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Death In A Scarlet Coat (Lord Francis Powerscourt #10)

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Master of the Hunt, the fifteenth Earl of Candlesby, has come to lead his riders once again. But this time he comes as a corpse, wrapped in blankets across his horse, a corner of his scarlet coat visible in the morning mist. Only three people see the body. One dies. Another vanishes. Now only one man knows how he was killed. Powerscourt is summoned to investigate murder in ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Constable & Robinson
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Sep 01, 2012 Helen rated it it was ok
The story was quite intriguing but the plot wasn't fast enough to keep me interested.
First Sentence: It was very cold at nine o’clock on a breezy autumn morning in Lincolnshire.

The Earl of Candlesby is dead; an event more to cause celebration than mourning. Yet no one is allowed to see his body and the local, very elderly doctor is forced into signing a death certificate stating “natural causes.” Lord Francis Powerscourt, one of the most respected inquiry agents in Great Britain, and his wife Lady Lucy stop in Lincolnshire on their way to one of her many relatives. There they h
Aug 11, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
A minor motoring accident leads to Lord Frances Powerscourt involvement in the death of the Earl of Candlesby and his heirs, who live in a decrepit Lincolnshire mansion. Only three people have seen Candlesby's body--and one is dead and a second has disappeared. When Powerscourt and the police finally do exhume the body, they find that the Earl was murdered, despite the local doctor's certificate of natural death. But worse is to come, and it looks as though there's no solution to a mysterious se ...more
May 27, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it
Shelves: powerscourt, fiction
My first Powerscourt mystery and I found this highly enjoyable. Gently paced and in the 'cozy' tradition, Lord Powerscourt travels to Lincolnshire to investigate the murder of a country gentleman on the eve of a big hunt. The book is set in the times of Lloyd George's 'People's' budget as means of background. The story contains probably a unique way of murdering someone, it is unlikely this method will appear in any agatha christie. I recommend the book and will check out others in the series.
Jill Hutchinson
Feb 24, 2012 Jill Hutchinson rated it liked it
Another in the series featuring Lord Francis Powerscourt, a peer and a detective on the side. This tale features the murders of a father and son, lords of the manor, who are hated by the locals. The story started out rather well but I felt it disintegrated once the solution came into view. Pretty far fetched and the weapon used to kill one of the victims defied belief. Enjoyable but certainly not one of the best of this series.
May 22, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
I just noticed that this is the tenth in a series, and it certainly has that feel - it's well-written, but the plotting suffers from that mid-series slump that can affect authors that spend a lengthy period of time with the same characters. The conclusion's believable, but the story simply lacks that sense of urgency that makes you want to know more.
Nancy Ellis
Mar 06, 2014 Nancy Ellis rated it really liked it
A bit more gruesome, perhaps, than the usual Powerscourt adventure but still thoroughly enjoyable! The only thing that bothered me a bit in the beginning is how perfect Lady Lucy is....she knows everything and everyone, how to do everything, and can do no wrong. But that's just jealousy speaking. :) I really do love these books!
Jul 13, 2011 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was a brick. I enjoyed Dickinson's writing style but the story went on long, hard, rough and immovable. A few things he pulled out of the air at the end. Some plot development issues. Perhaps, if it was 75 pages shorter I'd enjoy it more. Rate it C [3 stars].
Mary G.
Nov 06, 2011 Mary G. rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful edition to the Lord Powerscourt series. Can't wait for the next one.
Kate Victory Hannisian
Jul 12, 2011 Kate Victory Hannisian rated it really liked it
An enjoyable mystery -- happy to have found another series to enjoy!
Mar 30, 2012 Ros rated it really liked it
Excellent mystery with dodgy upper classes
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Sep 28, 2015 Wilde Sky rated it it was ok
A peer, and amateur detective, investigates when a lord is killed.

I found this book incredibly dry, slow paced and a bit repetitive, plus some of the plot points were a bit bizarre.
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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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