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Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The Powerscourt series is an entertaining good read but I am beginning to find the formula a little too predictable. In this one the murderer was obvious from early on, but I did not object to that so much as the way the 'slam bang' endings of the books are always contrived by putting somebody - usually Powerscourt or his wife - in deadly danger from which they escape by the skin of their teeth.
Dickinson should mull over the possibility that there really are other ways of contriving a dramatic ending, a chase for example. That said, the books are well written, the plots hang together and some of the characters do have a bit of depth to them. The happy family life and affection for Powerscourt's wife and children are rare and welcome ingredients in this kind of story. Shelve Death on the Nevskii Prospekt. Death on the Holy Mountain by David Dickinson. Praise for the Powerscourt series: Shelve Death on the Holy Mountain. Death of a Pilgrim by David Dickinson.
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Three men are found with their throats cut, and a… More. Shelve Death at the Jesus Hospital. In February , a feast is held at the Inns of Court, during which senior barrister Alexander Dauntsey collapses and dies.
When a second barrister is shot dead shortly after, Lord Francis Powerscourt is summoned to conduct a discreet investigation. His inquiries take him to the heart of legal London, where the wills of the dead can reveal the crimes of the living, and he In February , a feast is held at the Inns of Court, during which senior barrister Alexander Dauntsey collapses and dies.
His inquiries take him to the heart of legal London, where the wills of the dead can reveal the crimes of the living, and he discovers a troubled marriage, seemingly broken by the lack of children.
Lord Francis Powerscourt Series by David Dickinson
The trail leads on, first to a grand country house, mysteriously boarded up, its past sealed within, then to a growing list of suspects including a jealous wife, a mistress fearful of being jilted, and a cuckolded husband who writes books about poisons. Powerscourt eventually finds that he too is now standing in the path of danger. Hardcover , pages.
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All that being said, to me Death Called to the Bar seemed as if someone else wrote it. There is an attempt of a new theme. This time Lord P First, let me say that I loved the first four books. This time Lord Powerscourt has to deal with lawyers but unlike the previous four, it wasn't as good to put it mildly. To be honest, I didn't expect this and it was like a slap in the face. My other issue with this book was its romantic part. There is no need to have a lot of romance in a historical mystery, but each of the previous four books had some romantic moments between Powerscourt and his wife.
It was unnecessary but lovely. It gave another layer to the main character. However, Death Called to the Bar has a weird attempt of introducing a femme fatale.
There was absolutely no need for the protagonist to think more than once how beautiful another character is. Again, this being a historical mystery featuring a private investigator had just about enough romance in Powerscourts' marriage for its genre.
And as if the author knew all this, there is the last chapter which had enough drama to last the whole series. Some of it was already used in previous books and it fit better there too. These are just some of the things that bothered me, not all. I love the protagonist and I hope this is the only book like this in the series.
I am not going to stop reading. One book I wasn't thrilled about out of five is better than some other series.
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Hopefully, it will stay the only one. Another enjoyable entry in this historical series featuring private investigator Lord Francis Powerscourt. I've been blazing through the first few books in the series fairly quickly and am pleased there are several more to go, and it still seems to be an active series as well. Not my usual favored time period this one takes place in but enjoyable nonetheless. Lord Francis is hired by the head honchos at Queen's Inn, the smallest and newest Inn of Court, when they are dissatisfied with the Another enjoyable entry in this historical series featuring private investigator Lord Francis Powerscourt.
Lord Francis is hired by the head honchos at Queen's Inn, the smallest and newest Inn of Court, when they are dissatisfied with the police investigation into the poisoning death of one of their barristers at a feast. Presumably they think that because Francis is a peer of the realm and a gentleman, he won't ask those embarrassing questions the police did and will be discreet.
Obviously, they don't know Francis very well! May 01, William rated it it was ok. I'm not a huge fan of this series although I like the characters. The author spends too much time on topics that are basically irrelevant to the plot and distract from it. In one past book he spent an entire chapter discussing cricket and in this book he spent a great deal of time discussing art and poetry The plot dragged through most of the book, only picking up in the last 50 pages or so.
Jul 21, Abbey rated it really liked it Shelves: Wealthy - and disliked - barrister gets himself poisoned and all sorts of skullduggery gets uncovered. Although it is several centuries old, Queen's Inn is the newest - and most fashionable - legal firm in London in Its members aren't quite as stodgy as those in many barrister firms, and its methods are somewhat more modern than most.
But it does have its traditions, and the big celebration regularly held on , 5 Lord Francis Powerscourt, London; professional investigator, historical. But it does have its traditions, and the big celebration regularly held on February 29th or 28th, depending is always a very important occasion. The new century looks to be quite profitable for most at Queen's Inn, and the barristers have a lot to celebrate at this shindig, especially the food, which has always been superb. Unfortunately the fairly well-disliked Senior Member Alexander Dauntsey doesn't find the soup much to his liking, and falls face-down into the bowl in a most impolite manner.
When he is discovered to be dead, many strings get pulled, and private inquiry agent Lord Francis Powerscourt is asked to assist the police in looking into the matter, as the Head of Chambers rashly assumes that he'd have more control over Powerscourt than over Scotland Yard.