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The Bones of the Buried: The Second in the Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne Murder Mystery series Hardcover – October 10, 2001

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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.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

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 Pitt
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Product Details

  • Series: Edward Corinth-Verity Browne Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf (October 10, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786709081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786709083
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,184,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's a tip when reading "Bones of the Buried," have a piece of paper with all the characters names written down so that you don't start confusing one character with the other. This was especially true of the men in this mystery novel -- after a while, they all seem to be variations of a theme/mold. I'm usually rather good at being able to distinguish characters (and love novels that have lots of characters), but even I got confused a few times. Except for this small peeve, "Bones of the Buried" is a rather nifty and engrossing murder mystery, that is highly evocative of the period, and worth touting about as an excellent read.
Lord Edward Corinth has barely unpacked his bags and accustomed himself to being in London again after having spent six months in New York, when a rather hysterical Verity Browne turns up at his doorstep demanding his help. The last time that the pair spoke, Verity was on her way to cover the Spanish Civil War and keeping company with a rather obnoxious fellow communist party member, David Griffiths-Jones. Now, Verity wants Lord Edward to help save Griffiths-Jones from a Spanish firing squad. Apparently, Griffiths-Jones has been found guilty of murdering another communist party member, and a fellow Brit, Godfrey Tilney (an old Etonian whom Lord Edward remembers as being a bit of a bully and fairly unpleasant). Verity is certain that Griffiths-Jones is innocent, in spite of the circumstantial evidence against him, and wants Lord Edward to help her. Lord Edward is not so sure if he can indeed do anything to help save Griffiths-Jones from execution, but he agrees to set off for Madrid with Verity. What he finds is a country in chaos and full opposing little factions.
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By A Customer on October 28, 2002
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The premise of "The Bones of the Buried" is promising: Lord Edward Corinth, a sensitive and earnest British aristocrat investigates three interconnected murders during the 1936 Spanish civil war. He does so with the "help" of Verity Browne, an upper class woman who is passionately commited to communist ideals.
Verity, unfortunately, dismembers what could and should be a satisfying read. There is no opposites-attract chemisty. In fact, this woman is so annoyingly selfish and shallow that Edward's love for her undermines his own credibility.
In his attempt to create a sparky but adorably vulnerable pro/antogonist, author David Roberts instead presents us with a one dimensional harridan who's too obnoxious to lend this book the richness of its premise.
For example, Verity has two lovers, one a smarmy writer and the other a ruthless terrorist, both of whom she adores - and she continually makes darn sure Edward knows it. She actually seems to enjoy degrading and abusing Edward, while he reacts meekly or with amusement. Yes, he's developing into quite a credibility problem for this reader.
I beg Mr. Roberts to do something about Verity before he loses his own believability. If this character can't evolve, then write her out and introduce Edward to someone who's his match for integrity and depth. Alternatively, give Edward a good thump on the head to wake him up. This man needs some romantic backbone!
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It may be true that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but if this is so, then David Roberts attempts to flatter Dorothy L. Sayers in much too obvious a way. Roberts' character Lord Edward Corinth is a pale (no pun intended) imitation of Sayers' wonderful Lord Peter Wimsey, right down to the aquiline nose and the habit of getting information by acting like a befuddled upper class twit. Verity Browne is a sort of Harriet Wimsey taken to the nth degree -- grating and unsympathetic, without any of Harriet's softer side. This novel has lots of fun 1930s detail and some decent plot twists, but for anyone who loves the Lord Peter books, it's painful to read.
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Just as readable as the first in the series, Sweet Poison, and the latest (my first read), Sweet Sorrow. They are being enjoyed by a group of friends, older women, who enjoy the era in which they are set. Just wish I could get hold of No. 5 in the series, in either download or print.
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Sorry, but I did not like this story and did not finish it. I was in part attracted by a blurb for "a new British writer with much of the atmosphere of favorites...Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie." NOT. Roberts does feature an amateur from the era of Lord Peter Wimsey, a noble gadding about with little interest in amateur sleuthing. But Roberts has neither the style of Sayers nor the close argumentation of Chrisitie.

Edward Corinth is referred to as a Lord but is hardly suave, colorful, and dryly amusing like Wimsey. For someone who thinks other Englishmen are 'second rate,' Edward has no visible means of support or productive bone in his body, yet he is held in high regard by his acquaintances--the author says so. Edward seems quite wispy and aimless, easily bent to other's will, like that of his occasional love, Verity Browne--Edward cannot make up his mind and dates around (or sleeps around, it's hard to tell). She is an outrageous contrast, a half-closeted Communist whom the author says hates and subverts the upper classes represented by tolerant Edward. Here she has dragged Edward off to a Spain entering its Civil War of the 1930s, to rescue her imprisoned lover. Who is obviously not, at the moment, Edward! Edward is not a lawyer, either. I cannot fathom their attraction. Egad.

As far as I got were no bones or burials, nor promise of early forensics. Maybe it's just a terrible title. Maybe a mystery would emerge if I had held out against what I found to be poor writing and lack of suspense, or caring. Like the cover painting, Roberts is always solid colors, without shadings and nuance. I never felt "in the scene," which was instead the generic bar, the generic mountain valley, the generic revolt.
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