Something Wicked (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Brown) Paperback – 26 Jun 2008
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A gripping, richly satisfying whodunit with finely observed characters, sparkling with insouciance and stinging menace. (Peter James)
A perfect example of golden-age mystery traditions. (Guardian)
The eighth exciting mystery in David Roberts's increasingly popular classic crime series featuring Lord Corinth and Verity Brown.See all Product Description
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As luck, or fate, would have it, a former acquaintance of Edward's, now a Lord himself, has a house near Henley, where Verity is sent to recuperate from her illness, and it's also the place where three murders - classed as accident or suicide - have occurred. So off he goes to investigate...
Though I do agree with a couple of the other reviews that parts of the plot are a little contrived, it's still a good read. The reader is plunged into the action right from the off, and the pace is pretty much maintained all the way through, apart from a few instances at the clinic where Verity is recuperating. Intertwined with the investigation into the murders is the ever-present threat of war from Nazi Germany, and a former nasty customer involved in the Reich who's decided that Edward and Verity have got in his way one too many times.
I found there was a nostalgic air to this story, not only in the understanding and comparison of class in 1930's England, but also in the realisation that for a lot of the men rowing with such pride for club or country, this would be the last time they would ever be at such leisure. There is also the changes to Verity caused by her illness and the gentle theme of realising your mortality has its effects on her, too, which was interesting to read.
Even if you do guess the murderer, it's still well worth reading, just for Roberts' addictive way of drawing you into a story, and a time of the past forever lost.
Now on the last 2 of the set and everyone is a good read.
1/. The motives for the psychopathic villain were just not credible.
2/. Too muddled.
3/. Implausible plot , too much a pastiche of the wilder plot lines of Agatha Christie.
There wasn't enough well -researched historical description, which is what lifts his other books above the run of the mill.
Whole book just felt a bit lazy.
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boring, plodding, slow...slow hero, unbelievable plot, silly heroine...Published 14 months ago by april
Entertaining and slightly reminiscent of Sayers. I find all of David Roberts books to have similar qualities. Good time fillers.Published on 25 July 2013 by aka kiwi