It is 1936 and Spain is about to erupt into civil war. Verity Brown, now a correspondent for a national newspaper, insists Corinth help her investigate a murder in Madrid to clear the name of her lover, a senior figure in the Communist Party, who has been convicted of the crime.
A murder mystery featuring Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne.
After six months in New York, Lord Edward returns to London only for his old sparring partner, Verity Browne, to convince him to investigate a murder in Madrid. Her lover, David Griffith-Jones, has been convicted for the murder of a fellow Communist Party member and is set to face a firing squad.
Against all odds, Edward clears David's name and heads back to England. Here, Edward discovers another murder, surprisingly connected to the murder back in Spain. And it isn't too long before a third mysterious murder comes to light...
Edward and Verity join forces once again in search of the truth. But danger is all around them, and there is no guarantee that justice will be served and the murders avenged...
Praise for David Roberts:
'A classic murder mystery [...] and a most engaging pair of amateur sleuths' Charles Osborne, author of The Life and Crimes of Agatha Christie
'A gripping, richly satisfying whodunit with finely observed characters, sparkling with insouciance and stinging menace' Peter James
'A really well-crafted and charming mystery story' Daily Mail
'A perfect example of golden-age mystery traditions with the cobwebs swept away' Guardian
This is a witty and meticulous recreation of the class-ridden middle England of the 1930s... a perfect example of golden-age mystery traditions with the cobwebs swept away, for the many readers who like their sleuthing elegant and their sex and violence concealed behind the curtains - Guardian
Roberts' use of period detail... gives the tale terrific texture. Recommend this one heartily to history-mystery devotees - Booklist
A classic murder mystery with as complex a plot as one could hope for and a most engaging pair of amateur sleuths whom I look forward to encountering again in future novels
...a delightful successor to Sweet Poison... Set in England and Spain just before the outbreak of the civil war, the plotting, characters and authentic background of this charming book make it a delight to read - The Bookseller