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Bertie & the Crime of Passion [Paperback]

Peter Lovesey


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January 1995
During a visit to Sarah Bernhardt in Paris, Bertie, the redoubtable Prince of Wales, must draw on his sleuthing skills to unmask the killer responsible for a nasty murder. By the author of Bertie and the Seven Bodies.

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Mysterious Pr (January 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892965509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892965502
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.5 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g

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From Publishers Weekly

Lovesey's third spirited mystery to feature Edward VII, Prince of Wales, as a dogged, often fatuous but ever-successful amateur sleuth (Bertie and the Tinman) finds the royal in Paris in 1891. There, Bertie is discreetly enjoying the City of Light's pleasures and his platonic meetings with reigning actress Sarah Bernhard, when Maurice Letissier, prospective son-in-law of Bertie's old friend Jules d'Agincourt, is shot dead at the Moulin Rouge. Present when the unseen gunman fired were Jules, his wife, his newly betrothed daughter and his younger son, all celebrating the engagement while, along with dozens of other patrons, they watched the frenzied dancing of the notorious La Goulue and her partner, Valentin. Bertie's detecting instincts are aroused, especially as he becomes aware of the victim's libertine ways and of his fiancee's involvement with Glyn Morgan, a penniless, 50-year-old painter. When the Surete arrest Morgan for the crime, Bertie, convinced of his innocence, is spurred to bolder explorations of the city's seamier aspects, producing at last a surprising confession. A lively evocation of fin-de-siecle Paris, a lightly ironic tone and some tidy plotting add up to another easy-to-take confection from this reliable British author.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This series title details the third adventure of Bertie (Bertie and the Seven Bodies, Mysterious Pr., 1990), the Prince of Wales in 1891. When a friend's soon-to-be son-in-law is murdered in the Moulin Rouge, Bertie-with the assistance of Sarah Bernhardt and Toulouse-Lautrec-uncovers clues to the murder.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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4.0 out of 5 stars 3rd & best so far in series March 4 2009
By Neal J. Pollock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is the 3rd in Lovesey's Victorian series featuring the Prince of Wales as an amateur sleuth. The first was: Bertie and the Tinman, the 2nd: Bertie and the Seven Bodies. This 3rd effort is by far the best of the three. The mystery is more interesting & more central than the class biases, silliness, & ego-centric nature of the main character--he's even a bit more likable here. In addition, Lovesey adds the remarkable Sarah Bernhardt as a main character--& foil to Bertie--who is still an adolescent (psychologically). The repartee between the two makes the book IMHO. That and the fact that (though all 3 are probably meant in jest--as humorous mysteries) there is much more humor in this book than in the prior 2. The ending is delightful (except for the obvious dark element of the murderer's last activity). However, if you enjoy humorous mysteries, I'd suggest reading Lawrence Block's Bernie the Burglar series (e.g. The Burglar on the Prowl (Block, Lawrence)), his Tanner pseudo-spy series (Tanner's Twelve Swingers (Evan Tanner Mystery Series, 3)) or his somewhat raunchy but hilarious Ronald Rabbit Is a Dirty Old Man. Also try Donald Westlake's Dortmunder series (e.g. Put a Lid on it) & his delightful Trust Me on This & its sequel: Baby, Would I Lie? First Edition Signed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An exciting mystery series. Sept. 14 2009
By Lloyd G. Kay - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I thoroughly enjoyed the books in this series I have read.
I love learning about the times in England when these stories are set, and love the idea of a royal as a detective.

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