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4.0 out of 5 stars Not As Good As Others In This Series
It's 1935 and we are introduced to Lord Edward Corinth, upright but loveable British aristocrat, and the independent, rather contrary Verity Browne, journalist and paid member of the Communist Party yet from a bit of a rich background herself. Both are on their way to a dinner at Mersham Castle, Edward's brother Gerald's country seat, where the Duke is trying to promote...
Published on 19 Oct. 2011 by Crux Roesia

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, but .......
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...
Published on 17 July 2010 by Playwright


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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Poison, 24 Nov. 2003
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This review is from: Sweet Poison (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Browne) (Paperback)
A fantastic book you can really get your teeth into. A bit Agatha Christie but with more depth. Set in the thirties it combines fictional murder with history fact. I have now read the rest of the Lord Edward Corinth books and David Roberts gets better and better. Hard to put down!
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic detective story set in the 1930s, 1 Feb. 2001
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This review is from: Sweet poison (Hardcover)
Lord Edward Corinth reluctantly accepts an invitation to dine at Mersham Castle with his brother the Duke. The Duke is holding a series of dinners to bring together influential soldiers, diplomats and politicians with the object of bringing Germany into the family of nations.
Edward crashes his Lagonda and is given a lift by Verity Browne whose bright eyes and feisty manner immediately attract him. They arrive at the castle with dinner finished and the port being circulated. One of th eimportant guests, General Craig, drinks his port and dies a horrible death. Someone has put cyanide in the Duke's vintage port.
The Duke is enraged to read an account of the general's death in the next morning's papers and it is borne in on Edward that Verity was not quite what she pretended. She is in fact a reporter for the Communist Party's Daily Worker.
He searches her out but instead of laying into her he finds he has gone into partnership with her to find out who the murderer is.
In a delightful, light-hearted murder mystery, a splendid oddly assorted-pair of detectives is born and we must hope that Verity and Edward combine to investigate many more murders in the future. For anyone who enjoys Dorothy Sayers or Agatha Christie Sweet Poison is a "must". The thirties are effectively evoked and the characters are attractive and believable.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic detective story set inthe 1930s, 31 Jan. 2001
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If you enjoy Christie or Sayers you will enjoy this classic detective story set in 1935. Lord Edward Corinth arrives late at Mersham Castle for a dinner given by his brother, the duke. He has put his Lagonda in a ditch and been rescued by Verity Browne, a black-eyed girl he takes to immediately. At the castle, they are telling their tale when General Alistair Craig drinks poison in his glass of the duke's vintage port. The duke is not pleased to read in the next day's press an account of the murder and Edward realises it comes from Verity who turns out to be a reporter on the Communist Party's Daily Worker.
He is determined to find her and remonstrate with her but ends up joining forces with her to discover who has murdered the general.
With satisfying twists and turns and an odd-couple team of detectives this is a book to curl up with and just enjoy.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping good yarn, 29 Jan. 2002
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Set in the thirties, amongst political upheval, this is a seriously good whodunnit. The main characters are at opposite ends of the political spectrum, the Lord Edward Corinth opposed to Verity Brownes communist leanings, which provides interest rather than bickering debate. However the main beauty is the authors attention to detail of the 1930's. If you enjoyed Gosford Park then this is the book for you.
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