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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Engaging Adventure for Corinth and Browne
In the fifth installment of the Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne mystery adventures, Edward enlarges his extensive social circle still more with the addition of such austere folk as Winston Churchill when he is asked to find out who is slipping secrets of armaments etc to the politician. His investigations also include the search for a missing Foreign Office worker...
Published on 11 Aug 2011 by Crux Roesia

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
A complex and interesting read. Verify is in Spain covering the war, Edward is invited to meet a high meandering at the Home Office. A quite in depth study of the blitz on Guernica, all linked to two deaths on the office. Near death experiences, little romance and adventure. All set before the second war, with spying the underlying story.
Published 13 months ago by A. C. Green


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4.0 out of 5 stars Another Engaging Adventure for Corinth and Browne, 11 Aug 2011
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This review is from: The More Deceived (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Browne Murder Mysteries) (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Brown Murder Mysteries) (Paperback)
In the fifth installment of the Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne mystery adventures, Edward enlarges his extensive social circle still more with the addition of such austere folk as Winston Churchill when he is asked to find out who is slipping secrets of armaments etc to the politician. His investigations also include the search for a missing Foreign Office worker who had access to such secrets. But when the man's body is found mockingly hung from the bottom of Chelsea Bridge, Edward realises there is a lot more to this situation than people are letting on.
At the same time, his worries about lover and sleuthing partner Verity increase as she returns to report on the front line of civil war in Spain, and then word of her ceases. Combining a need to track down a fellow Communist of Verity's party after another murder with a compunction to ensure that she is safe, Edward finds himself heading for Guernica, a small touristy town that's about to become a guinea pig for foreign bombs...

'The More Deceived' is another pleasurable read from this pre-World War II series, with Lord Edward on usual sweet yet clever form and Verity and her friends providing a different viewpoint of society to spice things up. The murder mystery in this story is stronger than some others in the series, which adds to the overall enjoyment of the book. Recommended reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read rather than must read, 10 May 2011
This review is from: The More Deceived (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Browne Murder Mysteries) (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Brown Murder Mysteries) (Paperback)
This is the fifth book in David Robert's series about the detective couple Lord Edward Corinth, with all his establishment connections, and independent minded, communist journalist Verity Browne (any resemblance to another prewar sleuth couple can't be entirely coincidental). Set in the 30's they aim to recreate the style of the golden age detective stories, though with a consciousness of history - war is known to be getting closer (this story is set in 1937 - Browne spends much of the time reporting on the Spanish Civil War, allowing a scene in Guernica) - than could be the case with stories written at the time.
At the beginning of the story Corinth is asked to investigate leaks from the Foreign Office - Churchill is getting sensitive information from somewhere and is using it to fuel his campaign for British rearmament. Corinth agrees to do what he can, however, having met the great man he finds himself in sympathy with his views and unhappy with trying to thwart him. Fortunately a body soon turns up so he is able to redirect his energies to finding the murderer.
Thereafter, the story ambles amiably along and in due course justice is done.
I enjoyed it and it's perfectly readable, but the detective story element does gets rather lost in other strands e.g. a) the continuing transformations of the main characters - Verity's main role in the story is to provide Edward with sufficient emotional upheaval to cause him to question his instinctive political/ social loyalties, whilst his pragmatism is used to mildly temper her idealism. And b) there is a sense that some of the political/ espionage elements are being flagged up so that they can come to a head further on in the series - fine but it feels as though these elements of the plot and some reappearing characters are only there so they can appear more substantial several books hence.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting., 15 Jun 2013
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A complex and interesting read. Verify is in Spain covering the war, Edward is invited to meet a high meandering at the Home Office. A quite in depth study of the blitz on Guernica, all linked to two deaths on the office. Near death experiences, little romance and adventure. All set before the second war, with spying the underlying story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The fifth book, 23 Feb 2014
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Another installment of the adventures of verify and Edward. This time two murders, and one attempted murder. War looms even nearer and Edward races to Spain to save verify who is in the middle of a war zone. A great read and a good price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story., 19 Sep 2013
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I've not yet finished reading the book - almost there. I like the story, well written, but it took a little time before getting to the action. Again, I like the fact that the writer has been brave enough to NOT follow modern trends - i.e. not allowing a fictional character to have opinions regarded as 'risky' by today's standards. Homosexuality, Communism and various other life styles are often an enigma to those who don't live it, but that doesn't mean the writer should be barred from expressing the opinions of fictional characters in the story, which may or may not be the opinion of the readers - or even the writer himself (or herself).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Deceived, 3 Sep 2013
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Not nearly as good as some of the others in the series. I just can't get into the story and the characters are very wooden.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK for a holiday read, 2 Aug 2013
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Story a little disappointing, characters lacked definition. Would not buy any more in the series. This is all I want to write!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deceiving!, 31 July 2013
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This was the first in this series of books I have read. David Roberts captures the pre-war period to perfection and the story inter-weaved with historical fact keeps one turning pages and at the end wanting more. I look forward to following the exploits of Edward and Verity in other stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old fashoned charm, 31 July 2013
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This was a 'great' novel. Its entertainment value is top notch especially as it concerns the fashionable pre and wartime era of the late 30s, early 40s. Of course our hero is too perfect and our heroine's flaws are tremendously endearing but there is enough substance to sustain the interest and make one look for a sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A modern man?, 30 July 2013
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Well written and moves at a good pace. But tries a bit too hard to make leading character both of his time but with modern inclinations. However a good read and sets the pre war picture very well.
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