Death and the Jubilee

Death and the Jubilee The second Lord Francis Powerscourt murder mystery opens in the England of The immensely important Diamond Jubilee the celebration to mark Victoria s sixtieth year as Queen and Empress has attr

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  • Title: Death and the Jubilee
  • Author: David Dickinson
  • ISBN: 9781841197968
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • The second Lord Francis Powerscourt murder mystery opens in the England of 1897 The immensely important Diamond Jubilee, the celebration to mark Victoria s sixtieth year as Queen and Empress, has attracted 50,000 of her troops from across her dominions and a million Britons to watch her ride in state from Buckingham Palace to St Paul s Cathedral Then a body arrives floatThe second Lord Francis Powerscourt murder mystery opens in the England of 1897 The immensely important Diamond Jubilee, the celebration to mark Victoria s sixtieth year as Queen and Empress, has attracted 50,000 of her troops from across her dominions and a million Britons to watch her ride in state from Buckingham Palace to St Paul s Cathedral Then a body arrives floating in the Thames by London Bridge Having assisted the crown before in Goodnight Sweet Prince, Lord Francis Powerscourt, a private investigator trusted by the court, is called in His researches lead him to a mysterious mansion in Oxfordshire, where a second corpse is found, burnt to death As his investigation into these deaths by water and fire takes him from the trading houses of the City of London to the gloomy Wicklow Mountains of his native Ireland, Powerscourt realizes that is at stake than solving two murders upon his success or failure lies the success of the Imperial Jubilee.
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    • ᴥ Irena ᴥ says:

      4.5Goodnight Sweet Prince was very good, but Death and the Jubilee is even better. With that title you just know up front you are in for a treat. And you won't be surprised to find secrets upon secrets and, of course, a conspiracy. None of this is a spoiler really since the title, the blurb and the prologue pretty much tell you as much.The first thing one should be prepared for is the fact that Lord Francis Powerscourt might not be your usual investigator and not because he is a lord. It has mor [...]

    • LJ says:

      DEATH & THE JUBILEE (Hist. Mys-Lord Francis Powerscourt-England-1897) - VGDickinson, David – 2nd in seriesConstable, 2003, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 1841195847First Sentence: One nondescript room at the top of the War Office in London had become the nerve center of the British Empire.London is excited about the upcoming Diamond celebrating the 60th year of Queen Victoria’s reign, but there are also great concerns about security. A corpse, without head or hands, is found floating in the Tham [...]

    • Susan in NC says:

      I really enjoyed this book, the second in Dickinson's Lord Powerscourt mysteries, although it was slow going in some parts (hence 4 stars instead of 5). This may have been the author's way of bringing to life the Victorian setting of 1897 England, where despite the hustle and bustle of London life at the center of the vast British Empire, life moved at a much slower pace than we can even imagine in our digital, wired age (including the pace of murder/conspiracy investigations!) It felt as if the [...]

    • Barbara says:

      Intrigue concerning deaths of bankers, Irish revolutionary stirrings, and Queen Victoria's 60thjubilee and the securiety issues that surrounded it are all part of this rather interesting murder mystery. It is the second in a mystery series of late 19th century England. Lord Powerscourt leads his group of relatives and friends in "cracking the case"! It made for a good story and now I must go see if I can find some old British Pathe films of the procession and coronation of the Queen!

    • William says:

      This book started very slowly and I was prepared to give it a lower rating than the previous book in the series, but the plot picked up and I thoroughly enjoyed the second half and the ending.

    • Christopher Taylor says:

      While the concept behind these books is interesting, the execution is slow and dull. I have read two of the series now and am underwhelmed.

    • Pedro Trujillo says:

      Thilling and historic

    • Sheila says:

      Not as good as the first one, but still a very enjoyable historical crime story.

    • Abbey says:

      A once very reputable London banking house’s reputation is skidding downward, as its family members start dropping like flies. And preparations for Queen Victoria’s Jubilee are not going at all well, with multiple nefarious plots going on and all sorts of dastardly doings being attempted. Somehow the bank itself seems to be involved, and Powerscourt is asked to look into the deaths very discretely, so as to not cause a run on the bank. #2 Lord Francis Powerscourt, London, Brighton, Ireland, [...]

