From Publishers Weekly
It's 1936, Spain is on the verge of civil war, the Nazis are threatening Europe's stability and Lord Edward Corinth is coming to terms with the decline of his own titled class in England made all too clear by the murder of three of his Eton classmates. This intriguing second book in Roberts's series (Sweet Poison) reunites the wealthy, genteel and idle Edward with plucky journalist Verity Browne when she asks for his help in freeing her former lover, the communist ideologue David Griffiths-Jones, from jail in Spain. It appears Griffiths-Jones has been framed for the murder of another Communist Party member working to resist Franco's military rebellion. Although Edward's investigation does eventually lead to Griffith-Jones's release, personal matters call him home before the mystery is fully resolved. Edward almost forgets about Spain. But when a banker friend is murdered in his London home, Edward begins to suspect a link between these two deaths and a third an African safari mishap of another classmate. Edward and Verity, political opposites but alike in many ways, dodge their attraction for one another as they toggle between Spain and London seeking the connection. This complex story of class division and political ideas resists a neat and tidy resolution. Even so, a few logical inconsistencies in motivation and switches in point of view not to mention Edward's own too perfect, treacly family undercut a compelling historical filled with distinctive, gritty characters and literary allusions.
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It's 1936, and Lord Edward Corinth, a British nobleman who would much prefer to be relaxing on a beach somewhere, is in Spain, hot on the trail of a murderer. The victim: a member of the Communist Party. The suspect: a senior executive in the party. The suspect's lover: Verity Brown, newspaper reporter, who thinks the only man who can free her lover is Lord Edward, who would just as soon not come to the aid of a rival for Verity's affections. This second Corinth-Brown mystery (it follows Sweet Poison
[BKL N 15 00]) is ideal for fans of politically charged period yarns. The plot is familiar--man is accused of a crime he probably didn't commit; various supporting characters are presented for our consideration; the killer is unmasked--but Roberts' use of period detail, first in Spain, later in London, where another murder occurs, gives the tale terrific texture. Recommend this one heartily to history-mystery devotees. David PittCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved