinth murder-mystery series; This exciting 1930s murder-mystery is the second in the Lord Edward Corinth/Verity Browne series, following the success of David Roberts' first book Sweet Poison. Corinth returns to London after six months in New York to find his sleuthing partner, journalist Verity Browne, Insisting he investigate a murder in Madrid. It is 1936 and Spain is about to erupt into civil war. Verity is now correspondent for a national newspaper and passionately committed to defending the Spanish republic against the Fascist threat. Her lover, David Griffiths-Jones, a senior figure in the Communist Party, has been convicted of murder and Verity appeals to Edward to help save him from the firing squad, even though she knows he sees him as his rival in love

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing; Reprint edition (18 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841196398
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841196398
  • ASIN: 1841195871
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 620,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Roberts was born in Liverpool. He always loved drawing from an early age and couldn't wait to escape high school and go to art college. There he developed a keen interest in pottery and fashion and went on to study a degree in fashion design at Manchester Metropolitan University.

After university he worked as a milliner and began to get work as a fashion illustrator, but always felt his true calling was in children's book illustration.

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'This is a witty and meticulous recreation of the class-ridden 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.' - The Guardian; 'Roberts' use of period detail... gives the tale terrific texture. Recommend this one heartily to history-mystery devotees.' - Booklist; '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.' --Charles Osborne, author of The Life and Times of Agatha Christie

About the Author

David Roberts worked in publishing for over 30 years, most recently as partner at Michael O'Mara Books, before giving up to devote his energies to writing full time. He is married and divides his time between London and Wiltshire

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2.0 out of 5 stars OK, ... but Golden Age detection this is not ! 20 Mar 2008
By fivestarfrankie VINE VOICE
I was moved to write this review as a five star review below stated "This is a fantastic book and a must for any fans of Agatha Christie or Dorothy L. Sayers, although in terms of detail and character development David Roberts is a far superior writer to either"

As DLS's Wimsey novels are considered by many well informed people to be both the birth of the litery crime novel and the greatest of all dectective novels I find this comment to be beyond belief. Even Agatha Christie is a better writer than Mr Roberts, and far better at creating plots.

This series suffers from being written with the hindsight of history and being just a little bit boring. Like another reviewer I may read others in the series but only if I find them in stock at the library.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bones of the Buried 24 Jan 2003
Its 1936 and, since we left him six months ago at the conclusion of the dark actions at Mersham Castle in Sweet Poison, Lord Edward Corinth has spent his time in New York falling out of love. Meanwhile Verity Browne has spent a slightly more interesting time in Madrid discovering the joys of sex, reporting on the lead-up to the Spanish Civil War and getting more involved in the Communist Party. When Verity's revered ex-lover and political mentor is found guilty of murder by the Spanish authorities, Lord Edward leaps upon his white charger (in this case a de Havilland Dragon Rapide from Croydon Aerodrome) to extricate the fellow from jail by discovering who really did the dirty deed. Before you can say "viva Franco" the body count is raising both in Spain and back in Blighty.
The novel like its predecessor is highly historically accurate and there-in lies one of the problems as all the characters are portrayed as extremes of their time and consequently none come across as a likable or even believable.
Lord Edward is an almost carbon copy of Lord Peter Wimsey right down to his unrequited love for a professional female who his family find perplexing. But unlike Wimsey, Corinth is a disappointing detective. He stumbles on various truths because they literally come up to him and slap him in the face. He is helped because the police are so incompetent as to beggar belief (I'm not going to give the game away but the major clue in a police photograph that the boys in blue ignore is just plain stupid).
This isn't Dorothy L Sayers, the heroine's totally redundant and, for a whodunit explicit, sex scene proves that and I don't remember Lord Peter leaping into bed with another 'gal' seconds after saying goodbye to Harriet Vane the way Lord Edward does having taken his leave from Verity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping sequel 9 Feb 2014
By Julie
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I enjoyed this sequel, a story of 3 men murdered and Edward and Verify's struggle to unravel the mystery. There is of course the on going relationship between the two main characters which never fails to entertain. I purchased the entire series of 10 books at a very reasonable price and look forward to the rest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Almost contrived 4 Feb 2014
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Whilst being enjoyable, I felt that some of the situations were almost too contrived; however, on the positive side, the gradual, almost imperceptible shift in Verity's attitude towards the Communist party of the day was very well done and her realisation that most of us are not all either good or bad but a mixture of feelings and attitude.
Altogether a jolly good yarn.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy read. 13 Jan 2014
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The story has characters who are probable for the era and is set to the time period, with all the political tensions of the decade. I spite of that the story is based on murder and detection. If you are looking for a period murder mystery that's not too heavy reading then this is worth a look.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good undemanding read 9 Sep 2013
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I like this series - there is nothing demanding about it - and I do wish the author would get out of the habit of using some very little known words when I know full well that a slightly better author would resist the temptation! This is a minor irritation that will not stop me reading more in the series!
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