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The Horn of Roland [Paperback]

Ellis Peters
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6 Jun 1991
When Lucas Corinth is invited back to the Alpine town of Gries-am-See, it is as a favoured native son. Since his boyhood there during the war, he has become a famous composer and conductor. But over the celebrations falls a shadow. In revenge of an act of betrayal, Lucas's life is at risk.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; New edition edition (6 Jun 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747236003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747236009
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 686,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars satisfying & honourable 9 Dec 2002
Format:Hardcover
The four stars, not five are because this doesn't reach the giddy heights of 'The Heaven Tree' - Edith Pargeter in her other incarnation.
But as always, Ellis Peter's affection and respect for her characters - and her readers - make this a welcome change from sleaze and shock. If you've read Anne McCaffrey's Harper Hall books, these are their distant, earthbound ancestors.
An honestly plotted mystery book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic who dunnit 9 July 2013
Format:Paperback
This book was bought as a gift for my mother - second hand as she was unable to obtain a copy without paying extravagant prices
the book was practically new
just what she wanted
speedy delivery
great classic by Ellis Peters

worth reading
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Felse mystery 16 April 2008
By Hanley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I recently found this book at the library and was eager to read it, since it is hard to find non-Brother Cadfael books by Ellis Peters. I was happy to find it was as good as the Inspector Felse mystery series she wrote at the same time. Inspector Felse is not in it, but the plot is just as good. It reminded me of The House of Green Turf with it's unraveling of the past piece by piece.

It takes place in a tiny Austrian village where the WWII war hero returns after many decades to conduct the first performance of his new compositon, The Horn of Roland. Unfortunately, not only do old memories surface, but also new threats from the time of the Nazi occupation.

The mood is set, the characters seem real, the scenery is magnificent, the plot is believable, and the end is surprising. Just what you'd expect if you're a fan of Ellis Peters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Mystery - Good Book 25 Aug 2007
By C. Schaub - Published on Amazon.com
I don't think Ellis Peters' "The Horn of Roland" is a great detective novel, but in spite of its flaws I liked it.

The setting is a village in Tyrolian area of Austria. As a teenager during World War II Lucas Corinth worked with the underground escorting anti-Nazis across the Alps into Switzerland. As the Nazis were closing in on his cell, he escaped but his mentor/friend was captured. 30 years later Lucas, now a world famous composer and conductor, returns. Amidst the festivities, he is accused of betraying his friend and warned he will be killed.

As a mystery this book is only so-so. The identity of the avenger is pretty clear early-on, the protective actions of the police are inept, and the private sleuthing is absurd. What I liked about the book is the how the would-be avenger and would-be victim affect each other. I hesitate to use it, I believe the word spiritual best describes what happens to them.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's been one of my favorites. 17 April 2013
By Bernita N. Holsteen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I think Ellis Peters mysteries are the best. Characters are believable . Plots are well planned. I love the involvement with music.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspector Felse like mystery 16 April 2008
By Hanley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I recently found this book at the library and was eager to read it, since it is hard to find non-Brother Cadfael books by Ellis Peters. I was happy to find it was as good as the Inspector Felse mystery series she wrote at the same time. Inspector Felse is not in it, but the plot is just as good. It reminded me of The House of Green Turf with it's unraveling of the past piece by piece.

It takes place in a tiny Austrian village where the WWII war hero returns after many decades to conduct the first performance of his new compositon, The Horn of Roland. Unfortunately, not only do old memories surface, but also new threats from the time of the Nazi occupation.

The mood is set, the characters seem real, the scenery is magnificent, the plot is believable, and the end is surprising. Just what you'd expect if you're a fan of Ellis Peters.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cozy mystery 16 April 2008
By Hanley - Published on Amazon.com
I recently found this book at the library and was eager to read it, since it is hard to find non-Brother Cadfael books by Ellis Peters. I was happy to find it was as good as the Inspector Felse mystery series she wrote at the same time. Inspector Felse is not in it, but the plot is just as good. It reminded me of The House of Green Turf with it's unraveling of the past piece by piece.

It takes place in a tiny Austrian village where the WWII war hero returns after many decades to conduct the first performance of his new compositon, The Horn of Roland. Unfortunately, not only do old memories surface, but also new threats from the time of the Nazi occupation.

The mood is set, the characters seem real, the scenery is magnificent, the plot is believable, and the end is surprising. Just what you'd expect if you're a fan of Ellis Peters.
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