Death In Hyde Park

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Coronation Day, 1902. Charles and Kate Sheridan are pleased to be at the crowning of their king. But when an anarchist accidentally blows himself up with a bomb meant for their monarch, Charles and Kate turn up a number of intriguing--and disturbing--questions. For example, what is mysterious, beautiful Charlotte Conway--editor of the anarchist newspaper where the dead man was employed--doing in the arms of expatriate author Jack London?

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Overview

Coronation Day, 1902. Charles and Kate Sheridan are pleased to be at the crowning of their king. But when an anarchist accidentally blows himself up with a bomb meant for their monarch, Charles and Kate turn up a number of intriguing--and disturbing--questions. For example, what is mysterious, beautiful Charlotte Conway--editor of the anarchist newspaper where the dead man was employed--doing in the arms of expatriate author Jack London?

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Susan Wittig Albert and Bill Albert, the writing team known as Robin Paige, clearly understand the chemistry involved in working closely with a spouse, and that informs and enlightens this charming historical mystery series featuring married sleuths Kate and Charles Sheridan. Death in Hyde Park opens with the coronation of King Edward VII, a stunning spectacle marred by the death of an anarchist -- a young Russian who is killed when the bomb intended to destroy the new monarch explodes prematurely. Official investigation quickly leads to the office of an anarchist newspaper, where the young man was employed as a messenger, and the police hurry to arrest all on the premises. Only the editor, Charlotte Conway, eludes them. Charlotte's daring rooftop escape brings her to the shelter of Kate's estate, a radical training school for women farmers. Meanwhile, Kate's husband, Charles, an acknowledged expert at "discreet inquiries," undertakes a confidential investigation on behalf of the government, which doubts that the errand boy could have hatched this nefarious plot on his own. When Charlotte leaves their shelter the next day, and vanishes, Charles and Kate work the case from opposite ends. Charles enters the dangerous world of London's radical underground while Kate masterminds the search for the missing editor. It soon becomes clear that several agendas -- those of the British police, the anarchist movement, and the Russian secret police -- have formed a dangerously combustible mixture that will take only a single spark to explode. This talented writing team has a flair for capturing the ambiance of their chosen time and place. Here, they've added to the fun by including Jack London, the noted American adventure writer and self-declared socialist, as a character in the action. Sue Stone
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In the 10th entry in this historical husband-and-wife amateur sleuth series (after 2003's Death at Glamis Castle), the pseudonymous Paige makes a less than successful attempt to comment on post-9/11 America. Once again, the powers-that-be ask liberal aristocrat Lord Charles Sheridan to investigate a crime, here the detonation of a bomb in Hyde Park that kills a suspected anarchist seemingly en route to Buckingham Palace shortly after the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. The explosion raises fear of further outrages, and the king's equerry delivers a royal request that Sheridan determine the extent of the terrorist threat. The lord's independent wife, Kate, slips into her usual role as unofficial helper, conducting a parallel inquiry. Atypically, there's no actual mystery to unravel, while the legitimate parallels between Edwardian England's fears of terror attacks and today's U.S. get lost amid heavy-handed touches such as naming the lead Scotland Yarder charged with protecting the British homeland "Ashcraft." Sheridan's speculation about the future invention of something very much like a cellphone is jarringly improbable. Finally, Jack London fans may be dismayed to see London commit a brutal crime that's totally out of character for the real-life adventure writer and socialist. (Mar. 2) FYI: Paige is the nom de plume of the husband-and-wife writing team Susan Wittig Albert and Bill Albert. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425201138
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Series: Edwardian Mystery Series , #10
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 296,775
  • Product dimensions: 4.36 (w) x 7.06 (h) x 0.83 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2004

    A PRIME PERIOD THRILLER

    The husband and wife team who write under the pen name of Robin Paige are making wide inroads into the period thriller field. What a prolific pair - the duo have penned more than 60 books for young adults and she (Susan Wittig Albert) is also the author of the China Bayles mysteries. Their last Victorian mystery, Glamis Castle, ranked high with readers, and 'Death In Hyde Park' will undoubtedly do the same as the writers deftly explore turn-of-the-century methods of crime detection and create intriguing fictional characters who mix with actual persons of that time - in this case, Jack London. The year is 1902 when Prince Albert is due to replace the exalted Queen Victoria on the throne to become King Edward VII. Just as it rains on many parades, there was a damp chilly rain falling on Coronation Day. However, there's more than inclement weather to mar what was meant to be a celebration. An anarchist, Yuri Messenko, believed that 'Assassination was a moral response to the immoral institutions and governments that spawned' what he perceived as horrors. Further, he was desperately in love with the very mysterious Charlotte Conway, editor of the newspaper where he is employed. Thus, for these two reasons he intended to send the newly crowned king to his heavenly reward by detonating a bomb. However, Yuri was an inept assassin - he tripped, fell on his satchel, and blew himself into pieces. Suspecting that there was more than one involved in the attempt on his life the new King asks his friends, Lord Charles Sheridan and his wife, Kate, to investigate. The Sheridans unearth many clues, all of which lead them in different directions. Their investigation takes a more intriguing turn when the beautiful Charlotte turns up in their home. She has been romantically involved not with Yuri but with American writer Jack London. As always the Sheridans do manage to unravel this tangled mystery and emerge unscathed. For those who take their mysteries with dashes of period drama 'Death In Hyde Park' should be on their list of must-reads.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2004

    Good but not great

    In 1902 on the same day that Edward is crowned as the king, anarchist Yuri Messenko dies when the bomb he carried exploded when he accidentally dropped his satchel setting off the explosive while he strolled through Hyde Park with a purposeful stride. All the king¿s men believe the deceased was coming to Buckingham Palace to kill the monarch, but the explosive detonated too soon when Yuri tripped. The king¿s retinue worries that other assassins and terrorists perhaps sponsored by the Clarion newspaper will try again and howl for justice............................ The king's equerry Frederick Ponsonby royally orders Lord Charles Sheridan to investigate whether the dead man planned to kill the newly coroneted Edward VII and the probability of other terrorists lurking for the moment to complete the atrocity. Charles begins making inquiries while his wife Kate begins her own investigation...................... Robin Paige makes a case that Edward¿s England is similar to Bush¿s America just after 9/11. However, instead of allowing the readers to surmise the parallel actions and reactions, Ms. Paige forces the comparisons so that the audience never needs to ponder what they are and why. The inquiries are fun to follow, but take a backseat to the comparisons between then and now. The lead couple remains charming and the rest of the cast is solid though renowned author Jack London will feel off kilter. However, though intriguing, a lot more cerebral inference would have made this a super tale rather than an in your face story............................ Harriet Klausner

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