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Beschreibung des Verlags
1904: Powerscourt comes out of retirement for one last time, heading for Russia in one of the strangest cases of his career.
A British diplomat has been discovered, his throat cut, on one of the bridges spanning the Nevskii Prospekt in St Petersburg. It transpires the diplomat knew a secret - and that secret killed him. As Powerscourt strides through the halls of the Winter Palace and falls foul of the Okhrana - the Russian secret police - he has to attend other matters. Russia is on the verge of revolution and he must escape - before time runs out on him.
Dickinson's solid sixth Lord Francis Powerscourt turn-of-the-20th-century mystery doesn't quite rise to the level of some of the better earlier entries in the series. In the wake of the upper-class investigator's brush with death in Death Called to the Bar (2006), his wife, Lucy, has prevailed on him to seek less dangerous pursuits like researching cathedrals rather than "detections, investigations, murders, mysteries." Predictably, Powerscourt emerges from his short-lived retirement after members of the political elite exhort Lucy to release him from his vow so he can travel to Russia, where a British diplomat who met secretly with the czar has been reported murdered. Powerscourt's probe, coming during growing Russian unrest that presages the revolution to come, brings him into conflict both with his own foreign ministry and the sinister Russian secret police, the Okhrana. Relying more on action than on deduction, the plot also suffers from the diminished role of Lucy, who's usually more involved as a sleuthing partner.