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!