Death on the Lizard (Charles and Kate Sheridan Series #12)

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Two apparently accidental deaths at the Marconi telegraph station. The drowning of a local girl. Two cases that involve Charles, Lord Sheridan, and his wife, Kate, in foreign espionage, malicious intrigue, and inexplicable messages sent out of the blue.

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Two apparently accidental deaths at the Marconi telegraph station. The drowning of a local girl. Two cases that involve Charles, Lord Sheridan, and his wife, Kate, in foreign espionage, malicious intrigue, and inexplicable messages sent out of the blue.

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Publishers Weekly
Set in Cornwall in 1903, Paige's 12th Edwardian mystery (after 2005's Death at Blenheim Palace) offers the usual mix of decent writing and period atmosphere. Charles, Lord Sheridan, amateur sleuth for the British movers and shakers, discreetly probes a series of accidents and fatalities that have plagued the nascent efforts of Guglielmo Marconi to establish his wireless telegraph company. Sheridan is faced with a short deadline, as the Prince and Princess of Wales are due to attend a demonstration of Marconi's new technology. His wife, novelist and independent spirit Lady Kate Sheridan, takes an atypically subordinate role in identifying the culprit behind the industrial sabotage. There's not much of a puzzle to uncover, and readers will find a deeper look at the same era in David Dickinson's Lord Francis Powerscourt series (Death of a Chancellor, etc.). Paige is the pseudonym of the husband-and-wife writing team of Susan Wittig Albert and Bill Albert. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425210390
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/3/2007
  • Series: Charles and Kate Sheridan Series , #12
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 143,745
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.97 (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.


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 (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:
    2. Place of Birth:
      Danville, Illinois
    1. Education:
      Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    End of are territoriy


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  • Posted July 21, 2012

    Great read

    Although I have not begun this book, the other eleven I have read. In my estimation this series is the best Robin Paige (Susan Wittig Albert) work. It is my hope that she continue this series, as it is the best she has ever done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012


    Its so sad that i snuggled all 45 of my stufft lizards. Worst book ever. Its TOTALY MEAN TO LIZARDS!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fantastic historical mystery

    Two years earlier, though the competition is fierce, the Marconi Wireless Telegraphy Company successfully sent the first wireless message across the Atlantic from their Bass Point Station in Lizard Village, Cornwall. However, by 1903 much of the initial euphoria has worn off as sabotage slows down progress. More frightening, a fisherman finds the battered body of Jack Gordon who the officials declared fell off the nearby cliff to his accidental death. When a second accident leaves another employee dead, the company and the locals conjecture whether a rival is warning off the workforce no one believes an accident occurred as two tragedies so close together seem too coincidental especially since more damaging disruption including the stealing of a key valuable piece of equipment has occurred at the wireless station. --- While Lady Kate Sheridan visits her grieving friend Lady Jenna Loveday, whose daughter Harriet recently drowned, local authorities ask her husband Charles, a successful amateur sleuth, to investigate the two ¿accidental¿ deaths that they now believe are homicides. He soon connects Harriet¿s drowning, the deaths of the employees of the wireless company to the industrial espionage and sabotage, but that knowledge places Charles and Kate in danger from a person willing to kill to take control of the growing international communications business. --- DEATH ON THE LIZARD is a fantastic historical mystery, which in spite of a wonderful who-done-it investigation, the early twentieth century communication technology takes front and center as readers cannot help but to compare it with cell phones and internet instant chat lines, etc. The story line is action-packed, but also provides a deep historical look at Cornwall and at the beginnings of the technology revolution. The key cast members, not just the sleuthing marital team, are fully developed as Team Paige is at their best with this insightful look at the late Victorian Age. --- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted November 6, 2011

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