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Death of a Chancellor (Lord Francis Powerscourt Series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

David Dickinson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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A case of murder in the cathedral

Compton Minster is preparing to celebrate a very special anniversary in the year 1901 - a thousand years of Christian worship. But a few weeks before the main ceremonies, a high official of the cathedral, the chancellor, dies in mysterious circumstances, and no on except the doctor and the undertaker is allowed to view the corpse. It then transpires that the chancellor was one of England's richest men. When his sister suspects foul play, Lord Francis Powerscourt is asked to investigate. As Powerscourt paces the ancient cloisters and listens to evensong from the choir stalls, he begins to suspect that a terrible secret lies hidden in the cathedral, one that may have someting to do with the anniversary. Then a chorister is strangles, his body found turning on the great spit in the Vicars Hall kitchen. Powerscourt himself escpaes death by a whisker, as does his wife, Lady Lucy, before he uncovers the astonishing secret of Compton Minster and unmasks a murderer.

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"Dickinson is as adept as ever at mixing historically accurate fact with a terrific yarn." -- Good Book Guide

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A case of murder in the cathedral

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1221 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E870BK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: There was just one figure on the deck of the ship at four o'clock in the morning.

The Chancellor of the Cathedral at Compton has been found dead in his chamber by his servant. Together with the doctor and undertaker, they arrange for no one else to see the body. Upon discovering her brother was one of the richest men in England, The Chancellor's sister, married to a wastrel, hires Powerscourt to find out how her brother died and, if murdered, find the killer. After another death, Powerscourt comes to suspect the motives are very different than anything he's dealt with before.

Dickinson opened with an excellent opening that drew me into the story and the characters. He has a unique voice with almost a lightness to it that indicates just how much he enjoys his characters and writing his books.

I love his characters; Powerscourt, whom the author allows occasional mental flights of fancy and wonderful wry humor; Johnnie Fitzgerald, the Irishman who loves wine and bird watching; William McKenzie, the tea-totaling Protestant Scotsman who can follow a suspect for days, and Powerscourt's beloved wife, Lucy. His secondary characters are equally strong, particularly Patrick and Anne.

The historical information may set me running to the internet, but I always Dickinson's research holds true. I appreciated the important, but concise, definitions of the various roles of the church figures, the information on the Reformation and the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538 and learning the difference between the ritualists and the Evangelicals in the Anglican Church at this time. I do caution that Catholics will probably not like this book.

The plot was excellent and built bit-by-bit; body-by-body.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner in the Powerscourt series 22 May 2013
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The Powerscourt series of mystery stories review current issues in the guise of late Victorian/Edwardian detective stories. Whether the author is doing this consciously or unconsciously I do not know, but realising it is happening adds spice. This one is about an attempt by a crew of renegade Anglican clergy to take over an Anglican Cathedral in the name of the Roman Catholics. Their guns are spiked only at the very last minute by the use of cavalry. For me it reminiscent of Benedict XVI's attempt to hi-jack Anglican clergy in the face of his own priest-supply crisis. Be that as it may, the story is nicely told and the period well evoked. The climax is exciting and, just barely, plausible. Throughout the author is partisan to the Anglican position, and if the reader cannot tolerate this it may spoil the book. A second-generation atheist friend found the Protestant/RC clash incomprehensible. I did not like the Roman Church described as simply 'Catholic' throughout; there are also of course Orthodox Catholics (lots in Greece and Russia), Anglo-catholics, Old Catholics, even Quaker catholics I'm told.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Historians beware 30 May 2013
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The Powerscourt novels are fun in an undemanding way - don't look for 3-dimensional characters or subtlety of any nature - but they are wryly humorous with a generally simpatico air. The period background & feel are authentic enough if you can swallow the whale of incongruous plotting & the blithe overriding of historical truth. But the utter disregard for genuine historical context in this one begins to feel like contempt for the intelligence of the reader. It has a silly plot & a nasty, sectarian tone that suggest the author is getting complacent about his readership. Avoid this one & enjoy some of the others - they may be equally silly in parts but they don't leave a bitter taste in the mouth.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Lord - Murder is served 14 Mar. 2006
By Amelrode VINE VOICE
This was my second David Dickenson's murder mystery and I just loved every page of it.
I found it even better than "Goodnight Sweet Prince" as the characters have become more rounded, full and kind of personal. Lord Francis Powerscourt, the main character, and his wife Lucy, their children Thomas and Olivia but as well their best friends Johnny Fitzgerald are personalities one can bond with. Their relationship and friendships are described by their deeds and not by my grand words. I like that very much.
The plot is excellent. Final Revenge after 350 years... well I am not going to say more about it. Just one more hint: turn a stone in a cathedral and one never knows what will creep out!
David Dickenson puts his education and background to excellent use. His description of the end of the Victorian area is superb. He describes the net-working of the most powerful in a most convincing manner. And gets his history right!
But most divine is his description of Augusta Cockburn - here he hit the head of the nail. This must be a perfect role for any actress. She would surely win the Oscar as best supporting actress for it.
Anyway, I suppose you have got my message by now: 5 stars
Go and buy this intoxicating book and meet Lord Francis, his friends and family and enjoy a great murder mystery! I am going to get my “third dose” soon as two more books
by David Dickenson are waiting.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A bit far fetched 14 Nov. 2013
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I have thoroughly enjoyed the first three books in this series and when I started reading, thought this would be the same. Oh dear, murderous converts to the Catholic faith? As a convert myself I have never felt the urge to murder the local Anglican clergy and claim back an old church and neither did my fellow converts from the turn of the century. They were to busy shaping the fledgling Catholic community. However can see the temptation to make a plot. Also got cross with the regular use of the phrase 'If you know, or you see what I mean'

Not your best David
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I always enjoy this series
Published 4 months ago by Dylan's Nana
4.0 out of 5 stars Death of a Chancellor
Have never read any of David Dickinson's books before and it held my interest from the first page. I look forward to reading more of the stories in the series.
Published 9 months ago by Ann Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent murder mystery for those who like historical who-dun-its
Excellent murder mystery for those who like historical who-dun-its. The mixture of fiction with known historical facts and characters works very well.
Published 12 months ago by Brainfudge
1.0 out of 5 stars The scenario of the plot was too fantastic to be believable
The scenario of the plot was too fantastic to be believable. It added insult to injury to use the name of a well know Passionist priest, Fr Dominic Barberi who died in 1849 as the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by M E COOKE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great story
Published 13 months ago by Carol Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good real as expected
David Dickinson writes a fantastic story in the late 19th century and early 20th. Once one picks up one his books you are lost and with the best will one just has to read on. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. M. A. Bowen
4.0 out of 5 stars More Powercourt enjoyable reading.
I've reviewed this series before, this book doesn't let it down. Good characterisation, plots, and historical data. Looking forward to more.
Published 19 months ago by Sojo
5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned good read!
I am really enjoying this series of books by David Dickinson. Not the type of book I would usually read, but I have to admit I like the characters and the plots, and It's nice to... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Kindle CustomerOpal
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive.
This is the fourth book in an impressive series about an unusual but likeable private investigator. Set at the end of Queen Victoria's reign and with a complex plot mixed in with... Read more
Published on 29 July 2013 by Hazel ZorabTanzi
4.0 out of 5 stars Victorian hero triumphs again.
This is definitely one of my favourite reads this year and better than Book 3 in the Powerscourt series. It has the usual helpers, but the best bit of action when.. Read more
Published on 20 July 2013 by Fiona Murphy
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