Another well-written book by Robin Paige. A day at the races, which was to be a fun day for the Sheridans turns to disaster with the death of a jockey. Charles is asked to investigate this case. Kate proceeds to visit the actress Lili Langtry at her estate; to do an interview to be published. Lili turns out to be nothing like Kate expects, Charles finds himself in the middle of a horse doping scandal, and the solving of mysteries begins. These books keep you interested from the first page as there is the main plot, but many subplots as well. Extremely good look at historical Victorian times is also interesting. Recommend highly!!
The 7th installment in this Victorian mystery series. An interesting view of Victorian Life and the history of doping race horses. The practice appears to have originated in the Americas and spread to England during Victoria's reign.
It's Derby day at Epsom Downs, and Lord Charles Sheridan is on hand to photograph the race with his new camera - while his wife, Kate, watches from the stands. It's a thrilling day for both Sheridans - until the race ends with a jockey's death. With her husband busy investigating, Kate retreats to the countryside to interview world-renowned actress Lillie Langtry for a magazine article. Plunging into her subject's less-than-illustrious past, Kate puzzles over the long-ago theft of the actress' jewels - and is not surprised when Charles' investigation heads in Langtry's direction. Now, sorting through rumors of bitter rivalries and torrid love affairs, the lord and his lady embark on a race for justice that stands to be a photo finish...
In the book prior to this one, I had a concern that Patrick, the boy the Sheridans had taken under their wing, was not mentioned. That concern was definitely not an issue in this book, for Patrick played a major role. This time, the action centers around horse racing, the concerns of 'doping' the horses, and horse wagering. When a young jockey is killed during the Derby and Epsom Downs, Lord Charles is pressed into investigation by the Jockey Club and the Prince of Wales. Meanwhile, Kate is spending time with Lillie Langtry with the intention of writing a magazine article about the actress. Naturally, there is more to both ventures than meets the eye, and eventually, the two separate tasks intertwine.
Kate and Charles do not spend much time together in this book, but it doesn't affect the story. There is a side story about Bradford Marsden and his fiancee which takes up very little space on the pages, but it finds Bradford being given as much grief by his mother about the choice of bride as Charles has received from his mother. (Truth be told, I silently cheered during the short interaction between Charles and his mother!)
I really enjoy this series, the historical aspects are accurate and written in a way that makes you feel as though you are right there, at the race track, or in a sitting room with the principles, having tea.
What I particularly liked about this one was the little twist at the end, when they mystery was solved and I was expecting an arrest....