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Death At Dartmoor [Hardcover]

Robin Paige
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Jan. 25 2002
"Robin Paige's detectives do for turn-of-the-century technology and detection what Elizabeth Peters' Peabody and Emerson have done for Victorian Egyptology." (Gothic Journal)

Lord Charles Sheridan and his American wife, Kate, have come to Britain's most notorious prison so that Kate can research her new Gothic novel-and Charles can meet with one of the inmates. But when the inmate escapes-and a body turns up on the moor-the Sheridans join forces with Arthur Conan Doyle to determine if the missing convict is connected to this murderous new case.

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“A fantasia on themes from The Hound of the Baskervilles whose focus on the Sheridans shows an altogether more lighthearted side of the moors than Doyle ever revealed.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Robin Paige’s detectives do for turn-of-the-century technology and detection what Elizabeth Peters’ Peabody and Emerson have done for Victorian Egyptology.”—Gothic Journal

“Paige has crafted another convincingly detailed Victorian mystery, sure to please fans and new readers alike.”—Publishers Weekly
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars MURDER ON THE MOORS... March 11 2012
By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the eighth in a series of historical cozy mysteries that feature the husband and wife team of Lord Charles Sheridan and his wife, Kathryn. They are the Nick and Nora Charles of the turn of the twentieth century. They are also progressive in their ideas and liberal in their thinking, embracing with enthusiasm all the technological advances that the new century has to offer.

Charles, who has been an advocate of fingerprinting, has been requested to go to Dartmoor Prison to begin the implementation of a fingerprinting system at the prison. While at the prison, Charles arranges for a meeting with one of the most notorious prisoners there, a man whom Charles believes to be innocent of the crime to which he confessed. Meanwhile, Kathryn, who is an established author and has accompanied Charles, is looking to soak up atmosphere on the moors for her new novel.

Shortly after, a prison break takes pace and three convicts escape, including the prisoner whom Charles believes to be innocent. Soon, a dead body is discovered on the moor, and Charles and Kathryn are one more immersed in another mystery to solve. This time they are joined in their quest for truth and justice by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Well written and well-researched, the book is replete with detail evocative of a bygone era. The main characters are engaging and with each passing book, the reader becomes more interested in the details of 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure for Arthur Conan Doyle Fans Jan. 12 2004
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Having presented a review of the book, "The Hound of the Baskervilles," I was totally fasinated by the way the Alberts wove his life and beliefs into the Dartmoor mystery. A lot of fun to read and an entertaining way to learn more about the history and mores of the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Nov. 12 2003
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I really enjoy this series because I like the two main characters. I find the characters to be intelligent but fun at the same time. I also like the way that Bill & Susan Albert (Robin Paige) weave real-life people into the plots. I realize that the people may not have acted the way that they are written, but it is fun to imagine that they would.
I did find this mystery a little too easy to solve and that usually makes me rate a book only 3 stars rather than 4, but I found the locale descriptions and the mystery itself to be well-written enough to deserve the 4th star.
In this episode, Charles & Kate are in Dartmoor - Charles to begin the process of fingerprinting prisoners at the local prison, Kate to get background information for a new book. While there, the local lord is killed and an escaped prisoner is initially blamed. Charles & Kate think that that is not the case and set out to find the real murderer(s). Their main help comes from another fictional character from a previous entry in this series, Patsy Marsden, and from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
An interesting read and I look forward to the next book in the series.
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