The second book in the delightfully witty crime series set in late 19th century bohemian Paris, following the adventures of Bertie, Prince of Wales
In 1890 twelve guests gather at Desborough Hall for a week's shooting party hosted by the beautiful Lady Amelia Hammond. Months of planning have left nothing to chance, for the main guests are the Prince and Princess of Wales. But events take a sinister turn when the vivacious Queenie Chimes collapses face down in the chef's lovingly created bombe-glac e. More deaths follow and clues planted on the bodies point shockingly to a final tally of seven, one for each day of the week. Bertie is compelled to investigate.
A delightful and amusing period piece, particularly in the interplay between the libidinous Bertie and his rather more intelligent wife, Alexandra, who stoically endures his inclination to dally with anything in skirts - Sunday Express
High-class Victorian entertainment written with wit - Marcel Berlins, The Times
Seamlessly plotted, populated with a dynamic cast, and often howlingly funny - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Funny, ingenious and royally entertaining - Literary Review
Peter Lovesey was born in Middlesex and studied at Hampton Grammar School and Reading University, where he met his wife Jax. He won a competition with his first crime fiction novel, Wobble to Death, and has never looked back, with his numerous books winning and being shortlisted for nearly all the prizes in the international crime writing world.
He was Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association and has been presented with Lifetime Achievement awards both in the UK and the US.