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Hollow Crown (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Brown Murder Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

David Roberts
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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It is October 1936. Lord Edward Corinth is invited by his friend Joe Weaver, the press lord and close friend of the British royal family, to recover certain letters stolen from the king’s intimate friend Wallis Simpson. There is no mystery about who has taken these letters – a woman called Mrs Raymond Harkness, a former mistress of the king and a close friend of Edward’s.

When Edward goes down to Haling, the country house of conservative MP Leo Scannon where Mrs Harkness is also a house guest, he is far from easy in his mind at the task before him, but he cannot guess that retrieving stolen goods is to be complicated by murder…

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Roberts just keeps getting better with each book in this historical series... This is first-rate fun, informed by telling period detail and an intelligent portrayal of the political issues behind the Abdication Crisis. It's highly recommended too for fans of Love in a Cold Climate and Gosford Park. (Publishers Weekly)

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 Crimes of Agatha Christie)

Roberts (use of period detail. gives the tale terrific texture. Recommend this one heartily to history-mystery devotees.' Booklist)

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. (Guardian)

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Lord Edward Corinth is invited by his friend Joe Weaver to recover certain letters stolen from the King's intimate friend Wallis Simpson. There is no mystery about who has taken these letters - a woman called Mrs Raymond Harkness a former mistress of the King and a close friend of Edward's.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 573 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1841197742
  • Publisher: Robinson (22 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E87WQI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #161,195 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great 1930's Mystery 23 Feb. 2011
This being my first foray into the adventures of Lord Edward Corinth and his plucky heroine sidekick Verity Brown, I didn't quite know what to expect but was drawn to the book by the plot, which centres around the impending abdication of King Edward for his then mistress Wallis Simpson. I wasn't disappointed! Roberts has a way, without any discernible use of phrase, of hooking the reader into the story and making them see the main characters. That, and the adventure/mystery that follows, keeps you turning pages.
In this adventure, the loveable if somewhat 'stiff-lipped' gentleman Lord Edward is sent to retrieve some potentially embarrassing letters written by the king to his American divorcee lover, that have been stolen from her boudoir by a former scorned mistress of the king, whom Lord Edward Corinth happens to know. We step into the world of the 1930s country house for the next part of the tale, where Edward succumbs to the sinister beauty of a fellow guest, and then murder occurs. So now he has two problems on his hands. Enter Verity, the indomitable Communist Party journalist and past partner in Edward's mysteries. Can they solve the murder and return Wallace Simpson's lost property before the government is compromised, or England's enemies get their hands on our secrets?
A great story, well-recommended, particularly as I read it just before seeing 'The King's Speech' at the cinema, which gave both stories a greater appeal!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Historically mad, but good fun anyway 21 Jan. 2006
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David Roberts' indomitable mismatched couple, Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne, are plunged into an adventure surrounding some letters stolen from the notorious Wallis Simpson, mistress of King Edward VIII. Taken as a light-hearted romp, this plays well, with the requisite country houses, hot and cold running butlers, jolly jaunts on motorbikes through the countryside, cozy artists' flats in darkest bohemian Chelsea, shopping sprees at Harrods, and the like.
Where the author goes slightly astray is in the insistent polemics about Fascism and Communism inserted throughout. It's true that these were important political questions of the day, and serve as background to the story. The Jarrow March is an interesting backdrop, not strictly relevant to the story but a dimension seemingly brought in to highlight the differences in character between the two leads. But the class-and-politics verbal battles between Verity and Lord Edward are starting to ring false - it's obvious to all that these characters are simply filling space by fighting their mutual attraction, and the political points of their differences seem at best irrelevant. I found myself growing impatient with Lord Edward's constant kowtowing and apologizing to the self-important Verity. She is insistently impolite to him, berating him for things he cannot help, like the class he was born into, she belittles him at every turn, and her wildly inflated ego makes her appear to think she is running the press for the entire Spanish Civil War at the age of 26.
There's also a bit of fast and loose played with history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read 9 Sept. 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good historical novel 22 Aug. 2013
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This book has a sensible story line interwoven with historical information. Easy to read and enough information to guide you towards the villain but some surprises along the way. A good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 3 another success 14 Feb. 2014
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This is the 3rd book in the series of mysteries involving Lord Corinthe and Verify. A great story with enough twists and turns to keep you engrossed to the end. Highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Plot, seemed a little rushed. 6 Oct. 2013
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Seemed a little rushed, characters and plot could have been expanded on, Still a decent read if you enjoy this type of detective story, easy reading.
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Golly gosh, old bean! What a spiffing read! Fast moving, marvellous characters, great story that keeps you guessing to the end. What more could you ask for? The great thing is that the author has done a terrific job of researching the history of the period and brings the real life charcters alive. You may, or may not like the upstairs-downstairs life that isdepicted but that does not detract in any way from the read. A top notch book worthy of an evening by the fire.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another page-turner 7 July 2013
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Once again I rattled through this addition to the Lord Edward and Verity series. I've read quite a lot of history books about this period and didn't notice any glaring inaccuracies so went with the flow and really enjoyed it. I'm trying to read these in series - and I suspect it's probably going to work best if that's the way you do it!
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