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Death on the Holy Mountain (Lord Francis Powerscourt Series Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

David Dickinson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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The year is 1905 and Powerscourt is sent to Ireland to investigate a series of art thefts from stately houses. Motive troubles Powerscourt; were these robberies merely for gain? A number of Old Masters had been left untouched and the ones taken were all ancient family portraits of the aristocratic Protestant gentry. Are these thefts political?

Then, astonishingly, some of the portraits begin to return – but with altered faces; the aristocrats’ being replaced by those from the estates and towns beyond the gates. Truly an elaborate joke, but then real people begin to disappear – and not long after the first body is found in the chapel at the top of Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s Holy Mountain on the very day 10,000 people make the great pilgrimage to the summit.

More follow, and as Powerscourt makes his way towards the killer his own life comes under threat, while his patriotism, and his devotion to Ireland is called into question on his journey towards the truth.

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"* '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 * 'Dickinson textures his canvas with historical detail as thick as the oil paint on one of his favourite paintings by Turner.' - Kirkus Reviews * '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"

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The seventh thrilling historical crime story featuring Lord Powerscourt takes him to Ireland in order to solve a series of mysterious art thefts.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1569475032
  • Publisher: Robinson (22 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E871Z0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars - Powerscourt in Ireland 4 Jun. 2009
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
First Sentence: The box was brown and tightly bund with string.

Someone is stealing ancestral portraits, and a few old masters, from the homes of the landed Protestant gentry in Ireland. Being of that descent, yet having given up his Irish family home, Lord Francis Powerscourt is asked to find the culprit. The question is whether it is a case of traditional theft, or an attempt to force the land-owner Protestant's out of Ireland. When theft turns to murder, the stakes are raised.

I always enjoy Dickinson's writing but this was dryer and more focused on history than murder than his books I've read so far.

Dickinson's wonderful wry humor is still there, as is his perceptiveness. There is a wonderful comparison of two clergymen; the Catholic priest and the Protestant minister. His introspection is there as well; Powercourt's dilemma as to whether he is for or against the Irish struggle.

The descriptiveness of his writing always appeals to me. He involves all the senses and allows you to see, hear, smell and taste the elements of the story. I particularly liked that he included songs of the period. His characters are well defined and alive. Powerscourt, Lady Lucy and, particularly Johnny Fitzgerald are always a pleasure to rediscover.

The plot, in this particular book, was a bit heavy-handed with Irish history. It was fascinating and I did learn a lot, but it also rather overshadowed the suspense of the story. It was a shame as Dickinson can do suspense very well.

Even so, this was a pleasure to read, kept me involved and certainly anxious to read the next book in the series.

DEATH ON THE HOLY MOUNTAIN (Hist/Enq. Agent (PI)-Lord Francis Powerscourt-Ireland-1905) - G+
Dickinson, David - 7th in series
Constable, 2008, UK Hardcover - ISBN: 9781845296032
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trouble in Ireland 7 Jun. 2012
By Twil
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Another cracking read from David Dickinson, this time Lord Francis Powerscourt is on home territory, back in Ireland, where he and Jonny Fitzgerald originated from.
On the cover of the hardback book, across the top it reads 'A Lord Francis Powerscourt Murder Mystery'. This is misleading to say the least, although there is an unexplained death, it has little to do with the original story, which, again, is intrigue at its best. Robbery and kidnap are the two most prevalent crimes on offer, but, don't let that put you off, it is a very good book, one that will keep you guessing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Holy Mountain of Goodness 1 Aug. 2013
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A thrilling and well written, excellently researched book well worth a read by anyone. A Lord Francis Powerscourt reader holder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good old Lord Powerscourt 14 Dec. 2012
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When many thriller writers give far too many details about the blood and gore of their murders, and their detectives are angst-ridden borderline alcoholic psychopaths, it's quite refreshing to encounter one who's a decent chap (albeit an aristo) and who approaches his cases with a bit of a swagger. The stories don't linger long in the memory, but they're rattling good yarns when you're reading them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A history lesson? 8 Sept. 2010
I had enjoyed many of the Powerscourt mysteries but this one seems bogged down in an interminable, and idiosyncratic, lesson in Irish history. Why do successful authors think that they can preach to their readers after they have had a run of good sellers. Or is it just padding because there isn't much plot?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paintings, Peasants and Powerscourt! 21 Jan. 2014
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This was a good read. Interesting and varied characters with a myriad of personalities all designed to keep the threads moving, intertwining, and unravelling. Sufficient story lines to sustain the reader and plenty of twists and turns to keep one intrigued, right to the end.
I would highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and enjoyable. 21 Jan. 2014
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I enjoyed this as I have on all of the Lord Powercourt series. I like reading historical mysteries, but have my own criteria: they must be historically accurate as far as I know, and I like it when I learn more about history. It must be well written without grammatical bloomers, and I like believable, likeable characters. These books fulfil these points.
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