Bertie and the Seven Bodies (Albert, Prince of Wales Series #2)

Bertie and the Seven Bodies (Albert, Prince of Wales Series #2)

by Peter Lovesey
     
 

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The eldest son of Queen Victoria, Bertie will one day be King Edward VII. For the moment, though, his primary responsibility is to enjoy himself, a task at which he excels, bedding society beauties, tormenting his long-suffering wife, and taking his royal bulk off to other people's country estates. It is at just such an estate that the story unfolds, though this is

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The eldest son of Queen Victoria, Bertie will one day be King Edward VII. For the moment, though, his primary responsibility is to enjoy himself, a task at which he excels, bedding society beauties, tormenting his long-suffering wife, and taking his royal bulk off to other people's country estates. It is at just such an estate that the story unfolds, though this is no ordinary shooting-party, and with a killer afoot, the glittering guest-list is dwindling rapidly. Bertie greets the murders with some delight, as they allow him to exercise his passion for amateur sleuthing (a task at which he doesn't particularly excel).

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When a killer stalks a dinner-and-gameshooting party on an English country estate, the corpses drop like pheasants. High-living Albert Edward (``Bertie''), Prince of Wales, who made his detective debut in Lovesey's Bertie and the Tinman , is the fumbling sleuth and rakish narrator, loosely modeled on the real-life prince who became King Edward VII. Bertie discovers that the nursery rhyme ``Monday's child is fair of face . . . '' holds the key; each line of the poem points to the next victim. Among the dwindling group of party guests, one of whom is the murderer, are an Amazon explorer, a stuttering poet and a scheming actress. Half the fun of this romp lies in watching Bertie invent, then discard, one theory after another; for a while his suspicions even fall on the widowed hostess he wants to bed. The other half comes from Lovesey's light mockery of Victorian manners and sexual mores in a bright, entertaining tale whose bantering tone conceals artful plotting. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933397368
Publisher:
Felony & Mayhem, LLC
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Series:
Albert, Prince of Wales Series , #2
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
5.55(w) x 7.49(h) x 0.59(d)

Meet the Author

A teacher before becoming a full-time writer, British mystery author Peter Lovesey is best known for his Sergeant Cribb series starring a Victorian-era police detective in London and his Peter Diamond mystery series featuring a modern-day detective in Bath. He is also known by his pen name Peter Lear. The author of more than 30 acclaimed mystery novels, Lovesey has won Britain’s Gold and Silver Dagger awards, among many others.

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