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In a remote English manor house, modern admirersof the much-maligned King Richard III—one of Shakespeare's most extraordinary villains—are gathered for a grand weekend of dress-up and make-believe murder. But the fun ends when the masquerade turns more sinister . . . and deadly. Jacqueline Kirby, an American librarian on hand for the festivities, suddenly finds herself in the center of strange, dark doings . . . and racing to untangle a murderous puzzle before history repeats itself in exceptionally macabre ways.

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 13, 2009
ISBN: 9780061807084
List price: $7.99
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Thomas Carter is a member of a group dedicated to Richard III, and he invites Jacqueline Kirby to accompany him on a weekend expedition to a friend's country home for their meeting, which will include the unveiling of a recently found letter that proves Richard innocent of the murders of his nephews in the Tower. Everyone has a part to play, from Richard himself down to the princes. Suddenly, the characters begin getting attacked, one at a time, in the order that they were ostensibly killed by Richard or his minions. Jacqueline takes it upon herself, as the outsider, to track down the culprit before it goes too far.A good mystery story with a fair dose of history. Thoroughly enjoyed.read more
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Elizabeth Peters brings back librarian Jacqueline Kirby for an English manor mystery in this 1974 novel. Invited to a house party where all the participants are fanatic devotees of Richard III, Jacqueline finds herself in the midst of a bunch of eccentrics. However, someone is playing some nasty jokes and everyone is suspect. This is a fun read and full of Richard III trivia. The consensus of the devotees is that Richard did not kill the little princes and that he was not in fact hunch backed and that Thomas More wrote a very suspect biography of the king.read more
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The English country house murder mystery with a Richard III twist. The potential victims are all members of a society dedicated to clearing Richard of the murders of the Princes in the Tower. If you liked Josephine Tey's Daughter of Time you'll like this one.read more
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Thomas Carter is a member of a group dedicated to Richard III, and he invites Jacqueline Kirby to accompany him on a weekend expedition to a friend's country home for their meeting, which will include the unveiling of a recently found letter that proves Richard innocent of the murders of his nephews in the Tower. Everyone has a part to play, from Richard himself down to the princes. Suddenly, the characters begin getting attacked, one at a time, in the order that they were ostensibly killed by Richard or his minions. Jacqueline takes it upon herself, as the outsider, to track down the culprit before it goes too far.A good mystery story with a fair dose of history. Thoroughly enjoyed.
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Elizabeth Peters brings back librarian Jacqueline Kirby for an English manor mystery in this 1974 novel. Invited to a house party where all the participants are fanatic devotees of Richard III, Jacqueline finds herself in the midst of a bunch of eccentrics. However, someone is playing some nasty jokes and everyone is suspect. This is a fun read and full of Richard III trivia. The consensus of the devotees is that Richard did not kill the little princes and that he was not in fact hunch backed and that Thomas More wrote a very suspect biography of the king.
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The English country house murder mystery with a Richard III twist. The potential victims are all members of a society dedicated to clearing Richard of the murders of the Princes in the Tower. If you liked Josephine Tey's Daughter of Time you'll like this one.
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an amusing delving into the history of Richard III, with some thought provoking commentary
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While visiting England, American Jacqueline Kirby is invited by would-be suitor, Thomas, to a country weekend gathering of the Richard III society of which he is a member. The guests will take on the roles of various historical people from Richard III's era, and will wear period costumes for the weekend events. The highlight of the weekend will be the revelation of a recently discovered document purportedly proving Richard's innocence of the murders of his nephews, the princes in the Tower of London. When the guests begin to suffer accidents illustrative of the fates of their historical counterparts, the atmosphere becomes tense. Who among them is behind the attacks, and are the attacks building up to something more sinister?After meeting her fellow guests, Jacqueline remarks to Thomas that "It's an English house party, darling, straight out of all those British detective stories I revel in." The book does, indeed, seem to be a parody of the genre. It would be a perfect read for those times you want something light, were it not for having to keep track of the historical counterparts to the modern characters. A chart would have come in handy. Readers would enjoy the book more with some prior awareness of the Richard III controversy -- was he a villain or a saint? Be sure to read Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time before you read this one.
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It's not The Daughter of Time, but what is. The murders of Richard III mixed up in an English Country house party and with an American heroine. Pleasant read.
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