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Death at Epsom Downs
Paige, Robin.
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Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2001.
Physical Description:
292 pages ; 22 cm
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Central Library X Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Mystery
Clarence Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Clearfield Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Elma Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Audubon Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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National bestselling author Robin Paige brings Victorian England vividly to life in a brand-new mystery featuring Lord Charles Sheridan and his feisty American wife, Kate.It's Derby day at Epsom Downs, and the Sheridans are on the scene. While Lord Charles sets up his camera to photograph the race for the Prince of Wales, Kate absorbs the atmosphere as fodder for her new novel. Watching the Derby from a box shared with Jennie Jerome Churchill and world-renowned actress/mistress/horse owner Lillie Langtry, Kate senses something strange about the outcome. And that evening's news bears out her suspicions….It seems that while some gamblers lost their shirts on the race, one unfortunate jockey lost his life. Hard on the heels of that shock comes a British bank's request that Charles investigates the theft of Lillie Langtry's jewels from their vault. The case pulls Kate and Charles into Miss Langtry's fast, frantic social circle as they probe into her secret life, getting caught in a dangerous web of intrigue. There are no safe bets as kidnapping, bitter rivalries, and past love affairs cast suspicion in all directions. Now, as the lord and his lady run neck and neck with thieves and murderers, the race for justice stands to be a photo finish…

Author Notes

Robin Paige is the pseudonym of husband-and-wife team Susan Wittig Albert and Bill Albert. Susan Wittig Albert is the author of the China Bayles mysteries Thyme of Death, Witch's Bane, Hangman's Root, Rosemary Remembered, Rueful Death, Love Lies Bleeding, Chile Death, Lavender Lies , Mistletoe Man , and Bloodroot . Bill Albert is the coauthor, with his wife, of more than sixty novels for young adults. They live in the Texas hill country.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In his seventh late-Victorian mystery, Paige (the pseudonymous writing team of William and Susan Wittig Albert) makes his hardcover debut with a neatly plotted tale of mayhem among the racing set. It's time for the Derby at Epsom Downs, and Lord Charles Sheridan and his American-born wife, Kate, are on hand because Lord Charles has been asked to photograph the finish of the race for the Jockey Club with his new automatic camera. Disaster strikes when a jockey is killed on the racecourse, and race officials suspect his horse may have been doped. Though the practice of doping horses is not illegal, officials are nevertheless worried about the death's effects on betting and the presence of an American gambling ring with expertise in doping. While Charles is occupied with these matters and, subsequently, the murder of a bookie, Alfred "Badger" Day, Kate is visiting with the glamorous Lillie Langtry, doing research for a new book and puzzling over the theft of the notorious actress's jewels. Can the theft of the Langtry gems somehow be connected to Day's murder? Kate and Charles delve into the mysteries and, as usual, find the answer in another clever, richly detailed whodunit. Readers who like their historical mysteries on the lighter side will find much to enjoy here. Agent, Deborah Schneider. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

When a drugged horse causes a fatal accident at the Epsom Downs race track in 1899, Jockey Club members hire Lord Charles Sheridan (Death at Devil's Bridge) to investigate. Leery of publicity, they figure that his social status will provide easy access to horse owners. Wife Lady Kate, meanwhile, sleuths in a different direction after overhearing a conversation that implicates actress Lillie Langtry in the alleged murder of her husband. Even-tempered prose, period conversation, historical characters, dialect, and culture make this a solid addition to the series. Devotees of Anne Perry and other Victorian mysteries will enjoy. (Paige also writes as Susan Wittig Albert and Bill Albert.) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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