Death in A Scarlet Coat

Death in A Scarlet Coat

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Instead of leading his riders to the hunt, the fifteenth Earl of Candlesby is found dead, his body wrapped in blankets atop his horse, a corner of his scarlet coat visible in the morning mist. Three people see the body. One dies. Another vanishes. Now only one man knows how he was killed. Lord Powerscourt is summoned to investigate the murder. Powerscourt uncovers a tangled web of jealousy, revenge, and hatred on a rundown estate where the father and his sons are equally dangerous. The fifteenth Earl has left a trail of dueling, theft, and adultery across the flatlands of Lincolnshire. It will take another murder and a perilous chase beneath the crumbling estate before Powerscourt unlocks the mystery.
Publisher: New York : Soho Constable, 2011
Edition: 1st US ed
ISBN: 9781569479124
1569479127
Branch Call Number: MF DICKINSON
Characteristics: 342 p. ; 23 cm

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sandfordross
Nov 11, 2015

The infallible detective becomes really annoying very quickly. The ending is so ludicrous as to defy belief, seriously, being buffeted by a windmill blade..........please!

Other much better books to be read.

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patricks
Sep 04, 2011

I really wanted to like this book, since I have run out of new golden age British mysteries to read, but my final impression is that David Dickinson is better at documentary making than mystery writing. I have already forgotten who the culprit was and I am not sure I cared. The little tags that the authors adds repeatedly after the name of the characters (as in "Richard, the second son of the murder victim") makes me think the author tended to forget as well. The detective couple is neither Harriet and Lord Peter nor Nick and Nora, in fact they are hardly a couple. Oh well the search continues...

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