    • Apollonia says:

      In this second instalment of the series, Lord Francis Powerscourt is called in to solve the murder of a headless and handless corpse found floating in the Thames. Of course he does it. The reader learns a lot about politics and the world of finance of the late 1800's. This is interesting, indeed. We learn that nothing much has changed in the time between then and now. Greed and avarice are deeply human attributes.Dickinson takes his time telling the story. There are lots of likeable characters w [...]

    • Jan says:

      Second book I have read in this series, a gift from a friend.Lord Francis Powerscourt, born in Ireland gets to do a trip down memory lane, when he returns to the Island of his birth. However, it is not a holiday he is on! Time Period: It is Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee coming up and an attempt may be made on her life. Powerscourt is in Ireland on a hunch. Will the plot start from here with the help of the Germans? Who are these people in a secret society, and why are they killing bankers? In [...]

    • Susan says:

      As England gets ready for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, authorities are concerned with possible Irish terrorism. Private investigator Lord Francis Powerscourt is hired to look into the mysterious death of a banker, whose family connections link him to German secret societies. What Lord Francis discovers will put him, his friends and even his amily in danger. I find these a little slow-moving up until near the end; this one is also disquieting in that Lord Francis, who grew up in Ireland, kno [...]

    • Sharon says:

      The time is 1897 and England is preparing for Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee. There are foreign influences plotting to undermine, not only the Jubilee but the stability of the entire government. Initially Lord Francis Powerscourt is called upon to solve a murder but when a second corpse appears it becomes clear to him that more is involved and the future of his country and ultimately his family are at sake. The complex plot takes a lot of unraveling and makes for an enjoyable read for mystery [...]

    • Jocelyn Harvey says:

      The second in this Victorian mystery series featuring Lord Francis Powerscourt. I am thoroughly liking these books - the history is fascinating and intimate; the characters are lovingly drawn; the tone is gently ironic; and the plotting is very interesting. One bit of authorial self-indulgence I could have done without was some 5-6 pages explaining a cricket game in excruciating detail, but otherwise a really loveable book.

    • Nancy says:

      I will be looking for more in this series. It drug at first until I got into the rhythm of the writing; and I now know more than I expected about banking in the late 19th century. But the characters are interesting and the plot was good.

    • Mary says:

      It was a little slow getting started but picked up speed. Takes place in 1897 during the Dimond Jubilee of Queen Victoria since the title. Private Investigator Lord Francis Powerscourt must investigate the murder of a bank manager. Good read.

    • S Dizzy says:

      "I'm almost done with this chapter and then I'll go to bed." Eight chapters laterill reading. This is how riveting this story is.pulls you right in! Can't wait to read the next one.

    • Angie says:

      Love Lord Francis. Can't wait for more.

    • Elizabeth says:

      Story was okay. I just wasn't that interested though I did finish the book.

    • Jill says:

      A good read. Lots of intrigue

    • K L Kettle says:

      Pretty interesting read, slightly disappointed the author *isn't* the side from Bargain Hunt

    • Shirley Evans says:

      A bit too long at times - the detail got a bi dull. However, on the whole enjoyable

    • Mark Macatee says:

      I would have given it four stars because I enjoy the characters so much. But it was so bloody long and just went on and on and on.

    • Bettie☯ says:

      London 1896One nondescript room at the top of the War Office in London had become the nerve centre of the British Empire

    • Charlene says:

      A great series

    • Karen says:

      these are a bit tedious

    • Petra says:

      Skimmed through much of this book. Characterisation thin and overall a bit of a boring read.

    • Dawn says:

      mystery novel set in the Victorian era - his books have good plots if you like historical fiction.

    • Mary G. says:

      Excellent. I was hooked on Dickinson's series right from the beginning.

    • John William Boundy says:

      Highly enjoyable, highly recommended.

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