The Murders of Richard III (Jacqueline Kirby #2)
In a remote English manor house, modern admirersof the much-maligned King Richard III—one of Shakespeare's most extraordinary villains—are gathered for a grand weekend of dress-up and make-believe murder. But the fun ends when the masquerade turns more sinister . . . and deadly. Jacqueline Kirby, an American librarian on hand for the festivities, suddenly finds herself in...more
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Fairly average, predictable and try hard 'English Country House' mystery with a quirky American librarian as the sleuth. The subject matter was not dissimilar to Tey's The Daughter of Time but I'm afraid that's where the comparison ends. However, I did enjoy that this book characterized fanatical Ricardians as complete nutters and I couldn't resist awarding it an extra star for that fact alone ;-).
I didn't enjoy this as much as the Amelia Peabody mysteries I've read, by the same author, but it was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in bed when I wasn't feeling well.
This book was fun for me because I just watched a documentary on the exhumat...more
You don't have to be a Ricardian to enjoy the story, but being a bit of one myself, this was my main motivation for reading this - and it made me think I should probably take up the old study (last endulged something like ten years ago now) again.
The book was written in the 1970s, and it shows. In a positive way in the brevity of the book - ah, the good old times, when bestsellers...more
Elizabeth Peters is one of my favorite writers, and so far none of her books have disa...more
I was really excited to read this as I am a staunch Richardian. However, after the page where the character goes on and on about how Charles II was sexy and didnt care about the paintings about those who were not? Yeah, I just made the decision then not to invest my time.
I am not saying that all I read is first rate literature...it is just that that particular scene turned me off just ever so much.
Can anyone tell me that I am wrong and it is...more
I appreciate this character, and there is a lot of literature/academic-world reference that is appealingly self-deprecating and humorous.
In this book, in particular, I enjoyed how Peter's folded in the history of Richard III, and the commentary on the difficulty of knowing...more
But then this book also caters to my interest in things Richard III, sending up "Ricardians" (defenders of the maligned king) with gentle affection. In that regard you can rather see this as a homage and sequel to Josephine Tey's Th...more
This was a good read and enjoyable; but surprisingly, a bit dated. I guess over time, the writing style conventions change. It seemed a bit too stilted and contrived. I honestly am still surprised that I feel that way. Barbara Mertz (Elizabeth Peters) was suc...more
So now that I've read it, I guess I'll have to say that I'm still not a huge fan of E.P. The book was okay, but I found the so-called "heroine" to be completely distasteful, to the point that it also soured me on the so-called "hero" who...more
The story of the company of Richard III proponents who have a modern society dedicated to clearing the reputation of Richard, whom the...more
American librarian, Jacqueline Kirby, has arrived at an English manor house for a weekend of research, debate, and all things surrounding the legend of Richard III of England. She has been invited to join this group of scholars to determine whether a letter, that purportedly vindicates Richard in the deaths of his two nephews, is authentic.
When accidents start occurring to the guests, in the order of Richard’s other victims, suspicion is heightened that th...more
However, as you get into the story the main character, Jacqueline Kirby, attractive American librarian visiting London, begins to ha...more
Ricardians are supporters of Richard III of England (1452 - 1485). They claim he was framed as a murderer (see the little princes in the tower) and painted a gimp, that he wa...more
The plot seemed a bit contrived and forced, but I must admit I did not guess the identity of the guilty party.
I am enjoying it so far. If you like Richard III and the history and controversy surrounding the murder (did he do it?) of the two princes in the Tower, you will like this. The book was banned (or at least not printed) in Great Britain because the groups of Ricardians there would have been offended. :) It's worth a read. I still don't know whodunnit yet...
I finished this one. I liked the lead up to the solving of the mystery, b...more