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Death at Rottingdean Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1999
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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.
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.Read more ›
Lady Kathryn and her husband, Charles, now the Baron of Somersworth, are taking a much needed holiday at Rottingdean, a quaint seaside village that used to be known for its smuggling proclivities. Their days of rest and relaxation are numbered, however, when the body of a coast guard is discovered on the beach. They soon suspect that the old smuggling trade may not have gone quite out of fashion and that the townspeople are not so ignorant of what is really going on. With the aid of their friend, an author named Rudyard Kipling, Kathryn and Charles are intent upon setting to right what has gone terribly wrong in Rottingdean.
The main characters are engaging, and with each passing book, the reader becomes more fully engaged with their lives. As with all cozy mysteries, it is not so much the mystery that is of import but the characters that revolve around the mystery. While the mystery is intriguing, it is simply the framework around which the characters evolve. This is definitely a cozy historical mystery series that is a must read for all those who enjoy this genre.
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Another great Robin Paige mystery. The historical research for this Victorian mystery is especially good!Published 1 month ago by Cheryl A. Fulton
Brightwell couldn't write a bad mystery. I am always amazed at her ingenuity and plots with everything fresh and new yet with the same cast of characters.Published 9 months ago by Beverly Naleway
I like the historical references and the way they work in actual peoplePublished 17 months ago by Doug
Terrible proofreading results in the noun 'modem' being used in a Victorian mystery novel in place of the adjective modern. The authors deserve more respect.Published 19 months ago by LiriMcR
The Alberts do a great job of entertaining us with historical review.Published 23 months ago by Homer Thornton
I like Robin Paige historical fiction. This book is very good, characters are interesting and settings and characters have good dimension.Published on April 17, 2014 by sashatiki2
I really enjoyed this period of history with Lady Randolf Churcell and young Winston Churcell. It's an exciting period of history leading up to world war.Published on October 7, 2013 by Betsy