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Death on the Nevskii Prospekt (Lord Francis Powerscourt #6)

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Powerscourt, coaxed out of retirement one last time, heads for St Petersburg where a British diplomat has been discovered, his throat cut, on a bridge spanning Nevsky Prospekt. It would seem the man knew a secret — and it proved fatal. As Powerscourt paces the Winter Palace and ponders the mystery, other matters press in on him. With Russia edging towards revolution, he m
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Published September 1st 2011 by Constable & Robinson (first published January 16th 2006)
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Kay Robart
Jul 23, 2013 Kay Robart rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This disappointing novel begins with a couple of totally unnecessary chapters devoted to efforts to get Lord Powerscourt's wife to release him from his promise not to take on any more investigations. The powers that be want him to go to Russia to investigate the death of an English diplomat on the Nevskii Prospekt. No one in England knows why he was there, but when Lord Powerscourt arrives, no one in Russia will admit that he is dead. The novel seems only lightly researched and has minimal chara ...more
Nancy Ellis
Nov 22, 2013 Nancy Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable Powerscourt adventure, not to be taken too seriously, just enjoyed! I especially liked this one because it takes place in one of my favorite settings, St. Petersburg in the early 20th Century. Powerscourt comes out of retirement (don't believe he'll ever retire) to investigate the murder of a British diplomat on a top secret mission, so secret nobody in either country seems to know what it was except the Prime Minister and the Czar himself. Lots of delightful characters and des ...more
Roderick Martin, a British diplomat is found dead in St. Petersburg. Then his body disappears. Lord Francis Powerscourt agrees to come out of retirement and investigate, although he gets little information from his own government, which claims that only the prime minister knows about Martin's mission was. Powerscourt's journey takes him to the Czar himsself, and through the help of one of the Czarina's ladies-in-waiting, into the heart of a stupid, superstitious and inept royal court. But danger ...more
Unlike Jacqueline Winspear's Maisie Dobbs series, these books are not grounded in the history as much as in front of the history (well-researched and accurate as it appears), which serves as background for swashbuckling, amazing escapes, breathtaking derring-do, scandal and intrique. Exchange the carriage and four and telegraph for a Porsche and an iPhone and these books could go modern very easily. Fun, but not memorable.
A satisfying yet strange conclusion to this latest Powerscourt intrigue. Great setting in bleak and tumultuous Russia at the turn of the century with a cheeky cleric named Rasputin just making his way into the acquaintance of the Romanov family.
Ken Timbers
Quite a good story, but the principal interest for me was the setting, with fascinating descriptions of life in Russia at the turn of the 19/20th centuries. The Russian torture chambers are described in gruesome detail!
I like this series very much but didn't care for this book. It is partly because I'm not too fond of Russian history and the fall of the royal family. The cruelty of the country as it was falling wasn't something I was into at this time.
Jan Koch
Easy read murder mystery. I liked the setting in Tsarist Russia. I'm not sure how fond I am of the hero, Lord Francis Powerscourt
Apr 19, 2014 Malerah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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If I wasn't from Russia, I would enjoy this book. There are a lot of mistakes which are very annoying.
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David Dickinson was born in Dublin. After receiving a first class honours degree in Classics from Cambridge he joined the BBC where he became editor of Newsnight and Panorama as well as being series editor on Monarchy, a three part programme on the current state and future prospects of the British royal family. David now lives in Barnes, South West London.

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“By now the two men were tied securely to their chairs. Powerscourt found he could just about move his arms. If there was a deus out there somewhere, he said to himself, he wished he would hurry up and get out of his machina.” 3 likes
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