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Sweet Poison (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Browne Murder Mysteries) (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Brown Murder Mysteries) [Paperback]

David Roberts
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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24 Jan 2002 Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Brown Murder Mysteries
It is August 1935 and the Duke of Mersham is hosting one of his influential parties, bringing together public figures interested in improving Anglo-German relations. One of his guests is General Sir Alistair Craig VC, who swallows poison in the duke's excellent port and dies just as latecomer Lord Edward Corinth and journalist Verity Browne arrive on the scene. The unlikely pair - the younger son of a duke and a journalist committed to the Communist Party find common ground as they seek for the truth behind the genera's murder and discover that everyone present - including the duke himself - had a motive for wanting Sir Alistair out of the way. First published in hardback in 2000, this classic detective story introducing Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne was much acclaimed.

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  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Publishing; New Ed edition (24 Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841194026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841194028
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Roberts worked in publishing for over 30 years, most recently as partner in Michael O'Mara books, before giving up to devote his energies to writing full time. He is married and divides his time between London and Wiltshire.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, but ....... 17 July 2010
I like my country house murder mysteries. I really do. So I was quite excited when I saw this. Started with this one, the first in the series. However, I've got to say it disappoints. Lord Edward Corinth is a detective/ man about town and a clear homage to Lord Peter Wimsey. There however, the comparisons with the divine Ms Sayers end. Lord Edward never gets beyond caricature. The dialogue is pure public school golly gosh. I am afraid however that the real annoyance is Verity. She's a Communist but certainly has no problem mixing with the upper classes and appears to have principles that extend no further than her own convenience. This makes her come across as either a freeloader or a hypocrite. She just doesn't ring true at all and she doesn't improve with further acquaintance. This gets three stars because the period detail is OK and if you were stuck on a train with nothing much to read, you could perfectly well read this and it would pass the time. But that's it. Just a bit 'meh' all round I am afraid!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly humdrum, but that's all 13 Feb 2006
By A Customer
I was persuaded to buy this book by the attractive cover design (yes, I know!) and the promise that this might be a series worth getting my teeth into. In the end I felt it was something of a letdown. The 1930s setting is well-established, and the deliberately two-dimensional characters are pleasant enough, but the STORY IS ABSOLUTELY USELESS. It's a classic country-house murder setup, with plenty of opportunity for depth and intrigue, but very little of either resulted. There is barely a moment of tension in the whole book, and by the end of all the pointless to-ing and fro-ing I couldn't have cared less who did the murder. The lead characters (Verity and Edward) have some potential to be engaging in further stories, but the plotting of "Sweet Poison" has just put me off any more of these novels completely. And what a dreadful idea to make them such carbon copies of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane! This just amplifies the considerable inadequacies of these two cardboard creations and does nothing more than make you long to be reading the original. Also, the prose veers into PG Wodehouse territory on quite a few occasions which just muddles the style further - "comedy dramas" rarely work on TV, let alone in print. Go and read Sayers' "Habeas Corpus" instead - you'll have more fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its not Dorothy Sayers 14 July 2013
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I thought the book was okay but neither very original nor particularly well written. I love the Lord Peter Wimsey & Harriet Vane novels by Dorothy Sayers and hoped this might be in the same vein. But although there are (quite marked) similarities in the settings and the lead characters, I felt that Lord Edward and Verity did not "live" in the same way as do Lord Peter and Harriet. At times I just could not believe in them - which made it difficult to care what happened to them. There are also several clumsy errors, where characters say one thing on one page and then say the exact opposite on a later page; and the attempts at humour are often annoying rather than entertaining. Don't think I'll be buying any more in this series. Having said that, I finished the book and found it fairly enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, predictable read 10 July 2013
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A nice, gentle yarn straight out of Girls Crystal Annual. I enjoyed it, but the author has made the mistake of creating a heroine (Verity) who is intensely irritating and not very likeable - so only 3 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD COVER,BUT DON'T JUDGE IT BY THAT 18 Sep 2010
By Barry McCanna TOP 100 REVIEWER
I am interested in the music and fashions of the thirties, and when I saw that this was set in 1935 I began with high hopes. The author has identified a few handy points of reference, like the Cocoanut Grove in Regent Street, and the 400 Club in Leicester Square, not forgetting Lord Weaver the Canadian press baron, in order to bolster an unconvincing plot. Sadly it does not cut the mustard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 9 April 2014
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Not sure this book would be classed as a classic, but it is a good read. The two main characters really engaged me and the plot does not drag along too much. Will read more of these novels.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pity... 1 April 2014
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I thought perhaps this would be a fun book to read but unfortunately the characters, however hard they strive, fail to come alive and seem almost caricatures of the people of that time rather than living, breathing men and women threatened by the state of the world at that time. I simply can not believe that a convinced communist would have behaved as the heroine does, and the insinuations of brainlessness of many of the other characters is very off putting. A pity because some of the ideas were good but the plot seemed to lose its way rather often.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet poison. Very easy read. 16 Feb 2014
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Ok book. Something light to read on a train not much brain power needed. One to pick up and put down with ease.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book I really enjoyed it
Published 1 month ago by ELAINE OSMENT
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale full of twists and turns
A good story that keeps you guessing right to the the end and just when you think you have it figured it twists again. Well worth a read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars Different view of historical era.
Edward and Verity see the development of the war from such different points of view. Verity is a communist and Edward an aristocrat,
Published 7 months ago by A. C. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My first exposure to Lord Edward and the feisty Verity Browne. I loved the era in which it was written and the language used. Thoroughly enjoyable - I shall be reading more
Published 9 months ago by I R Rumsey
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
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... Read more
Published 11 months ago by RoMO
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enyoyable
I love these books. The characters are a joy, the era fascinating & the books written with a light touch whilst being set in dangerous times. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Double interest for the reader good thriller and final twist, plus real historical background, the whole thing wrapped up in beautiful surroundings, Verity Browne would have been... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Monique Arbaud
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, interesting characterisation.
I did enjoy this book despite the prior online ratings. I look forward to reading more in the series. Kept me intrigued.
Published 13 months ago by AlisonBestBicuitsandSweetsintheWorld
5.0 out of 5 stars First purchase of David Roberts book
Bought this because it was only 99p, so what did I have to lose. Simply loved it. I have bought the rest of this series.
Published 13 months ago by Susan Budd
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