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

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

by Robin Paige

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425164358
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/1998
Series: Charles and Kate Sheridan Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 202,485
Product dimensions: 6.74(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

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Place of Birth:

Danville, Illinois


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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Death at Bishop's Keep (Charles and Kate Sheridan Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
librarygirlAS More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
jbg78 More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!)
lahochstetler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book introduces Kathryn Ardleigh, a nineteenth-century New Yorker who writes mysteries under a pseudonym. Just as she is looking for her next commission, Ardleigh finds herself summoned to England by a previously unknown aunt to serve as secretary for a mystical society, the Order of the Golden Dawn. When Kate arrives at her aunt's estate, Bishop's Keep, she finds a second aunt who spends her days terrorizing the servants. She also discovers ample material for her next murder mystery. An unidentified dead body suggest possible connections to the Order of the Golden Dawn. Throughout the story Kate must balance her interest in crime with all of the Victorian proscriptions on ladies engaging in unsavory activities. This book was certainly an entertaining read. This is the book that has to send Ardleigh to England to perpetuate the series. I found Kate to be more charming than usual in this book. Her friend Charles Sheridan, on the other hand, was more simpering and pathetic than usual. I did manage to figure out who the murderer was, but there were enough twists and turns to make me doubt myself. All in all, a satisfying and entertaining mystery.
hjjugovic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable little historical fiction mystery series.
lewward on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was fun and easy to read. The perfect book to relax and enjoy. Each book in the series gets better as you learn more about the main characters and what it might have been like to live in Victorian England. It's interesting to see the development of forensic science and what Scotland Yard's reaction might have been to some of what we now consider commonplace items.
ccrown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a fun and easy book to read. I very much enjoyed it and found it charming. The story of Kate Ardleigh, this young American woman who decides without a backward glance to change her life and move to England is well told. At the same time, Charles Sheridan is wrapped up in his fascination with the budding science of criminology and photography and getting the local police to accept his version of a murder at a nearby archaeological dig. That the two meet and come to work together seems inevitable. When Kate's life unravels, who more natural to help her piece it back together than Charles?This is a great book for a rainy day read and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
madamejeanie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kathryn Ardleigh is a struggling young woman, orphaned at an early age, and now supporting herself in Manhattan by doing clerical work in the daytime and writing "penny dreadfuls" at night under the pseudonym Beryl Bardwell. Then, out of the blue, she is approached by a private detective and given an invitation to move to England to live with and be employed by an aunt that she never knew she had. Kate is a strong-willed and resourceful woman and accepts the odd invitation without hesitation. She is everything that a proper English gentlewoman is NOT: outspoken, free-thinking, American with an Irish mother. Her reception at her father's family estate is mixed, for Kate discovers she has not one, but two aunts -- and they could not be more different. Aunt Sabrina is cordial and welcoming. But her aunt Berniece Jaggers is cold, nasty, and condescending. Kate shortly finds herself embroiled in a secret society through her employment, and caught in a world somewhere between polite society and the servants domain belowstairs. She views every experience through the eyes of Beryl Bardwell, taking note of everything new to be used in future mystery stories. And when she finds herself in the middle of a real-life murder mystery, she soon joins forces with another amateur sleuth and budding photographer, Sir Charles Sheridan.The story here was very good, though the clues to the mystery were a bit heavy handed, I thought. It was a good introduction to both Kate and Sir Charles and I look forward to reading more books in this series. 4.
stephlee_77 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Death at Bishop's Keep is the first book by Robin Paige/Susan Wittig Albert that I have read. The "Cozy" mystery has never really been my first choice for a book to read. That being said, I was a little more than pleasantly surprised to find how much I truly enjoyed this book! Kate Ardleigh receives news that not only does she have relatives she never knew existed, her Aunt Sabrina has requested that she come to England to stay with her and become her personal secretary. Kate is so NOT your every day woman of the Victorian time! She is brash, outstoken, quick-witted, doesn't give a hoot about fashion....and is the author of some very popular "penny-dreadfuls"! What a wonderfully strong female character! Once she arrives at Bishop's Keep, Kate finds herself at once mixed up in all sorts of situations: a secret occult society, a closet full of family skeletons, tensions abound, and a local murder! Sir Charles Sheridan is a guest the Ardleigh's neigbors, and a bit eccentric himself. A bit of an amatuer scientist, Charles is trying to help the local police solve the murder of the unknown French man. He is at once dazzled and frustrated with Kate. What ensues is a great mystery and the development of characters that I can't wait to read about again!!
sarradee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First in the Victorian mystery series featuring Kate Ardleigh and Charles Sheridan. Read this for an online mystery book group Daggers and Demons, discussion starts November 15th. Robin Paige is a pseudonym for husband and wife writing team of Bill and Susan (Whittig) Albert. I guess this is properly classed as a cozy, as although there are a few dead bodies their deaths are not described in gruesome detail. Wasn't sure what to expect since I have little experience with cozies unless they feature animals. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself sucked in, so much so that I ordered book two in the series to find out what happened next.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kathryn Ardleigh is from America and secretly writes "penny-dreadfuls" under a pseudonym. She's at the end of a job and is invited to join her Aunts in England, aunts she never knew she had. When she arrives she finds herself embroiled in murder, family drama and the Order of the Golden Dawn.It's interesting and has a fair number of famous people involved but sometimes it just doesn't move as smoothly as it might. Shows promise.
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I liked it.
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