on 16 January 1999
When the fourth Baron of Somersworth dies, his brother Charles Sheridan must hastily return home to assume the title's responsibilities. Charles' Irish-American spouse Kate accompanies her beloved mate. However, her efforts to become a successful Baroness lead to her miscarriage and inability to have children any longer. Concerned about Kate's mental state, Charles takes her on a vacation in the coastal town of Rottingdean, just outside Brighten.
When the distraught couple arrives at the vacation hot spot, a coast guard is killed and a second death shortly follows. The Prince Regent orders Charles to investigate the two killings. Very quickly, the married couple concludes that most of the townsfolk are engaged in illicit smuggling with the contraband stored beneath the city. However, the activities go way beyond the local level as they threaten the health of the entire empire.
DEATH AT ROTTINGDEAN is a mesmerizing story line that has seemingly endless excitement. Set in late Victorian England, readers glimpse a country still struggling with the impact of the industrial revolution. Science and technology seems to advance at a rate similar to today's information technology revolution. Still, the old class system remains viable and alive. Robin Paige provides fans with an excellent historical mystery that will have genre fans searching for the previous four fabulous novels in this special, one-of-a-kind series.
This is the sixth in a series of cozy mysteries written by a husband and wife team under a pseudonym. Set in Victorian England, they are well-written and well-researched. Each book has historical person or event that is intertwined in the storyline, making it of particular interest to those who enjoy their history. The historical notes found at the end of the book delineate the author's reasons for the inclusion of that person or event. Replete with period detail and the social mores evocative of a bygone era, this is a series of historical mysteries that is well worth reading.
Lady Kathryn and her husband, Charles, now the Baron of Somersworth, are taking a much needed holiday at Rottingdean, a quaint seaside village that used to be known for its smuggling proclivities. Their days of rest and relaxation are numbered, however, when the body of a coast guard is discovered on the beach. They soon suspect that the old smuggling trade may not have gone quite out of fashion and that the townspeople are not so ignorant of what is really going on. With the aid of their friend, an author named Rudyard Kipling, Kathryn and Charles are intent upon setting to right what has gone terribly wrong in Rottingdean.
The main characters are engaging, and with each passing book, the reader becomes more fully engaged with their lives. As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery. While the mystery is intriguing, it is simply the framework around which the characters evolve. This is definitely a cozy historical mystery series that is a must read for all those who enjoy this genre.