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Death at Dartmoor by Robin Paige
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This was a rather tedious book--the first of a serious. Victorian in scope. I felt as if I trudged thru it. ( )
  lhaines56 | Aug 9, 2017 |
Sir Charles and Lady Kate Sheridan are invited to a seance the home of Sir Edgar and Lady Duncan near Dartmoor prison. Sir Charles has business at the prison anyway to fingerprint the prisoners. He's especially interested in a prisoner there who plead guilty to a charge of which Sir Charles is fairly certain he's innocent and which can be proven with the new fingerprinting method. Also a guest at the seance is Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Three prisoners escape, two are captured; Sir Edgar is murdered. The community immediately assumes the escaped prisoner is guilty. Sir Charles, Doyle, and Lady Kate set out to find the truth of the murder. While I enjoyed the book, I would have preferred that the historical figure of Arthur Conan Doyle have been left out. Paige seems to be somewhat critical of the abilities of Holmes through the voices she gave her characters. The novel seemed a bit longer than it needed to be. ( )
  thornton37814 | Aug 8, 2012 |
Enjoyable little historical fiction mystery series. ( )
  hjjugovic | Feb 26, 2012 |
Book number ? in the series. I have enjoyed following the story of Lord and Lady Sheridan and the life and and times of the Victorian period. Each book has a fanous figure from the era worked into the story. This time Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was working on his story The Hounds of Baskerville. ( )
  punxsygal | May 2, 2007 |
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“A sentence to Dartmoor Prison is a sentence to a living hell…” Lord Charles Sheridan and his American wife, Kate, have heard some truly awful things about Britain’s most notorious prison. But Dartmoor and its mist-shrouded environs hold special appeal for both Sheridans. Kate hopes to find inspiration for her new Gothic novel, while Charles plans to implement a fingerprinting program at the prison—and arrange a meeting with one of its most infamous inmates, Samuel Spencer. He’s convinced that Spencer—a Scotsman who admitted to killing his wife—is, in fact, innocent. What’s more, he believes he has the evidence to prove it. But Spencer continues to maintain his own guilt—and, as if to confirm it, he soon stages a daring prison escape. Lord Charles and his acquaintance Arthur Conan Doyle are most perplexed by this odd turn of events. And when a body turns up on the moor, it’s up to the two men—and the clever Kate—to discover if the missing convict is connected to this murderous new case…

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Lord Charles Sheridan and his American wife, Kate, travel to Britain's notorious Dartmoor Prison in search of literary inspiration and the truth behind the imprisonment of one of Dartmoor's most infamous inmates.

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