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The Quality of Mercy (Lord Edward Corinth & Verity Browne #7)

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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
Published October 25th 2007 by Robinson Publishing (first published 2006)
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Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jill Hutchinson
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
Jemera Rone
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jan Duthie
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 04, 2010 rated it liked it
I enjoy these for what they are. A well- plotted mystery in well-researched historical context. Is the hero a little too fortunate in his enemies' poor marksmanship and judgement? Of course-but that is all part of a series.
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Let's see, we have murder set in 1930s England, a dollop of politics, the rise of Hitler, and historical figures scattered throughout. Should be right up my alley. But oddly, this didn't grab me.
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading historical fiction is important - it humanizes the stark historical facts. In this case, it's the blinders the UK put on as the Holocaust began.
Feb 21, 2008 rated it liked it
One of a decent mystery series set in 1930s England and Europe. There's a lot of historic detail and the author, David Roberts, puts in plenty of nods to Dorothy L. Sayers.
Annie Oosterwyk
Mar 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Characters are quite good, but the history/setting of this book was excellent. I will definitely read another.
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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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