Death at Bishop's Keep (Charles and Kate Sheridan Series #1)

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Kate Adrleigh is everything the Victorian English gentlewoman is not—outspoken, free-thinking, American...and a writer of the frowned upon "penny-dreadfuls."

Soon after her arrival in Essex, England, a body is unearthed in a nearby archeological dig—and Kate has the chance to not only research her latest story...but to begin her first case with amateur detective Sir Charles Sheridan.

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Overview

Kate Adrleigh is everything the Victorian English gentlewoman is not—outspoken, free-thinking, American...and a writer of the frowned upon "penny-dreadfuls."

Soon after her arrival in Essex, England, a body is unearthed in a nearby archeological dig—and Kate has the chance to not only research her latest story...but to begin her first case with amateur detective Sir Charles Sheridan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425164358
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/1998
  • Series: Charles and Kate Sheridan Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 209,885
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Wittig Albert

Robin Paige is the pseudonym of husband-and-wife team Susan Wittig Albert and Bill Albert. Susan Wittig Albert is the author of the China Bayles mysteries Thyme of Death, Witch's Bane, Hangman's Root, Rosemary Remembered, Rueful Death, Love Lies Bleeding, Chile Death, Lavender Lies, Mistletoe Man, and Bloodroot. Bill Albert is the coauthor, with his wife, of more than sixty novels for young adults. They live in the Texas hill country.

Biography

Susan Wittig Albert grew up on a farm in Illinois and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. A former professor of English and a university administrator and vice president, she now lives with her husband, Bill, in the country outside of Austin, Texas. In addition to the China Bayles mysteries, she writes the Victorian Mysteries series, along with her husband, under the pseudonym of Robin Paige.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Books, LTD.

Good To Know

In our exclusive interview with Albert, she revealed some fun facts about herself:

"My first job was selling ladies' undies at Woolworth's for 35 cents an hour in Danville, Illinois."

I learned to garden from my mother, who thought that the most important thing you did every spring was to plant the potatoes. I learned to read from my father, who never planted a potato in his life. Somehow, I managed to create a life and make a living between these two extremes. Happily, I haven't had to go back to selling undies. Not yet, anyway."

"I love living in the country with Bill, two black Labs, and a black cat. I'd rather read a book or write one than do just about anything else in the world, except maybe for gardening and sitting in a bathtub full of hot, hot water and bubbles. Or knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing -- I'm a fiber-arts fanatic."

"You can find out what I'm doing today (or what I did yesterday) by checking out my web log, at susanalbert.typepad.com/lifescapes (but there's no web cam, so don't look for me in the bathtub)."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Robin Paige
    1. Date of Birth:
      1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Danville, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    Still holds up

    This is an older book that I read when it first came out. I recently purchased it for my nook after purchasing some of Susan Wittig Alpert's Beatrix Potter books (she and her husband use Beatrix Potter as a character in the second book of this series). Bishop's Keep was just as much of a fun, compelling page turner the second time around. This is the most I've had to recharge my nook battery since my husband gave it to me 7 months ago!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Super!

    This was a great read! I really like stories about this era. I like the way that the author changes the dialect. It takes some getting used to but makes the story so much more enjoyable! I already have the next one!

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  • Posted December 3, 2013

    Will Do In a Pinch

    I believe this is the first book in the series and as such I feel that it is a good first effort. The writing is lively in places and in others, it feels forced and unnatural. Her characters tend to be very one-dimensional and therefor lack the depth to make them interesting. She relies heavily on cliches--such as the all-evil religious aunt who has not one redeeming trait about her.

    The mystery is not so mysterious, but that doesn't seem to be the main focus of the stories. Rather, she seems to focus on the characters and their interactions. Hopefully, the following mysteries will improve.

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  • Posted May 11, 2013

    Disapointing

    I went ahead and finished this book, but it seemed just plain silly. I know I read good reviews of it, so don't understand it. I do not recommend this book, and am now leary of other books by Paige. Should I be?

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Not a great read...burdensome story line

    This is the first in the Kate Sheridan series & I found it a little difficult to get through. I'm going to try book two & see if the story line is less burdensome. I prefer the other series that the author(under her own name) writes such as The China Bayle Series.

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  • Posted March 2, 2010

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    Death at Bishop's Keep

    I did not know that Bill and Susan Wittig wrote books together. The book discussion I attend is conducting a author chat with Susan Albert Wittig, and I thought that reading a book in this series would give me some interesting questions to ask. It did. I appreciated the research that the authors must have done to get the social attitudes of the time proper. Overall, I enjoyed this book. I will read more from this series. The time period is interesting and the characters are engaging. It would be a great rainy day read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2004

    Awesome Series

    If you've read Susan Wittig Albert, don't hesitate to grab this series written under the pseudonymn of Robin Paige, by Susan and her husband Bill. The characters in the books are charming and the unusual twist is that they integrate true historical figures from the turn of the century into their works. I HIGHLY recommend the series and it just keeps getting better. (Particularly if you like strong women!)

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