A murder mystery featuring Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne
August 1939, the last hot days of a perfect English summer as the certainty of war descends. Newlyweds Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne are determined to spend these last days of peace quietly in their new house in a sleepy Sussex village - a honeymoon of sorts. But fight against it as he might, for Edward it turns out to be a busman's holiday. When poet Byron Gates is bizarrely murdered after the village fete - executed, in fact, his head chopped off on a wooden block - Edward is asked to investigate.
Alas, murder is not yet done with Verity and Edward, for even in the hallowed studios of Broadcasting House, murder dares to rear its ugly head. Before Verity can take up her new foreign posting, there are more deaths and the intrepid couple embark on one of their most dangerous investigations to date.
Praise for David Roberts:
'A gripping, richly satisfying whodunit with finely observed characters, sparkling with insouciance and stinging menace' Peter James
'A really well-crafted and charming mystery story' Daily Mail
'A perfect example of golden-age mystery traditions with the cobwebs swept away' Guardian
About the Author
David Roberts worked in publishing for over thirty years, most recently as a director, before devoting his energies to writing full time. He is married and divides his time between London and Wiltshire.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The clock is ticking, counting down the days and hours to the end of peace in the hot summer of 1939. Lord Edward Corinth and his new wife, Verity Browne, have taken a house in the country, near to some old friends and to Leonard and Virginia Woolf. But even as Europe prepares for a war that will see killing on a mass level, a small-scale killing of a philanderer -- beheaded on the village green -- commands the newlywed couple's attention. This is one of the better books in this very good series. Over the course of nearly a dozen books, Roberts has managed not only to develop his characters but to instill a gradually-increasing sense of tension as war looms closer and closer. In this latest addition, the village murder -- followed by one in London -- feel rather claustrophobic. Suitably so: there is the classic limited list of suspects, and it is almost with relief that Edward and Verity pursue a mystery that they can try to resolve as a distraction from the looming global conflict that is outside their power to prevent.It will be interesting to see where Roberts takes the series once he reaches the point at which war has broken out... I'll continue to follow the series.
Good, but tends to be very much like the other books in the series