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on 13 June 2016
A decent continuation of the series. It covers the immediate aftermath of the marriage and the attempts to settle in. In many ways they resemble Agatha Christie's Tommy and Tuppence Beresford.
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on 26 January 2015
Marvellously atmospheric, and a greater depth if character for the two main characters than ever before. I hope there will be mire, but fear that the war may have stopped this, as it did so much if it be the last, then thanks for the enjoyment!
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on 15 January 2014
The tenth -and I think the last- of the series. There is a murder and a detective but there is the background of the period just before war was declared. I find the books are nicely light without being silly.A good read if you've just finished something violent and sinister
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on 15 April 2018
enjoyable read
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on 26 July 2013
A well researched and exciting tale. Real people are well mixed with fictional ones and the story moves along well.
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on 11 February 2015
What lighthearted fun, wartime thriller, I enjoyed it.
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on 26 January 2014
Like David Roberts books have now read all he's written only wish he'd written more? Would most definitely recommend to any crime fans.
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on 8 June 2013
I love Edward and Verity. I enjoy the era in which the books are set and I have learnt a lot of the run up to World War II
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on 14 June 2011
The outbreak of another World War is weeks away, and Lord Edward Corinth and his new wife, the indubitable journalist Verity Brown (now Lady Edward) are spending the last days of peace in the Sussex village of Rodmell, where they have taken a house, the Old Vicarage, on the advice of their friends. The village is also the home of writer Virginia Woolfe and her husband Leonard, along with a few other creative types, a retired First World War veteran and an impassioned vicar. It's at the annual fete that the obnoxious womaniser poet, Byron Gates, is murdered, in a particularly gruesome beheading, and though Edward tries hard not to get involved, the combination of his own and Verity's natural curiosity will not let him sit aside.

Amongst the investigating of Gates's death, the temporary guardianship of his daughters, deepening their acquaintance with the neighbours and the visits to London to pursue their roles in the forthcoming conflict, which is in the air all around them, particularly in a capital readying itself for raids, the newlyweds soon find the days flying by. Can they solve the murder of Gates and the subsequent linked deaths before the war will tear them apart, perhaps forever?

'Sweet Sorrow' is another good story from this engaging, well-written series. Apparently, this is the last in the series, and if that is the case, you are left to make up your own mind how the characters and those about them fare in the war.
A fitting end to Edward and Verity's stories, if so.
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on 8 September 2010
I have read a number of the books in this series and I found this one rather disappointing - it cannot make up its mind if it is a historical novel about the Woolf's or a piece of detective fiction. Alas, it does neither job particularly satisfactorily: the 'plot' is weak and the denouement rushed.
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