- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Berkley Books; Reprint edition (Feb. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 042518384X
- ISBN-13: 978-0425183847
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.2 x 17.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,009,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death at Epsom Downs (Victorian Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – Feb 2002
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The series revolves around Lady Kathryn and her husband, Charles, Baron of Somersworth. This time they are off to the races at Epsom Downs for the Derby, as Lord Charles, an avid and renowned photographer, has been commissioned to take photos of the finish of the race. Unfortunately, a jockey is killed during the race, when the horse he is riding does the unthinkable.
Suspicions of doping and the potentially detrimental effects of such on racing and betting prompts those in high places to engage the services of Lord Charles to investigate just what really happened. Lady Kathryn, meanwhile, schedules Lillie Langtry, who happens to be at Epsom downs, for an interview in hope of writing an article about the famous actress. What she discovers serves only to aid her husband in his investigation. Together, they are, indeed, a formidable investigatory team.
It is of interest that these books always seem to include a historical personage or event that is intertwined into the mystery at hand. The historical notes at the end of the book are most enjoyable, as they allow the reader to understand the reasoning and research that went into such inclusion.Read more ›
Meanwhile actress Lillie Langtry has been accused of stealing jewels herself and suing the bank which lost them. Lillie does not come off well and we get to see a lot of her and of a child she supposedly had with the Prince of Wales.
The hero and heroine of the tale accept a commission from the Jockey Club to look into the doping without causing a scandal. However this becomes a murder investigation when a bookmaker is found dead. He had been owed a lot of money by many people - including Lillie - but he was planning to organise the bookies not to accept bets on horses from stables which ran doped horses.
There are a few Americanisms in the text such as a calico cat - we'd call it tortoiseshell and white - and others but not too many. The author duo are mystery author Laura Wittig Albert and her husband.
The story is very slow to get going but if you stick with it you will find the story unfolds and is quite enjoyable.