The More Deceived (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Browne) Paperback – 13 Oct 2005
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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)
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.See all Product Description
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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.
All in all it is "top totty, don't y'know"!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A far more substantial book research wise. Getting grittier on the run up to the outbreak of war. More depth and understanding in the love between Verity and Edward.Published 8 months ago by anniesue
Another installment of the adventures of verify and Edward. This time two murders, and one attempted murder. Read morePublished on 23 Feb. 2014 by Julie
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.Published on 3 Sept. 2013 by D. J. Holdsworth
Story a little disappointing, characters lacked definition. Would not buy any more in the series. This is all I want to write!Published on 2 Aug. 2013 by S K Stewart
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... Read morePublished on 31 July 2013 by Lynda Lock
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. Read morePublished on 31 July 2013 by Francesca
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. Read morePublished on 30 July 2013 by K. Grant
As someone who studied history as an undergraduate, I dislike 95% of historical novels - which are, just, unhistorical. Read morePublished on 28 July 2013 by Richard Koch (real name)