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Lord Darcy Mass Market Paperback – January 27, 2004
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"Garrett's writing style is as elegant and charming as his setting and his mastery of atmosphere is admirable ... [Darcy's adventures] deftly combine elements of mystery, espionage, suspense, Tolkienesque fantasy, science fiction, the techno-thriller, CSI-style forensic mystery, and swashbuckling historical romance."
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These are the collected investigations of Lord Darcy, investigator and general trouble-shooter for the Angevin Monarchy in the latter half of the 20th Century. It's not quite OUR 20th Century, you see. Richard the Lionheart recovered from that near-fatal crossbow bolt, and went on to shore up an Anglo-French Empire which is still a or perhaps the world power. So an alternate worlds, story, and a good one. And one of the features of this alternate world is that the effort which in our world went into physical sciences and medicine went into codifying the rules of magic--which read a lot like THE GOLDEN BOUGH. Darcy's "Watson" is thus a forensic sorcerer.
But within those rules, it's a set of fair play mysteries. You are given sufficient clues to solve every mystery--if you're clever enough. And if your memory for classic mystery stories is good enough, you're in for another treat, because a number of these settings and supporting characters will be familiar to you. Murder on an eastward-bound luxury train perhaps? A fat investigator who hates to leave his red leather chair and do his own investigating? These and many others await you. Enjoy!
If you like Randall Garrett's other works, you'll probably like this -- although you can't read it at one sitting because there's just too much to take all in one dose.
Delightful world building and fun clever mysteries too. Look for the little in-jokes of other famous mysteries here and there in the stories
I finally purchased this omnibus of Lord Darcy tales and was not disappointed.
So sad Randall Garrett never got to write more, with his untimely illness and death, but what we have, I treasure. Thanks Randall.
Anyone who enjoys mysteries, magic, and humour will love these tales written by a master author.