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The Quality of Mercy (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Browne #7)
When the Nazis seize Austria in March 1938, Verity Browne is deported as a well-known anti-Fascist. Before she leaves she is able to arrange for a young Jewish man to escape, but where he expects safety, he finds danger and sudden death. Meanwhile, Lord Edward Corinth also finds death where he least expects it when his nephew stumbles on a corpse. The police say no crime w...more
Published October 25th 2007 by Robinson Publishing
(first published 2006)
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The story begins in Vienna just before Hitler and his gang seize Austria. Verity is a journalist and has been in Vienna trying to report on the state of the country as the Nazis advance. As a well-known anti-Fascist and Communist, she is one of the first to be deported when Hitler takes over. Before her enforced departure she arranges for a young Jew, Georg Dreiser, to escape certain death and flee to England. But it is in England, where he least expects it, that danger and sudden death catch up ...more
May 15, 2011 Jill Hutchinson rated it liked it · review of another edition
This series of books is interesting, not so much for the mystery but for the interweaving of fictional and real characters. In this entry, Lord Edward, second son of a Duke, and Verity, a committed Communist, an on-again, off- again couple, get involved in a series of incidents, including two probable murders, in the era just preceding WWII. Major players of the time appear......Winston Churchill, Lord Louis Mountbatten, Unity Mitford, etc. A thinly disguised Hedy Lamar also plays a major part a ...more
The setting of thus detective is in a grand English country home of Lord Mountbatten on the eve of WWII. It also features cameos by such luminaries as Winston Churchill and flashbacks to the Spanish Civil War where our heroine, a convinced Communist and British journalist, lost the love of her life. Of course the novel opens in Vienna from which our heroine is being expelled on account of its recent Nazi occupation. She undertakes to rescue a young Jewish man from Vienna and escort him to Englan ...more
I'm thoroughly enjoying this series of books. The historical research is very good as is pulling real characters into the fictional mix. I happen to have been reading some biographies of the historical characters and the details of events are accurate. Always a good contorted plot and a complicated relationship between the two main characters.
David Roberts was an editor at Chatto and Windus, editorial director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson and a partner of Michael O'Mara Books, before becoming a full-time writer in 2000.
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