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Death at Rottingdean Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425167828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425167823
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,881 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Dualities abound in Paige's (aka Bill and Susan Alberts) mix of real and fictional characters in this mystery set in the former smugglers' haven of Rottingdean, England, during the 1890s. The coastal village, with its picturesque clay caves, seems the perfect place for a relaxing holiday, or so the Sheridans, Lord Charles and Lady Katherine (herself a mystery writer under the pseudonym Beryl Bardwell), think as they motor toward it for a respite from hectic London. But when a coast guard's body washes up on the beach, the couple begins digging for the truth with their neighbors: the Rudyard Kiplings, Mrs. Edward Burne-Jones and Patrick, a redheaded, freckle-faced village boy who seems to know much more than he's telling. Their sleuthing picks up when the Prince of Wales asks Charles to investigate the death for the Crown. The authors (Death at Gallows Green; Death at Devil's Bridge) set the tone in each chapter of this fifth entry in the series with a quotation from Kipling or another Victorian. This adventure is just as much fun as the other four have been.

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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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Fun characters and very interesting story line.
Sharon A. Atkins
This is just a marvelously fun and suspenseful book that will keep you glued to it's pages from beginning to end.
Dennis Phillips
Good book series and look forward to each story after story.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 1999
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When the fourth Baron of Somersworth dies, his brother Charles Sheridan must hastily return home to assume the title's responsibilities. Charles' Irish-American spouse Kate accompanies her beloved mate. However, her efforts to become a successful Baroness lead to her miscarriage and inability to have children any longer. Concerned about Kate's mental state, Charles takes her on a vacation in the coastal town of Rottingdean, just outside Brighten.
When the distraught couple arrives at the vacation hot spot, a coast guard is killed and a second death shortly follows. The Prince Regent orders Charles to investigate the two killings. Very quickly, the married couple concludes that most of the townsfolk are engaged in illicit smuggling with the contraband stored beneath the city. However, the activities go way beyond the local level as they threaten the health of the entire empire.
DEATH AT ROTTINGDEAN is a mesmerizing story line that has seemingly endless excitement. Set in late Victorian England, readers glimpse a country still struggling with the impact of the industrial revolution. Science and technology seems to advance at a rate similar to today's information technology revolution. Still, the old class system remains viable and alive. Robin Paige provides fans with an excellent historical mystery that will have genre fans searching for the previous four fabulous novels in this special, one-of-a-kind series.

Harriet Klausner
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2004
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Loved the story , maybe I am being biased for I am lucky enough to live in Rottingdean. I was able to read the story while sitting by the village pond & on the beach.The historical research into the area is first class. Great read for the Summer or a seaside holiday.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Austen on June 6, 2007
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I love this series. Not only are the stories well told but I love how the books include real authors from the period in the story lines. This is usually done with fairly minor characters but Rudyard Kipling plays a major role in this book. The books are also very well researched and in this particular book I learned a great deal I had never known before about the smuggling that went on in England. These mysteries are also very family friendly. I would recommend them to anyone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 23, 2011
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I can be a binge reader. I discover a new author I like, and go on a tear to read every book in a series, perhaps every book the author wrote. I'm currently lost in the historical mysteries of Robin Paige (which is a husband-and-wife team... if they're going to be open about that, why have a nom de plume?), set in 1890s England, most of which have a few "real" people in at least walk-on parts. What's not to like?

The first book in the series, Death at Bishop's Keep, set up our characters: American Kate, who writes mysteries under the pseudonym Beryl Bardwell, and Lord Charles Sheridan, who is fascinated by newfangled forensic science (wow, fingerprints!) and a rather serious photographer. It's obvious from the first that they're meant to be together. By this point, in book 5, Charles has inherited the family estate and responsibilities, and the couple is exhausted by London. So they take a holiday in the seaside town of Rottingdean... where NATURALLY there is a dead body, and NATURALLY (with an entirely plausible reason) Charles and Kate must discover whodunnit. Our real-life characters are Rudyard Kipling and his family, including Aunt Georgina Burne-Jones (an independently-minded woman and active socialist, tied to the William Morris school).

I liked Death at Rottingdean. I like all these characters. I didn't make the right guesses in regard to the mystery, which is always a good sign, too. Especially, I appreciate the historical detail -- even when it isn't pretty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on July 1, 2002
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This is an excellent addition to the Kathryn and Charles series. In this book we find out about another aspect of Victorian England - smuggling and other nefarious schemes. There are actually two storylines in this book, and the authors deal with both of them very well. They certainly keep their readers interested. I like the obvious research that goes into each one of these books, and the totally different view that we are given about life in England just before the turn of the last century. The books are always enteratining and we get a history lesson too.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ellen Mynning on February 29, 2000
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I won't bore you with a recap of what was already stated so well by the reviewer Harriet Klausner. I do want to take the time to assure readers that in this delightful late Victorian era series attention to period detail is rivaled only by attention to excellent characterization, believable dialogue, honest settings, and strong plot. Buy the book, you won't regret the money spent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Atheen on June 10, 2008
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I enjoy this series because so much research is invested in them, and it shows. The authors manage to bring a great deal of historic detail to their work, bringing actual events into the story to make it more plausible. Here the author Rudyard Kipling and his family, including his aunt, the social activist wife of a famous painter, are introduced to the reader in the small town of Rottingdam. The actual town's history of smuggling activity is woven into a very plausible plot of murder and intrigue which is resolved by the sleuthing duo Lord and Lady Sheridan with the help of a small boy and the famous author.

Although I usually have some difficulty divining the culprit because of the abundance of red herrings that twist through the plots of these works, I was already well on the culprit's trail this time. Knowing--or at least suspecting--the guilty party in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the work, however. As with any well crafted panopoly of characters and colorful settings, the "visit" is what makes the whole work worth while.
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