Anne Fleming Death and Deconstruction

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Death and Deconstruction

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In a witty literary mystery, John Charter investigates a killer stalking the members of a Romantic poets society on a Byron-Shelley tour of Italy, at the London Library, and at an academic conference at Norman Abbey--culminating in murder.

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Long on discussion and short on action, Fleming's third British mystery (Sophie Is Gone) reads like the minutes of a dotty faculty conference on the Romantic poets, particularly Byron. Martin Proctor, chairman of the Coleridge and Other Romantic Poets Society (RPS), is concerned when a series of hoaxes plagues the group. With an important RPS conference coming up, he arranges for Detective Chief Superintendent John Charter to go undercover to the next academic gathering in Nottingham. All goes well until after the banquet, when a taped message tells the assemblage that they are locked into the hall with bomb detonators at the doors. This proves to be just another hoax, but the subsequent murder of an American professor proves all too real. Although the crime occurred outside his jurisdiction, Charter joins Detective Chief Superintendent Robert Falkner to investigate. While some readers may enjoy Fleming's portrayal of lit-crit factions, most will likely long for more investigation and less rumination.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Fleming (Committee of the Byron Society, the Byron Journal) utilizes her literary and biographical knowledge of Byron as background for this witty and entertaining mystery. The London-based romantic Poets Society, which has been the subject of several nasty hoaxes, asks Detective Chief Superintendent John Charter for undercover assistance during its upcoming conference at Norman Abbey. Charter, however, cannot stop a subsequent hoax and murder. Fleming makes frequent satirical use of literary buzzwords and throws in a few memorable characters as well. Recommended despite a few awkward transitions.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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