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Death At Dartmoor Hardcover – Jan 25 2002

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Prime Crime (TRD); 1 edition (Jan. 25 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425183424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425183427
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #717,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 11 2012
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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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Format: Hardcover
The mystery in this book is very easy to figure out, but the storyline is still entertaining. The scene of the novel is also wonderful. Dartmoor is where Conan Doyle situated his famous Hound of the Baskerville story. This almost mythical spot in England is one I would love to visit one day. What I didn't enjoy about this book and why I gave it only 3 stars, is the short shrift the authors gave to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. There are a lot of people, including me, who hold this man's detective fiction in almost mythical esteem. The Alberts seemed to portray him as a blundering buffoon when it came to solving this "real" crime.
This story is set around the Dartmoor Prison that was in this country in the early 1900's. It focuses around a prison escape, and when a local lord is found dead, it is automatically assumed by everyone except Charles that the escaped prisoner murdered the man. Katherine and Charles dig deeper and find a number of skeletons in the family closet, and then, when these are brought to the light of day, the murder is solved.
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Format: Hardcover
Lord Charles Sheridan, his wife Kate, and Arthur Conan Doyle are visiting the Dartmoor moors when and invited to a seance. A mystic foretells that the host's wife will be betrayed. When the host is found dead after leaving a letter claiming that he was leaving with another woman, the mystic's bone fides appear perfect, especially when confirmed by Doyle. A recently escaped prisoner seems the most likely suspect, but Charles and Kate believe that there is more to the case than the obvious.
Author Robin Paige (the pen name for Susan Wittig Albert and Bill Albert) combines an exciting mystery with a possible explanation of Doyle's great Sherlock Holmes mystery THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES. Paige provides a convincing view of turn-of-the century England, a properly Dr. Watson version of Doyle, and expertly weaves the mystery events with hints at the HOUND. I especially enjoyed Paige's female characters. While Charles appeared too good to be true, Kate, Patsy, and Ellie are delightful.
Mystery readers are unlikely to be fooled by the mystery but the combination of historical mystery, historical characters placed in a fictional setting, and Paige's fine style make DEATH AT DARTMOOR a fully enjoyable read.
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