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Death at Daisy's Folly (Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries, No. 3) (edition 1997)

by Robin Paige

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Title:Death at Daisy's Folly (Robin Paige Victorian Mysteries, No. 3)
Authors:Robin Paige
Info:Berkley (1997), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
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I didn't expect much from this diminutive book so I was pleasantly surprised that this Victorian murder mystery was able to develop the main characters and was historically correct. I will read another Robin Paige book. ( )
  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
Synopsis: Kate and Charles find themselves invited to a weekend party that includes the heir to the throne, the Prince of Wales, and Daisy Brooke, the Countess of Warwick. The Prince is not at all pleased when one of his groomsmen is murdered and asks Charles to look into the matter. Another murder follows, shortly, and it appears that Daisy is being framed. Fearing an implication of the Prince, Charles and Kate begin interviewing servants and wealthy, alike, discovering a tangle of misrepresentations, half-truths, and lies that characterized the society of the Marlboro set.
Review: This is a nice look at a piece of Elizabethan England history, particularly since it is a plausible explanation of the actions of the Prince of Wales and the Countess of Warwick. This time period is a bit irritating since women were expected to swan around, never openly presenting themselves as intelligent people. I get weary of both males and females dancing around what they want to say. ( )
  DrLed | Mar 15, 2015 |
Sir Charles Sheridan finally decides to ask Kate to marry him. Readers of this series have surely been waiting for this moment. But the proposal is overshadowed by a mystery. Charles and Kate are guests at a weekend house party, thrown by the Prince of Wales's long-time mistress. A servant and a party guest die, and Charles is charged with investigating.

This books paints a colorful picture of the dynamics of the country house party. The series does an excellent job of showing the elaborate codes of behavior that governed the Victorian upper classes. The mystery itself was fairly unremarkable- actually fairly forgettable. Still, a decent, atmospheric book for those who like historical mysteries. ( )
  lahochstetler | Nov 12, 2012 |
Enjoyable little historical fiction mystery series. ( )
  hjjugovic | Feb 26, 2012 |
Kate and Sir Charles gather with a host of memorable guests at the Warwicks' Eaton Lodge for an English country-house weekend. Meet Albert Edward, Prince of Wales; his "darling Daisy," the Countess of Warwick; their friends -- and their enemies. Someone has murdered a stableboy and the Prince, smarting over a recent gambling exposé and seeking to avoid scandal, directs Sir Charles to find the killer. But the stakes go up when a guest is shot with the Countess's gun.

Another great installment in the Robin Paige Victorian-Edwardian Mysteries. This one not only is a great mystery, it also is an excellent showcase of the different layers in British society at the time. Not only between the upper layers and the servants, but also all of the subtle layers in those groups. From royals to Kate, who’s not a peer, to the Uppers of the servants all the way down to the scullery maids.

But what I love most about this series is the excellent way the historical setting is used. From showing the reactions to the new phenomenon motorcars, which was not favorable at all, to more political issues of the time like Anarchists. It’s both a rich picture to serve as a backdrop for a truly excellent mystery, as well as an excellent reason in and of itself to read this book.

The only thing I didn’t like as much was the fact that for half the book Kate and Charles are making assumptions about what the other thinks instead of actually talking. But, they finally did talk, so I’m happy over-all with the progress in their personal relationship.

All in all, I was very charmed by this book and I heartily recommend it to mystery lovers and historical fiction fans alike. ( )
2 vote Samantha_kathy | Sep 11, 2011 |
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A cock was crowing in the coop at the foot of the dark orchard when Harry Gordon, groom to His Highness the Prince of Wales, entered the stable.
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When two murders occur during the weekend party of the unladylike Countess of Warwick, the Prince of Wales, hoping to avoid a scandal, orders Sir Charles and Miss Ardleigh to solve the case. Original
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Sir Charles Sheridan, the amateur scientist and photographer, meets American writer Kate Ardleigh, now residing in England, yet again at the scene of murder. Daisy, Countess of Warwick, invites them both to a weekend party, which also includes the Prince of Wales (Daisy's latest lover). But disaster awaits, as first a stable boy and then a nobleman are found dead on the grounds...This is the third Victorian mystery, following Death at Bishops Keep and Death at Gallows Green.… (more)

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