The eldest son of Queen Victoria, “Bertie” will one day be King Edward VII. For the moment, though, his primary responsibility is to enjoy himself, a task at which he excels – bedding society beauties, betting on sporting events, tormenting his long-suffering wife, and taking his royal bulk off to other people’s country estates, there to shoot things, eat enormous meals, and goose the occasional serving maid. It is at just such an estate that the story unfolds, though this is no ordinary shooting-party. The guest-list, of course, is glittering, featuring a famous lady explorer, a beautiful actress, and several gentlemen known to be good with guns. Unfortunately, the guest-list dwindles rapidly, as one member after another turns up dead, but Bertie greets the murders with a certain delight, as they allow him to exercise his passion for amateur sleuthing (a task at which he doesn’t particularly excel). Lovesey wrote Seven Bodies as an homage to Agatha Christie, but he laced his classically structured puzzle with his own sly, irresistible wit, gleefully poking fun at the pomposities of privilege. A Prince of Wales Mystery
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When a killer stalks a dinner-and-gameshooting party on an English country estate, the corpses drop like pheasants. High-living Albert Edward ("Bertie"), Prince of Wales, who made his detective debut in Lovesey's Bertie and the Tinman , is the fumbling sleuth and rakish narrator, loosely modeled on the real-life prince who became King Edward VII. Bertie discovers that the nursery rhyme "Monday's child is fair of face . . . " holds the key; each line of the poem points to the next victim. Among the dwindling group of party guests, one of whom is the murderer, are an Amazon explorer, a stuttering poet and a scheming actress. Half the fun of this romp lies in watching Bertie invent, then discard, one theory after another; for a while his suspicions even fall on the widowed hostess he wants to bed. The other half comes from Lovesey's light mockery of Victorian manners and sexual mores in a bright, entertaining tale whose bantering tone conceals artful plotting.
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Book Description Arrow Books, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 99696207