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Death at Daisy's Folly (Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries, No. 3) Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425156710
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425156711
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Customer Reviews

This was a good mystery, and had nice development of the main characters.
Michelle Boytim
The mixing of fiction with non-fiction adds a great deal of interest to these books and this story in fact revolves around these historical characters.
Dennis Phillips
Those who enjoy the historical cozy mystery genre will definitely love this series.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on July 5, 2000
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The era of the 'Great House' and the lavish parties held in them are unfortunately, in the past. Thanks to Robin Paige, however, we can relive them vicariously, while being afforded the opportunity to solve a crime or two along the way.
This is the third of a delightful series, set in an exciting time -- the last few years of the previous century. Cameras have already proven their merits, soon it will be motor cars and after that, who knows?
Kate Ardleigh, an Irish-American orphan, has struggled to support herself writing 'penny-dreadful's' under the pseudonym of Beryl Bardwell. When she discovered to her great surprise that she had an aunt -- in England -- she set off for a visit. While she is there, her aunt dies, and suddenly, Kate is an heiress. As an independent woman, however, she refuses to give up her writing. It is while searching for background for her novels, that she first meets Sir Charles Sheridan in her first adventure, Death at Gallow's Green.
Charles is a scientist and photographer who won his knighthood for a celebratory photograph of Queen Victoria, and at first, he indulges Kate's curiosity as a novelty. It doesn't take long for either of them to realize the feelings go much deeper than expected. Now, when he is invited to Easton Grange, home of the Earl and Countess of Warwick along with the Prince of Wales and his entourage, Charles discovers that his older brother -- the heir -- is dying, childless. His plan to propose to Kate is thrown into disarray by a murder. Bertie instructs Charles to investigate, eliminating the necessity to call in the local police, which will certainly dismay Bertie's Mama - the Queen.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Jo Mengeling on March 9, 2004
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As usual in the Victorian Mystery series by Robin Paige, the authors mix in historical people into their fictions. In Death at Daisy's Folly, we spend a country weekend with the Prince of Wales (Bertie) and his mistress the Countess of Warwick (Daisy) along with 20 other guests. The death of the prince's new groom under mysterious circumstances and the definite homicide of a nobleman prompts Bertie to enlist the detecting powers of Sir Charles Sheridan and Kate Ardleigh, both guests for the weekend. The life of Daisy plays a significant role in the story, and the authors have done thorough research into this real person, and they bring her to life so that we can see the charm she must have had to attract the prince. The morals and mores of the Marlborough Set, as the friends of the prince are called, drive the action of the story and provide unexpected motives. The relationship of Charles and Kate deepens, and Charles' responses are particularily delightful. All in all, another winner from Robin Paige.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 2000
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I enjoyed all of the books in this series but this was the best one. The romance between Charles Sheridan and Kate Ardleigh moved along nicely and the mystery was interesting and well thought out. I especially enjoy the historical tidbits of life in Victorian England.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Phillips on May 13, 2005
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In the third book of this series we find Kate Ardleigh and Sir Charles Sheridan visiting Easton Grange the home of Lord and Lady Brooke, the Earl and Countess of Warwick. Among the other guests of this quite real historical couple is the also very real son of Queen Victoria, Prince Albert Edward the future Edward VII. The mixing of fiction with non-fiction adds a great deal of interest to these books and this story in fact revolves around these historical characters. In the previous two books the real people who found their way into the story were for the most part bit players. The story is also aided by the unflinching manner with which the characters are described. The people that have gathered at the Warwick home for a weekend of festivities are all obviously of the highest aristocratic order and this book describes their miserable existence in faithful detail. With this type of immoral, pompous, self-serving elite running things it is a wonder that the Empire lasted as long as it did.

Straight away there is a death that at first appears to be an accident but Sir Charles is not so sure about that. The Prince orders the amateur sleuth to investigate but soon there is another death and this one is definitely no accident. Once again the Prince asks Charles to investigate and this time Charles asks the Kate be allowed to assist him. "Holmes and Watson" the future King announces and goes off to lunch. Charles and Kate turn all of their energies to the investigation but only come up with a few real clues along with a lot of conjecture and what ifs. Finally though, in a rather explosive ending the whole story comes out and justice is done.

As in the previous books, the romantic feelings that Sir Charles and Kate have for each other provide an intriguing side plot.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gray on September 21, 2001
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This is the third book in an excellent series of Victorian mysteries. The romance in these books reminds me somewhat of the delightful Harriet Vane/Lord Peter mysteries by Dorothy Sayers. The historical research is impressive and the writing is great. In Death at Daisy's Folly the authors describe life the highest ranks of society in Victorian England. The Prince of Wales and his mistress, Daisy, are spending a weekend at Daisy's estate. Sir Charles Sheridan is asked by the Prince to investigate a suspicious death, and Sir Charles and the lovely Kate are thrown together again during the investigation. If you enjoy romance, history and mystery, you will enjoy this book.
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