A murder mystery featuring Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne.
After six months in New York, Lord Edward returns to London only for his old sparring partner, Verity Browne, to convince him to investigate a murder in Madrid. Her lover, David Griffith-Jones, has been convicted for the murder of a fellow Communist Party member and is set to face a firing squad.
Against all odds, Edward clears David's name and heads back to England. Here, Edward discovers another murder, surprisingly connected to the murder back in Spain. And it isn't too long before a third mysterious murder comes to light...
Edward and Verity join forces once again in search of the truth. But danger is all around them, and there is no guarantee that justice will be served and the murders avenged...
Praise for David Roberts:
'A classic murder mystery [...] and a most engaging pair of amateur sleuths' Charles Osborne, author of The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie
'A gripping, richly satisfying whodunit with finely observed characters, sparkling with insouciance and stinging menace' Peter James
'A really well-crafted and charming mystery story' Daily Mail
'A perfect example of golden-age mystery traditions with the cobwebs swept away' Guardian
It's 1936, Spain is on the verge of civil war, the Nazis are threatening Europe's stability and Lord Edward Corinth is coming to terms with the decline of his own titled class in England made all too clear by the murder of three of his Eton classmates. This intriguing second book in Roberts's series (Sweet Poison) reunites the wealthy, genteel and idle Edward with plucky journalist Verity Browne when she asks for his help in freeing her former lover, the communist ideologue David Griffiths-Jones, from jail in Spain. It appears Griffiths-Jones has been framed for the murder of another Communist Party member working to resist Franco's military rebellion. Although Edward's investigation does eventually lead to Griffith-Jones's release, personal matters call him home before the mystery is fully resolved. Edward almost forgets about Spain. But when a banker friend is murdered in his London home, Edward begins to suspect a link between these two deaths and a third an African safari mishap of another classmate. Edward and Verity, political opposites but alike in many ways, dodge their attraction for one another as they toggle between Spain and London seeking the connection. This complex story of class division and political ideas resists a neat and tidy resolution. Even so, a few logical inconsistencies in motivation and switches in point of view not to mention Edward's own too perfect, treacly family undercut a compelling historical filled with distinctive, gritty characters and literary allusions.