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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson (26 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845298136
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845298135
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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The eighth exciting mystery in David Roberts's increasingly popular classic crime series featuring Lord Corinth and Verity Brown.

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Format: Paperback
Summer 1938, the Henley Regatta, and the circumstances leading up to both Lord Edward Corinth and his lady love, Verity Browne, being in attendance are unpleasant, to say the least. Verity has returned from an assignment for the Communist Party in Prague suffering from TB, and Edward has been plunged into a murder mystery due to a connection with a dead dentist and a cryptic message left at the scene containing the Corinth coat of arms.
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.
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This is the ninth book in the Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne Golden Age of Detection murder mystery series. It is the summer of 1938 and Verity has returned from her intrepid reporting of the deteriorating political picture in Prague with tuberculosis. She is sent to recuperate in a clinic near Henley-on-Thames. There Verity is perfectly placed for her fiancé Lord Edward to both visit her and investigate a series of three deaths in the area which the local police are assuming to be unconnected events but which Edward has good reason to see as being murders performed by the same person. Both Edward and Verity face the machinations of the ruthless killer during the Henley Regatta and also designs on their lives from a Nazi SS agent Major Stille, whom they have encountered in anger in previous books. Thrilling times indeed for both our heroes as England is sucked back into war. This is an entertaining and capable murder mystery, thoroughly imbued with the spirit of the late 1930s.
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Started reading the whole series starting with 4 books in one offer from Kindle. Got hooked on the characters and the historical setting which follows the lead up to WW11.
Now on the last 2 of the set and everyone is a good read.
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I think the reasons this book fails are
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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I really enjoyed this and look forward to reading some more of the series in due course. I found it in the best traditions of Campion and Lord Peter Wimsey but brought up-to-date (but not too much!)
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Unlike some of the other amateur sleuth stately home murder mysteries, the two I have read by this author have more background and deeper storylines. Will gradually work my way through them all.
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