The 8th book in this Victorian mystery series. This book features Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as the "real life" character included in the story line. This series offers and interesting view into Victorian life, the development of forensic sciences and the difficulty in getting forensic science accepted as evenidence in the courts of the day.
Another great book from Robin Paige. I love that they weave in real people that lived during that era, the history of Dartmoor Prison and the beginnings of fingerprinting in England. I'm making my way through this series and continue to love every book so far.
This book was much more interesting than some of the previous novels in this series. I was losing interest in this series, but had this one on hand and decided to read it. I am glad that I did. The characters are much more developed and they and the plot are more realistic than some of the previous "Death at..." books.
I read this book in anticipation of a trip to England. Actual historical characters are to be found in this book, the most notable of which is Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle, who is not yet a Sir. Doyle is in Dartmoor trying to get a feel for the moors as he prepares to write "The Hound of the Baskervilles." Doyle plays a rather large part in this story
"A sentence to Dartmoor Prison is a sentence to a living hell..." Lord Charles Sheridan and his American wife, Kate, have heard some truly awful things about Britain's most notorious prison. But Dartmoor and its mist-shrouded environs hold special appeal for both Sheridans. Kate hopes to find inspiration for her new Gothic novel, while Charles plans to implement a fingerprinting program at the prison - and arrange a meeting with one of its most infamous inmates, Samuel Spencer. He's convinced that Spencer - a Scotsman who admitted to killing his wife - is, in fact, innocent. What's more, he believes he has the evidence to prove it. But Spencer continues to maintain his own guilt - and, as if to confirm it, he soon stages a daring prison escape. Lord Charles and his acquaintance Arthur Conan Doyle are most perplexed by this odd turn of events. And when a body turns up on the moor, it's up to the two men - and the clever Kate - to discover if the missing convict is connected to this murderous new case...
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If you like mysteries with real characters you will enjoy this series. Dartmoor is the 8th in the series which has historical settings and includes real people of the time...Arthur Conan Doyle in this book. Well researched using primary and secondary sources to make you experience turn of the century life.
Lord Sheridan is slowly convincing the powers that be to move into the scientific age with crime investigation. He is at a prison in Dartmoor to begin a fingerprinting program, but Charles also wants to convince an inmate, Samuel Spencer, that he knows that Spencer did not commit the horrible crime he was convicted of. Much to Charles' surprise, Spencer does not want to have his name cleared. Kate, in the meantime, is trying to find some inspiration for a novel that she is planning to write. She and Patsy Marsden (who has come to visit) attend a seance at the home of Sir Edgar and his wife, Rosalind. Dire events are predicted, some of which come true, and even though Kate is investigating one mystery and Charles another, the two events eventually connect.
The literary character that plays a major role in this book is Arthur Conan Doyle who is in the area to write a new story. He is stymied, however, by the fact that he has killed Sherlock Holmes, but as he and Charles go about seeking clues, he develops his ideas for the story "The Hound of the Baskervilles". The interaction between Charles' investigation style and Conan Doyle's is quite entertaining. Another amusing aspect was the fact the locals keep calling Conan Doyle "Sherlock" much to his chagrin.
I enjoyed this book immensely and would highly recommend it.
There are a total of twelve books in this series. If possible, try to read them in order. If you need to read them out of order, no worries. The author will catch you up as you go.
Each of the books takes place in a time period between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. The historical goings-on are well documented and you'll meet caboodles of famous people along the way.
These are murder mysteries and the couple who solve the crimes reflect the changes, inventions and new crime-fighting information encountered at the time.
Despite being historical, these books aren't dry textbooks. The characters come alive as they look for clues and despite some missteps along the way, find the dastardly murderer and send him/her off to jail.