"England, 1897, London is preparing for Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, the celebration to mark her sixtieth year as Queen and Empress of a quarter of the surface of the globe. Fifty thousand troops from across her vast Empire will gather in the capital: Hussars from Canada, Carabinieres from Natal, Lancers from India and over a million Britons will be watching her ride in state from Buckingham Palace to St. Paul's Cathedral. The immense importance of the occasion inevitably brings danger in its wake." "The trouble begins when a body is found ...
"England, 1897, London is preparing for Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, the celebration to mark her sixtieth year as Queen and Empress of a quarter of the surface of the globe. Fifty thousand troops from across her vast Empire will gather in the capital: Hussars from Canada, Carabinieres from Natal, Lancers from India and over a million Britons will be watching her ride in state from Buckingham Palace to St. Paul's Cathedral. The immense importance of the occasion inevitably brings danger in its wake." "The trouble begins when a body is found floating in the Thames at London Bridge. Scotland Yard calls in Lord Francis Powerscourt, the private investigator introduced in Goodnight Sweet Prince. His researches lead him to a mysterious mansion in Oxfordshire, with ancient temples in its gardens and more recent secrets in the house. There a second corpse is found, burnt to death, in a room locked from the outside. Following the deaths by water and fire, Powerscourt is led into the arcane world of bonds and futures in the City of London, before a cryptic message from an old friend takes him back to his native Ireland and a terrifying night encounter deep in the Wicklow Mountains. As the investigation proceeds, Powerscourt realizes that more is at stake than murder, and his mission is far greater than simply to find a killer - upon his success or failure lies the triumph of the Imperial Jubilee." Powerscourt's own life, and that of his family, will also stand in terrible danger before he can solve his mystery. Will Victoria's loyal subjects be able to salute their monarch in safety? Only if Powerscourt can crack the riddle of Death and the Jubilee.
Less a whodunit like its predecessor, Goodnight Sweet Prince (2002), than a tale of intrigue and action, Dickinson's second Lord Francis Powerscourt mystery centers on efforts to disrupt Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897 through terrorism and economic warfare. The book's success owes much to Powerscourt, a quick-witted and empathetic detective, whose professional talents are balanced by his deep love for and delight in his wife and children. Since few suspects and motives emerge in the course of several murders, most of the later suspense stems from the frantic attempts of our hero and his cohorts to thwart the various plots to undermine the British Empire. Fans of Anne Perry and Robin Paige are sure to enjoy this installment in a promising series. (Feb. 10) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
When the headless corpse of a wealthy old man is found floating in the Thames in 1897, the Met calls in private investigator Lord Francis Powerscourt (Goodnight, Sweet Prince, 2002) to identify the remains and stave off the bounty hunters. Powerscourt soon discovers that the body is that of the patriarch of the Harrisons, an Anglo-German banking family who turn to Powerscourt and ask him to find the killer. No sooner has he begun, though, when a suspicious fire sweeps through the Harrison mansion, incinerating Frederick Harrison, the son who had hired Powerscourt, leaving a young, orphaned nephew, Charles Harrison, in charge of Harrison's Bank. Powerscourt asks his wife, Lady Lucy, to interview the elderly, confused Harrison spinster and sends his friend Lord Fitzgerald to Berlin while he works to safeguard London for the approaching celebration of Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. Because the public pageant of the Queen riding in state to St. Paul's Cathedral presents a prime opportunity for late Victorian terrorism, Powerscourt must return to his native Ireland, then as now a hotbed of anti-British violence, to track down missing arms. Meantime, Harrison's Bank runs into difficulties that pose their own dangers to the Jubilee-and ultimately to Lady Lucy. Powerscourt's family brings out his appealing humanity, and the historical detail adds texture to other characterizations. Given enough subplots, one culminating in a pyrotechnical rescue and a Beethoven soundtrack, for two or three novels, one hopes that Dickinson has saved some invention for the sequel.