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Death on the Holy Mountain (Lord Francis Powerscourt #7)

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  91 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Praise for the Powerscourt series:

“Fine prose, high society, and [a] complex plot recommend this series.”—Library Journal

“One hopes to see more of Lord Powerscourt and his friends in the near future.”—Publishers Weekly

In 1905, Lord Francis Powerscourt investigates a series of art thefts from stately homes of the Protestant gentry in Ireland. Then people begin to vanish.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Soho Constable (first published December 31st 2007)
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First Sentence: The box was brown and tightly bund with string.

Someone is stealing ancestral portraits, and a few old masters, from the homes of the landed Protestant gentry in Ireland. Being of that descent, yet having given up his Irish family home, Lord Francis Powerscourt is asked to find the culprit. The question is whether it is a case of traditional theft, or an attempt to force the land-owner Protestant’s out of Ireland. When theft turns to murder, the stakes are raised.

I always enjoy Di
May 25, 2010 Cece rated it it was ok
Well, let's just say that Dickinson's opinion on the Irish Question, Home Rule, the Protestant Ascendency, etc. is perfectly clear. Add to that the mush that was the plot-a lot of people wandering in circles wringing their hands, a flat pseudo-climax and loose ends hanging like fringe off the last page-and I was disappointed. I finished it, but there were moments when I wondered if it was worth the time.
Oct 13, 2015 Angie rated it really liked it
Lord Francis is a marvelous gentleman detective. With his best friend, Johnny Fitzgerald, and his very forgiving wife, Lady Lucy, he solves crimes without ever, seemingly, dirtying his hands. There is action and excitement, but also domestic bliss and solicitude not unlike Tommy and Tuppence Beresford or Nick and Nora Charles. I'm a fan.
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Jun 13, 2016 Dahls Chickens rated it did not like it
This has to be the weakest in the series so far. The plot drags, there is no real development of anything. The author shows even less of the thinking and investigative process as usual, thus the reader has no real idea how we got to the endpoint. Oh, well
Jan 31, 2015 Charlene rated it really liked it
Lord Powerscourt is called to Ireland to find family paintings that have been stolen from English homes. A good reminder of the different faces of Ireland and the conflicts between them now and in the past.
When Lord Francis Powerscourt is called to Ireland to investigate the theft of various heirloom paintings, he is torn between his loyalty to the Protestant ascendancy, the class in which he was born, and his feelings that the tide of democracy demands that the Irish gain their autonomy. As he copes with a case unlike any other, he realizes that there is more than money, or even revenge, behind the thefts.
Jan Palmer
May 31, 2013 Jan Palmer rated it it was amazing
David Dickinson books are very good crime and mystery books but unlike many books he goes into a lot of historical background to firmly place the stories in context. In this book it was lots of interesting background on Ireland in the early years of the twentieth century.
Jan 22, 2009 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the parts of the book about Croagh Patrick, since I've been there - although have not made the pilgrimage to the top. The detective part of the story was ok...probably won't read any more in this series.
Dec 26, 2013 Patrick rated it liked it
Recommended to Patrick by: Publi
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Apr 29, 2009 Christa rated it liked it
All his books are researched in great detail. Good overview of the society during the last years of Queen Victoria and the time of Edward VII. Good mysteries besides.
Jun 11, 2009 Linda rated it liked it
I enjoyed this, though it was slow, and a few plot points didn't seem to connect. I appreciated the Anglo Irish history, though sometimes this bogged down the plot.
The author was so intent on communicating his hatred of the Roman Catholic Church that he forgot to construct a believable mystery or create any sympathetic characters.
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Jan 29, 2015 S Dizzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting reading about the feelings of the Irish people about Home Rule and hereditary land ownership. I enjoyed this story.
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Irish historical mystery
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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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