Overview

The discovery of a headless corpse jeopardises Queen Victoria's glittering Diamond Jubilee!

In this second Lord Francis Powerscourt mystery, London is preparing for the 1897 Diamond Jubilee. But one morning a man's corpse with no head or hands is dragged out of the Thames. He is old, but not destitute. With no clues to his identity, the police ask for Powerscourt's assistance. His investigation leads to a mysterious mansion in Oxfordshire, with classical temples in the gardens ...

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Death and the Jubilee

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Overview

The discovery of a headless corpse jeopardises Queen Victoria's glittering Diamond Jubilee!

In this second Lord Francis Powerscourt mystery, London is preparing for the 1897 Diamond Jubilee. But one morning a man's corpse with no head or hands is dragged out of the Thames. He is old, but not destitute. With no clues to his identity, the police ask for Powerscourt's assistance. His investigation leads to a mysterious mansion in Oxfordshire, with classical temples in the gardens and in the house a second corpse, killed in a fire. On the track of the murderer, Powerscourt soon realises that both he and his family are in great danger - and so is the Queen's Jubilee . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780334103
  • Publisher: Constable & Robinson
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Lord Francis Powerscourt
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 382,323
  • File size: 794 KB

Meet the Author


With an honors degree in Classics from Cambridge, David Dickinson joined the BBC, where he became editor of Newsnight and Panorama, as well as series editor on Monarchy. He lives in London, England.
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