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Death at Rottingdean Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1999

4.8 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
Book 5 of 12 in the Kathryn Ardleigh Series

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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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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425167828
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425167823
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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After assuming the title and a trip to London, our couple has earned a holiday by the sea to recover. Charles runs into old friend Rudyard Kipling and his aunt a famous social advocate. The Prince of Wales also invites him by making the vacation a little less than private. But in the famous smuggling town more is afoot as two coast guards end up murdered. The Prince knows about it and commissions Sheridan into investigating. I enjoyed the setting and the mystery. Interesting idea to combine world politics and historical smuggling. I had clues pegged, but the whole picture was still a little vague until nearly the end
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Another Robin Paige story which takes place in the 1890's, and manages to hold the readers interest through the investigational plot. I am always caught up in the local color and daily life of the times. If you enjoy reading mysteries which transport you to a different time period then I think you will enjoy reading Robin Paige books. Happy traveling! Mary-Ellen Batcho
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This is the sixth in a series of cozy mysteries written by a husband and wife team under a pseudonym. Set in Victorian England, they are well-written and well-researched. Each book has historical person or event that is intertwined in the storyline, making it of particular interest to those who enjoy their history. The historical notes found at the end of the book delineate the author's reasons for the inclusion of that person or event. Replete with period detail and the social mores evocative of a bygone era, this is a series of historical mysteries that is well worth reading.

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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