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Death at Epsom Downs (Kathryn Ardleigh #7)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  650 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Lord Charles Sheridan has launched an investigation into a jockey's recent (and mysterious) death-while his wife, Kate, puzzles over the long-ago theft of an actress's jewels. But soon the Sheridans can't help wondering if the two strange events are, somehow, connected.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published February 5th 2002 by Berkley (first published 2001)
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Really enjoying this series. Not intellectually taxing; not overly complicated; not especially deep, but still more thought provoking than most mysteries these days and enjoyable as you read through. I am still enjoying the mix of real life people of the late Victorian Era with the main characters of this book. In this case the character is Lilly Langtry, an actress and the former mistress of the heir to the throne, Edward, Queen Victoria's son.

Lilly doesn't come across as very sympathetic char
Another good read by the authors Robin Paige. This one centers around English horse racing in the late 1800 and the actress Lillie Langtry. Lillie seems to always "be on stage", especially at home. She surrounds her self with shady characters. At the races a jockey dies riding a juiced horse. A bookie is murdered soon afterwards. Mrs. Langtry's gun is missing and she was to met the bookie about the time he was murdered. Did she do it? Maybe she had it done? Or maybe she had nothing to do with it ...more
My first foray into this series of Victorian mysteries. The authors have woven historical figures into the mix, which enhances the interest for me. A good mystery, well-written, with interesting characters and a glimpse into 1895 English society. Wow, that Lillie Langtry was really something else!
I have never been interested in the glamour and behind-the-scenes intrigues of horseracing, and it turns out this lack of interest is not lessened when there is murder involved. I skipped every paragraph (and a few chapters) after page 50 that had the word horse or jockey or racing.
Clare O'Beara
This is a nicely balanced book bringing historical figures into a mystery. Horse doping is suddenly under way in England as American jockey Tod Sloan comes over and brings experts in the use of drugs with him. They defraud bookmakers and the public as well as endangering horses and riders.

Meanwhile actress Lillie Langtry has been accused of stealing jewels herself and suing the bank which lost them. Lillie does not come off well and we get to see a lot of her and of a child she supposedly had wi
Having been invited to the races to photograph the finish, Charles is forced by the Prince of Wales to investigate a possibly doped horse caused accident. Patrick from the book with Rudyard Kipling reappears as a stable boy cum jockey. Kate is accosted by Lillie Langtrie to turn her writing into a play. The two halves of the couple are staying at different homes and seeing different angles to the case when a bookmaker is killed. The establishment is not willing to take a stand on doping to avoid ...more
This is the 7th book in the Victorian/Edwardian mystery series and involves horse racing. The historical elements include the introduction of photography for the "photo finish" pioneered by Muybridge, the start of doping in horse racing, and Lillie Langtry, the actress and racing fan/gambler known as "Mr Jersey". Charles and Kate are at Epsom Downs so that Charles can photograph the finish of the races. When a race goes horribly wrong, Charles is asked to investigate possible doping. Amelia, Kat ...more
Aug 01, 2008 Susan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Victorian (lighter) mysteries
Recommended to Susan by: Amazon
I dove right into this after finishing "Death at Whitechapel" - as I said in my review of that one, I remembered why I liked this husband/wife Victorian mystery series, and since I have several of the books I'll probably continue on to "Death on Dartmoor" for my beach trip next week. They are perfect for that - interesting, fairly fast-paced, not a ton of humor but fun, light reads. As I said, the inclusion of historical figures makes it fun - in this one, centered on "doping" in the Victorian r ...more
Ken Bickley
The husband and wife team of Bill and Susan Wittig Albert, writing as Robin Paige, have crafted an outstanding series of Victorian mysteries. This one, the 7th, deals with murder and intrigue in the English horse-racing set. It includes Lillie Langtry among several actual people of the time, and (as always) is meticulously researched. It's a great read.
Donna Zigmont
I really liked this book.The best in the series so far for me.I love the two main characters of Kate and Charles.They balance each other very nicely.I also like the blending of real and ficticious characters together.The vivid details of the scenes make you feel like you're actually there yourself.
Peggy Dart
Again, my second reading of this book in this series. First reads much more enjoyable. Second reading, contrived. But still readable. I have to work my way around the artifices and literary devices.
Jane Glen
Good read. Victorian mystery series.
C.J. Prince
I love series where I see the unfolding of a character over an extended time frame. Robin Paige, pseudonym for Susan Wittig Albert and Bill Albert, dives into the late 1800s and early 1900s in this historical novel. This novel brings in Lilly Langtry, a well known actress in the 1800s. Kate, the American Irish woman with feisty self confidence, and her gentried husband Lord Charles solve a mystery worth reading.
While I'm enjoying this series I don't like the inclusion of real life characters such as Lillie Langtry. I also find it very difficult to accept that an American expat who was brought up by a policeman and his wife would find herself in the exalted company of English society during Victorian times. Heck, she'd have had a tough time right through the '80's there or at home for that matter--I mean the 1980's!
Slow to start but enjoyed the Patrick and horse racing elements. Felt like a lot of extra details about people's homes and such that added nothing to the story. Some parts seemed obvious but still enjoyable mystery solving.
I enjoy these books for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason is for the true-life events (and people) Paige interweaves with the fictional ones. Fingerprinting, x-ray machines, cars…so many of our everyday items and practices are in their infancy in these books. It’s refreshing to see them through eyes that make them fresh and new.
Another good historical mystery from this husband and wife team. This one taught me a lot about the beginning of horse 'doping' in Britain in the late 1800's, plus some about Lillie Langtry.
A well written and researched cozy mystery, set in Victorian England. Part of a series written by a husband and wife team under the name Robin Paige. Lots of plot turns. Strong characters. Historical names. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of the writing.
Mark Macatee
I enjoyed this, although not quite as much as earlier volumes. There was more actual investigation and discovery of clues rather than happenstance which I definitely did appreciate. Looking for to the next installment.
Ruth Ellen
the more I read these books, the more I see Law and Order and CSI. lol... you be the judge. I love all the new and interesting people in history who show up.
I didn't like this one as much as previous ones of this series. Maybe it was because I was on vacation and was quite distracted!
Anne Gannett
I really enjoyed the characteers, time period (victorian) and Robin Paige's writing style
Brenda Haven
Another fun read by Robin Paige. I really enjoy this series of Victorian mysteries.
Interesting story on the history of horse race doping in the early 1900s of England.
"Enjoyable little historical fiction mystery series."
Jordan Mierek
Great book for a rainy day! :)
Not my favorite of the series.
This series is a fun read.
Comforting cozy mystery.
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aka Bill and Susan Wittig Albert

The Robin Paige Victorian-Edwardian mystery series was written by Bill and Susan Albert from 1994-2006. There are a dozen books in the series (now completed), beginning in the mid 1890s and continuing through 1903.

The series features two sleuths: Kate Ardleigh Sheridan and Sir Charles Sheridan. Kate is an Irish-American woman who writes under the pseudonym of Bery
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