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Death and the Jubilee (Lord Francis Powerscourt Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

David Dickinson
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Find a murderer - and save the Queen's Jubilee!

It is 1897 and the London is preparing for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. But a corpse is with no head or hands is dragged out of the Thames. The dead man was old and proserously dressed, but there are no other clues to his identity and the police ask for the discreet assistance of Lord Francis Powerscourt.

His investigation leads him to a mysterious mansion in Oxfordshire, with classical temples in the gardens and in the house, a second corpse killed in a fire. On the track of the murderer, Powerscourt realizes that both he and his family are in mortal danger - and the outcome could wreck the Queen's Diamond Jubilee...

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A cracking yarn, beguilingly real from start to finish... you have to pinch yourself to remind you that it is fiction - or is it?

(Peter Snow)

This is detective fiction in the grand style; the characters and the plot soar upwards and carry us in their wake. Powerscourt's debut in this intoxicating book is the start of a gilded life in the archives of crime.

(James Naughtie)

In this excellent novel, Dickinson weaves a tale of blackmail and murder among the royals late in Victoria's reign... One hopes to see more of Lord Powerscourt and his friends in the near future. (Publishers Weekly)

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Mystery surrounds the death of Queen Victoria's grandson

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1257 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841197963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841197968
  • ASIN: B005E86ZAC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,672 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful historical mystery 4 Feb. 2009
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: One nondescript room at the top of the War Office in London had become the nerve center of the British Empire.

London is excited about the upcoming Diamond celebrating the 60th year of Queen Victoria's reign, but there are also great concerns about security.

A corpse, without head or hands, is found floating in the Thames. Because the body appears to be a wealthy, older gentleman, Lord Francis Powerscourt is brought in to work with the security forces to identify the corpse and determine whether there is a greater threat.

The investigation leads Powerscourt back to his native Ireland, into the world of international banking and facing a personal threat.

I was afraid, at first, that this book might be a bit dry for my taste. It definitely was not.

There are great characters. Powerscourt is an ex-soldier, who is wealthy, urbane, literate, polite, and confident of his position in life. He loves his wife, Lady Lucy, and family, is capable of expressing emotion. Lady Lucy is no vapid Victoria female, but intelligent and holds her own. There is delightful interaction between Powerscourt, Lady Lucy and their children which adds humor and a softer note to the story. While they take the lead, the supporting characters, some of whom are recurring in the series, are well developed and integral to the story.

Dickinson's sense of place is strong enough that his description of a cricket match made me actually want to understand the game. The verbally paints with contract: "All around were the signs of England in the Spring...Then Powerscourt saw the sad remains of Blackwater House."

The story is very well plotted with escalating suspense. It begins with a seemingly straightforward murder but quickly become much more and goes places I didn't expect. There is no question that I shall read more books in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Plots and uprisings 18 April 2013
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I discovered I had read this before but didn't recognize the title. It is as much about the world of banking as about Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee. The plots of the Irish rebels and the uprisings in Germany that led to the first world war. Lord Francis Powercourt and Lady Lucy in the thick of things. A good, involved and gripping read - this whole series is a joy to read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb piece of writing! 29 May 2013
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This was an excellent read. Like the first of The Lord Powerscourt novels it was full of twists and turns, a multiplicity of threads drawing the reader into the storyline and creating an atmosphere of eager anticipation. I await the third novel with bated breath, I am certain it too will prove an exciting "page turner" . I would place the author, David Dickinson, in a class of his own.
I would happily recommend this novel to anyone who is a fan of the murder mystery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting subject matter 9 May 2013
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I enjoyed this book. We forget about the Irish independence issue or think it was a recent issue, but every generation has had to grapple with it and the Victorians were no different.
Also the power of Great Britain little more than 100 years ago was astonishing to those of us brought up in the latter half of the 20th century.
The writing was good and interesting. Whilst not a page turner, it was well written and I enjoyed it and will read more of the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book very much. 7 May 2013
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This book held my interest throughout. It semed free of the kind of egregious errors we so often see, like going tpto Victoria Station to catch a train to Glasgow, and in every way I could identify it was an accurate representation of the era.
Looking back on it, some of the characters did seem a bit too good to be true, including the main proponent. But this didn't bother me at the time. I just went along with a cracing good story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Murders of a family 9 May 2013
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This book is worth reading as it is well written and gives a good insight how the police used to work in some parts it is a bit slow but is more of a puzzle to try to figure out where the story is going it is based around a family of bankers who are being murdered one by one in various circumstances making you want to read more to discover who is next. Some sections of the book are a bit slow but it is worth progressing .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death and the Jubilee 21 July 2013
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This is the second book in the Lord Francis Powerscourt series. I enjoyed it very much. Just as you think it has come to the end, the sub plot takes over and has to be unravelled. The characterisation is excellent. The main characters, Lord Francis, his wife and his faithful friend appear in all the series I believe. I found it to be a great page turner and look forward to reading the next in the series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting. 11 Jun. 2013
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Don't know that I would bother reading anymore of them but this was good with an atmosphere of Victorian England. There, is that enough words??? It's like being back in school. At least I write these reviews in proper English with capital letters and punctuation - not Pidgin like so many reviewers do.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping Yarn
Death and the Jubilee, the 2nd Lord Powerscourt novel was highly enjoyable, just as good as the first installment. Fully recommended.
Published 4 months ago by John William Boundy
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
v boring
Published 6 months ago by AILEEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good easy historical read
Published 8 months ago by lesley ralston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another great story from this author, never disappoints
Published 12 months ago by Carol Cole
1.0 out of 5 stars Death and The Jubilee, David Dickinson
attempted to read this ages ago, and did not particularly enjoy it, in fact I don't think I finished reading it, so for me not good
Published 18 months ago by Mrs Paticia Ann Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
This book is very well written and an enjoyable read underneath the duvet on a winters night I loved it
Published 20 months ago by Silverbadger
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy enough to read
I enjoy the crafting of the characters and the locations used in the storyline and which are so well described.
Published 21 months ago by S F Canfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series of books.
Extremely well written. Maybe too cerebral for many readers who just want an easy read. Excellent characterisation and historically, very well covered. Read more
Published on 23 July 2013 by Alison Bits and Bag Lady!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This 2nd book in the series equally lives up to the 1st one. A great read. Recommend these books to anyone

Published on 13 July 2013 by Gilly
4.0 out of 5 stars Death and the Jubilee
New author to me but have found the book easy to read and what a coincidence with this being a jubilee year too!
Published on 7 July 2013 by silver vixen
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