Sceptred Isle Club

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In 1906, Sheriff John Le Brun of Jekyl Island arrives in London where he is introduced to the institution of the "men's club." With hundreds of such clubs in London alone, these clubs are where men of certain specialized interests meet, often wielding great power behind closed doors. In the company of his new acquaintance, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Le Brun visits the Sceptred Isle Club where he is to give a talk. But shortly after they arrive, they hear a number of muffled shots.

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Overview

In 1906, Sheriff John Le Brun of Jekyl Island arrives in London where he is introduced to the institution of the "men's club." With hundreds of such clubs in London alone, these clubs are where men of certain specialized interests meet, often wielding great power behind closed doors. In the company of his new acquaintance, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Le Brun visits the Sceptred Isle Club where he is to give a talk. But shortly after they arrive, they hear a number of muffled shots.

A quick investigation reveals that several prominent men have been murdered in the normally locked gambling room - with no survivors and no sign of the culprit. Now, rubbing elbows with the famous and the infamous of the time, the task of solving the puzzle falls to Le Brun. For behind these seemingly senseless, nearly impossible murders, lie a truth and a purpose with far-ranging implications for the entire British Empire.

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Sheriff John Le Brun of Brunswick, Ga., who debuted in The Jekyl Island Club (2000), mingles with another club of powerful men in a mystery that brings a welcome Southern touch to the British historical. Retired at last, the 58-year-old Civil War veteran takes a trip in 1905 to London, where he hopes to meet some of the best minds in the "hub of the learned world." In his first adventure, the largely self-educated Le Brun rubbed shoulders with such financial giants of the day as Joseph Pulitzer and J.P. Morgan. Here he tests his mettle against a ruthless killer and matches wits with Scotland Yard and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in an effort to stop the slaughter. Le Brun happens to be a guest at the posh Sceptred Isle Club when two members of Parliament are shot dead in the gambling room. But for a chance stroke, his host, Trent Godwin, might have been among the victims. Thanks to his reputation as a crime-solver and a good word from Doyle, the American is able to perform a semi-official role in the investigation. Godwin's beautiful stepdaughter, Veronica, a very forward and forward-thinking young lady, provides a surprising romantic foil. Le Brun's quiet doggedness and resourcefulness serve him well as he plays his cards close to the vest while seeming to share with his British counterparts. Anne Perry fans may not know what to think of this unusual Southern detective holding court in gas-lit London, but others are sure to find this well-crafted and entertaining tale just their cup of tea. (June 17) Forecast: Sherlock Holmes fans will be drawn by Doyle's presence, though they won't find a whole lot to cheer. Monahan is also the author of The Bell Witch: An American Haunting. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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"You are sitting with one of the world's best detectives," a friend says of John LeBrun, and no less an authority than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will soon have reason to agree. LeBrun, quondam sheriff of Brunswick, Georgia (The Jekyl Island Club, 2000), is on extended holiday in England. The friend introduces him to the posh Sceptered Isle Club and a classic locked-door mystery. Four aristocratic card players have been gunned down in a room secured from the inside-no weapon in sight when Scotland Yard arrives, no one alive to tell any of the tale. Impressed by his sleuthing skills, the club management hires LeBrun to aid and abet Scotland Yard's Chief Inspector John Tibble, who is less than delighted at the prospect. Conan Doyle, on the other hand, is enormously pleased. Doyle, a Sceptered Isle member, relishes the opportunity to match wits with someone he quickly perceives to be a real-life counterpart of his own "world's best detective." The game's afoot, then, and together, Doyle and LeBrun lead Tibble through a dense thicket of diabolical criminality. The killers they chase are as cunning as Professor Moriarty and as lethally seductive as Irene Adler. LeBrun overtakes his colleagues early on, leaving Doyle a deduction or so behind and Tibble in their wake. "You're just a relentless crime-solving machine, " the outclassed Tibble acknowledges at one point. "I suppose I am," replies LeBrun with Holmesian aplomb. Baker Street Irregulars taking a breather from the collected works might enjoy giving this adventure the analytical eye.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312313685
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Brent Monahan is the author of eight previous novels including The Jekyl Island Club, which also features Sheriff Le Brun. He lives in Yardley, Pennsylvania with his wife, Bonnie, and children, Caitlin and Ian. He collects chess sets and hardly beats anyone.

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