David Dickinson's Death of an Old Master (Lord Francis Powerscourt, Book 3) PDF

By David Dickinson

ISBN-10: 1780334141

ISBN-13: 9781780334141

Ah, these gullible new American millionaires of the overdue nineteenth century. After first enriching themselves via railroad improvement, the delivery exchange, or different robber-baron agencies, many sought to show up their sophistication through paying for nice ecu artworks. "I suspect we might be on the very starting of the largest purchasing spree in history," feedback one cultural gourmand in David Dickinson's Death of an previous Master. "For the buyers, the possibilities are huge." And there have been nonetheless higher gains to be made by way of purveyors of counterfeit masterpieces, as is made transparent during this well plotted 3rd secret (after Goodnight, candy Prince and Death and the Jubilee) that includes Lord Francis Powerscourt, a former military intelligence officer who's now "one of the key investigators in Britain."

Powerscourt's curiosity within the 1899 slaying of major artwork critic Christopher Montague--garroted in his London flat with a piano wire--is uncomplicated adequate: the useless guy used to be one among his spouse Lucy's myriad kin. yet this is often no easy murder. For something, all of Montague's papers have disappeared. those comprise a piece of writing he used to be writing approximately cast or faked Renaissance paintings--some of that are putting on the prestigious de Courcy and Piper Gallery. It's a neat little company that companions William Alaric Piper and Edmund de Courcy were operating: With the aid of a talented--and captive--young artist named Orlando Blane, they replica latest outdated Masters, or create new ones in exact variety, on the market to foreigners. So used to be Montague killed to avoid his revealing this epidemic fraudulence? Or used to be the critic's death the tragic consequence of his affair with a married girl, whose husband is now lacking? Following the garroting of Montague's closest good friend, and with a probable blameless guy anticipating trial for those murders, Dickinson's aristocratic sleuth starts off a chase after solutions that would lead him from the Mediterranean island of Corsica to London's hallowed nationwide Gallery and a raveled dynastic mansion at the Norfolk seacoast.

Dickinson, a former BBC-TV editor, stuffs Death of an outdated Master with wisdom concerning the Victorian artwork international, but avoids didactic stuffiness. His concentration here's as an alternative on wit, rompish event, and a solid memorable for its quirky variety. even supposing readers might be hard-pressed to spot the killer upfront, the court docket answer to Dickinson's secret boasts anything that's missing from many of the creative efforts during this story: genuineness. --J. Kingston Pierce

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He should be hanged by his scrawny neck at Tyburn,' he announced. 'But he's not been convicted yet, Father,' she reminded him. "The fellow is guilty. ' 'There are all kinds of reasons. ' 'Not so, Father,' she rejoined with vehemence. ' he asked. 'Henry Redmayne consorts with some of the most notorious rakehells in the capital. That says everything. It pains me to admit that my son, Gabriel, was once embroiled in that same twilight world of decadence and debauchery. ' 'And who helped to solve his murder?

There was a loud knock at the door. A nod from Henry sent him off to open it. Expecting to see a friend on his doorstep, Henry swung round with a smile of welcome, only to find himself confronted by four officers of the law. Their grim expressions suggested that it was not a social visit. One of the men stepped past Thomas and waved a scroll at the master of the house. ' he enquired. 'Away with you, man! ' asked Henry, removing the cloak with a flourish and hanging it back in the cupboard. ' 'You have to come with us, sir,' said the man with calm authority.

As they ran past Oliver, he was still having difficulties staying upright. Richard, meanwhile, was backing away on all fours from the spot where he had finished up. Christopher and Jonathan soon realized why. When his father grabbed him, the boy was gibbering with fear and pointing in front of him. A jagged line, first sign of a thaw, was etched in the ice but that was not what had frightened the boy. Through the crack, the two men could see the hazy outline of a body Two large, dark, sightless eyes stared up at them out of a deathly white face.

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