Death of a Wine Merchant (Lord Francis Powerscourt)

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Lord Francis Powerscourt turns his superior talents to murder at a Fenland society wedding. The finger of suspicion points at Cosmo Colville, found with a smoking gun beside the body of his brother and father of the groom, wine merchant Randolph Colville.

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David Dickinson was born in Dublin. With an honours degree in Classics from Cambridge, David Dickinson joined the BBC, where he became editor of Newsnight and Panorama, as well as series editor for Monarchy, a three-part programme on the British royal family.

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The father of the groom, Randolph Colville, is murdered just after his son’s wedding, apparently by his brother, Cosmo, who is found sitting by Randolph’s body holding a gun. As Cosmo refuses to say a word in his defense, his barrister, Charles Augustus Pugh, hires investigator Lord Francis Powerscourt to find reasons to cast doubt on Cosmo’s guilt. Is Cosmo protecting someone? With a trial no more than six weeks away, Powerscourt, convinced that Cosmo is innocent, conducts a thorough investigation into the Colvilles’ personal lives and their wine business. After a more leisurely step-by-step investigation, the pace picks up as Powerscourt, who proves an appealing hero, races to solve the crime before the trial ends. The early 1900s are nicely delineated, and details of the wine business add to the story. --Sue OBrien

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Book Description Little, Brown Book Group, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. UK ed.. Language: English . Brand New Book. An unwelcome guest - Death - gatecrashes a society wedding and Lord Francis Powerscourt is summoned by his barrister friend, Charles Augustus Pugh, to investigate this most singular case of murder in the Fens.The dead man is Randolph Colville, successful wine merchant and father of the groom. The murderer would appear to be his brother Cosmo, found in the same room with a gun in his hand. But is this simply a modern-day version of Cain and Abel, or is there more to it than that? Cosmo isn t speaking and time is running out for him for he has an appointment with the gallows in two weeks.Francis has to act fast and sets out to discover all he can about the dead man - and his brother. Cosmo s silence is bothering him for it can only be for two reasons; either he is protecting a woman - or a family scandal. His investigations take him to the vineyards and towns of Burgundy, where he uncovers evidence of serious malpractise in the Colville wine trade, bitter rivalry with a London-based competitor and a disgruntled ex-employee bent on revenge. But there is another secret - more terrible and shocking than anything gone on before - which finally reveals the motive for the untimely death of a wine merchant.Praise for David Dickinson: Splendid entertainment Publishers Weekly A leisurely period whodunit with Dickinson s customary historical tidbits and patches of local color, swathed in an appealing Victorian narrative Kirkus Reviews Detective fiction in the grand style James Naughtie A cracking yarn, beguilingly real from start to finish Peter Snow. Bookseller Inventory # AA29781849015929

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