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

David Roberts
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25 Oct 2002 Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Brown Murder Mysteries
In 1936 Lord Edward Corinth is asked by press lord Joe Weaver to recover letters stolen from Wallis Simpson by a former mistress of the king. He goes to Haling, a country house where the thief is a house guest, but soon the case becomes a double murder and he and Verity Brown investigate.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Constable; First edition. Hardback. edition (25 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841195715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841195711
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 900,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Roberts worked in publishing for over thirty years, most recently as a director, before devoting his energies to writing full time. He is married and divides his time between London and Wiltshire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good quick read 9 Sep 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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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 Very 1930's 19 Aug 2013
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David Roberts is new to me. I read Sweet Poison first and that was a bit slow, this book takes off much better and the pair are unusual but for all that believable. They make a welcome change.
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