Bertie and the Crime of Passion (Albert, Prince of Wales Series #3)

Overview

Bertie (the future King Edward VII) has a princely appetite for tasty morsels of all kinds. With glorious food and glamorous women equally appealing, it's not surprising that he visits Paris every year, with a modest retinue of some 30 faithful servants. The year 1889, however, marks his most eventful trip. First, he is he introduced to the can-can, and second, a murder at a fashionable nightclub allows him to exercise his beloved sleuthing skills, poking the royal nose into showgirls' dressing rooms. With Sarah ...

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Overview

Bertie (the future King Edward VII) has a princely appetite for tasty morsels of all kinds. With glorious food and glamorous women equally appealing, it's not surprising that he visits Paris every year, with a modest retinue of some 30 faithful servants. The year 1889, however, marks his most eventful trip. First, he is he introduced to the can-can, and second, a murder at a fashionable nightclub allows him to exercise his beloved sleuthing skills, poking the royal nose into showgirls' dressing rooms. With Sarah Bernhardt and Toulouse-Lautrec acting as a dual Dr. Watson, His Highness cannot fail to find a solution to the crime-though no bets as to whether it's the right one.

The deliciously inept sleuth Bertie, Prince of Wales, teams up with Sarah Bernhardt in 19th-century Paris to solve a murder at the Moulin Rouge. Royalty mixes with intrigue in a mystery peppered with plenty of entertaining plot twists and a surprising denouement in the City of Light.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lovesey's third spirited mystery to feature Edward VII, Prince of Wales, as a dogged, often fatuous but ever-successful amateur sleuth (Bertie and the Tinman) finds the royal in Paris in 1891. There, Bertie is discreetly enjoying the City of Light's pleasures and his platonic meetings with reigning actress Sarah Bernhard, when Maurice Letissier, prospective son-in-law of Bertie's old friend Jules d'Agincourt, is shot dead at the Moulin Rouge. Present when the unseen gunman fired were Jules, his wife, his newly betrothed daughter and his younger son, all celebrating the engagement while, along with dozens of other patrons, they watched the frenzied dancing of the notorious La Goulue and her partner, Valentin. Bertie's detecting instincts are aroused, especially as he becomes aware of the victim's libertine ways and of his fiance's involvement with Glyn Morgan, a penniless, 50-year-old painter. When the Sret arrest Morgan for the crime, Bertie, convinced of his innocence, is spurred to bolder explorations of the city's seamier aspects, producing at last a surprising confession. A lively evocation of fin-de-sicle Paris, a lightly ironic tone and some tidy plotting add up to another easy-to-take confection from this reliable British author. (Jan.)
Library Journal
This series title details the third adventure of Bertie (Bertie and the Seven Bodies, Mysterious Pr., 1990), the Prince of Wales in 1891. When a friend's soon-to-be son-in-law is murdered in the Moulin Rouge, Bertie-with the assistance of Sarah Bernhardt and Toulouse-Lautrec-uncovers clues to the murder.
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Featuring one of the most deliciously inept sleuths in the annals of mystery writing, this novel finds Bertie, Prince of Wales, in Paris, where with the assistance of such celebrities as Sarah Bernhardt & Toulouse-Lautrec, he sets out to solve a murder.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933397672
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Albert, Prince of Wales Series , #3
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 804,976
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 7.55 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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