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Saturday, January 14, 2012

REVIEW - DEATH IN HYDE PARK BY ROBIN PAIGE













The Victorian era is ended and Edward has ascended the throne. Not a very popular choice and we open the book at his coronation (which had to be put off once due to an onset of appendicitis). A bomb goes off in Hyde Park killing the person who was supposed to plant it and anarchy is rife. Charles and Kate Sheridan are in charge of finding out the whys and wherefores and report to the King directly as to what exactly is happening. Apparently the King is surrounded by sycophants who are only giving him reports of what he actually wants to hear.  That this King is not really interested in what is happening to the common man, the suffering undergone by his people is by the way.

My first read of Robin Paige and for this era as well. It was an interesting read which apart from unravelling the mystery of the anarchists also was very descriptive of the time. The upheaval in the working class with many people returning from war and unemployment rife, the beginning of a rift between the haves and the have nots, lots of historical features in this book discussed at length with the addition of mystery, murder and a bit of romance.

Also good to know that terrorism is not a modern invention - homicidal bombers existed during this period too.

An interesting read of an interesting era.

1 comment:

Aarti said...

Oh, I just saw this book in a used bookstore and almost picked it up, but went with another one instead. I love period mysteries, though :-)