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The More Deceived (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Browne) Paperback – 13 Oct 2005

3.9 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: C & R Crime; 1st Paperback Printing edition (13 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845291336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845291334
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 481,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a witty and meticulous recreation of the class-ridden middle England of the 1930s... a perfect example of golden-age mystery traditions with the cobwebs swept away, for the many readers who like their sleuthing elegant and their sex and violence concealed behind the curtains. (The Guardian)

Roberts just keeps getting better with each book in this historical series... This is first-rate fun, informed by telling period detail and an intelligent portrayal of the political issues behind the Abdication Crisis. It's highly recommended too for fans of Love in a Cold Climate and Gosford Park. (Publishers Weekly)

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Top secret leaks and Churchill fears for the safety of the realm Winston Churchill is dismayed to receive unauthorised information on the perilous state of Britain's rearmament programme in the year 1937. The Foreign Office brings in Lord Edward Corinth to investigate the leaks.

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A decent contribution to the series. Corinth and Verity continue to develop as characters and to edge closer together in their relationship. The plot hangs together well and the late 1930s flavour seems quite authentic. The amateurish and aristocratic elements of society are well portrayed.
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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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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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When I read the summary of this book, I rather fancied it as an extension of Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence series which I thoroughly enjoyed but always felt that they were rather shallow. This book is anything but. Still with the idea of landed gentry playing at being an amateur sleuth but with much more drama and a plot which is more complex. The reader is taken to places that they probably will not have been and experiences that they definitely will not have had. It is gritty stuff. There has been an enormous amount of historical research carried out and this shows in both the characters and the depicted scenes. I look forward to reading otehr books in this series.
All in all it is "top totty, don't y'know"!
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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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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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