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February 1, 2005

Coronation Day, 1902. Charles and Kate Sheridan are pleased to be at the crowning of their king. But when an anarchist accidentally blows himself up with a bomb meant for their monarch, Charles and Kate turn up a number of intriguing--and disturbing--questions. For example, what is mysterious, beautiful Charlotte Conway--editor of the anarchist newspaper where the dead man was employed--doing in the arms of expatriate author Jack London?


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In the 10th entry in this historical husband-and-wife amateur sleuth series (after 2003's Death at Glamis Castle), the pseudonymous Paige makes a less than successful attempt to comment on post–9/11 America. Once again, the powers-that-be ask liberal aristocrat Lord Charles Sheridan to investigate a crime, here the detonation of a bomb in Hyde Park that kills a suspected anarchist seemingly en route to Buckingham Palace shortly after the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902. The explosion raises fear of further outrages, and the king's equerry delivers a royal request that Sheridan determine the extent of the terrorist threat. The lord's independent wife, Kate, slips into her usual role as unofficial helper, conducting a parallel inquiry. Atypically, there's no actual mystery to unravel, while the legitimate parallels between Edwardian England's fears of terror attacks and today's U.S. get lost amid heavy-handed touches such as naming the lead Scotland Yarder charged with protecting the British homeland "Ashcraft." Sheridan's speculation about the future invention of something very much like a cellphone is jarringly improbable. Finally, Jack London fans may be dismayed to see London commit a brutal crime that's totally out of character for the real-life adventure writer and socialist.
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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.

Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425201139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425201138
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turn of the century (20th) terrorist plots. May 6, 2005
Format:Hardcover
This tenth book in the Kate and Charles Sheridan series deals with the problem of terrorists (or anarchists as they were called then) in England. Apparently in 1902, during the reign of Edward VII, there was fear of this type of violent action. England has just retreated from the Boer War, and they find that their "Jolly Old" is full of foreigners, and surely some of those foreigners must be dangerous! This book is not a mystery story at all. The only death is an accident when a bomb actually blows up the person who was carrying it. It appeared that the bomb was meant for the King and Queen on his Coronation Day. Charles is asked by his King to find out if there is a real anarchist threat, or whether or not this was an isolated incident. The characters are pretty good, and Kate and Charles are delightful as always. Also the writing team of Bill and Susan Albert (pseudonymously knows as Robin Paige) have done their homework. They do a good job of providing enough historical detail, and actual historical people (in this case the American author Jack London), to make the story interesting. This wasn't a bad effort in my mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Set of 12 Books June 23, 2012
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This review is mainly about how much I love this series of Victorian mysteries. There are 12 in all, and they are a pure pleasure to read. Every one of them feature a real life person who was at the location the authors have placed them in the various books. They use real historical facts to include them in the books and they mingle with the fictional characters nicely. These books are very clean so no worries about coming upon bad language or sweaty x-rated scenes! Each chapter is headed with a paragraph from a real newspaper or book of the time, or something from one of Beryl Bardwell's books. Beryl is the book writing alter ego of the female protagonist in this series. If you love a mystery with historical facts thrown in, and set in England, then this is the series for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death in Hyde Park September 23, 2011
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Really excellent. Historical aspects seem authentic, and are consistent with what I have learned from other sources. The Wittigs are among my favorite writers. Good yarn!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bombs Away August 7, 2005
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Fans of this series will already be very familiar with Queen Victoria's son, who is being coroneted Edward VII as this book begins. The new king has appeared in several of these books and has become very aware of Lord Charles and Lady Kathryn Sheridan's sleuthing abilities. On Coronation Day there is an explosion in Hyde Park and shortly thereafter the king asks Charles to determine the depth of the plot and the extent of the danger to the royal family in the future.

This is by no means a traditional murder mystery for there is no real murder. The explosion was caused when a bumbling young anarchist trips and falls on his own bomb, blowing himself up and injuring no one else. This book is really more of a fictional version of a true crime novel with a strong political message. Depending upon one's political leanings, the political message may or may not be welcome but it is a very strong thread that runs from cover to cover. The authors even go so far as to tag an inspector who is willing to break any law and violate any civil liberty with the name of Ashcraft.

Soon after the bombing an anarchist newspaper where the young bomber worked is raided and three men on the premises are arrested. One of the men is not an anarchist at all but is just there to take the paper's lovely editor Charlotte Conway to lunch. This young man is a Labor leader and has worked with Charles before so that his protestations of innocence fall on fertile ground. When bottles containing nitric acid are found in the living quarters of all three men Charles uses his vast knowledge of the new science of fingerprinting to find out just how those bottles got there. All three men of course say that they have never seen those bottles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Anarchists' Tale September 15, 2010
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A new adventure of Charles and Kate Sheridan, reluctant peer/amateur sleuth and his American-born wife, this time focusing more on the age of social upheaval in England that they find themselves involved in, and of the anarchists, Russian and otherwise, who lived in the East End. More courtroom drama that normal in this cozy series, but entertaining if nothing else the quick-witted barrister's work. As the story opens, a young radical is killed by his own bomb; arrested in the subsequent raid on a socialist newspaper is a union organizer who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Charles is asked to help clear the young man. As always, Paige mixes real history in with her story, as a young Jack London, in England to write an expose of the slums, encounters the feisty female editor of the raided newspaper. Along the way you painlessly learn something of the years of British social upheaval.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful series January 10, 2011
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The husband-and-wife team that is Robin Paige has been producing a solid mystery series. They are set in the end of Victoria's reign and the beginning of Edward's, so they are both Victorian and Edwardian. The husband-and-wife detectives face interesting problems and interesting historic personages. While there are a few twists, the mysteries are moderately challenging to the reader - you will get there before the Sheridans, but perhaps not by much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Have bought hard to find books from you before
Really was glad to find what I needed and to get it quickly. I am reading away. Thank you. Diane
Published 7 months ago by Diane Nance
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to the series.
Interesting subject matter in this entry of the enjoyable series. The only wish I would have had is more focus on Kate and Charles.
Published 8 months ago by Andrew A-H
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Paige is a great calaborator
These books written by Robin Paige are actually written by Susan Whitting Albert and her husband. Of course if you have read anything by Robin Paige you probably already know that. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Maryellen Batcho
4.0 out of 5 stars Always enjoyable
You can count on this series to inform and entertain. Well researched, great historic characters worked into each book, well written. A good, quick read.
Published 15 months ago by Lt Governor
5.0 out of 5 stars Death in Hyde Park
When I couln't find this book in our local library, I went to Amazon and found it. The entire series was so good, I wished it had gone on forever!
Published 20 months ago by Judith C.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best in series
I have read about 5 other books in the series and this one is one of my favorites. Good mystery.
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Death in Hyde Park
enjoy the setting of these mysteries - my great grand parents lived in England at this time . also enjoy the develoment & use of characters Have enjoyed the historical qualty of... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Diana Weaver
4.0 out of 5 stars CORONATION DAY WOES...
This is the tenth entry in this series of well-written and carefully researched cozy period mysteries. Read more
Published on July 10, 2011 by Lawyeraau
3.0 out of 5 stars Anarchists and a darker side to Jack London
This is the 10th book in the Victorian-Edwardian mystery series. Kate and Charles are going to attend the coronation of King Edward when an anarchist blows himself up in Hyde Park. Read more
Published on May 29, 2011 by Michelle Boytim
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