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Death on the Holy Mountain (Lord Francis Powerscourt)by David Dickinson
Synopses & Reviews
Praise for the Powerscourt series:
“Fine prose, high society, and [a] complex plot recommend this series.”—Library Journal
“One hopes to see more of Lord Powerscourt and his friends in the near future.”—Publishers Weekly
In 1905, Lord Francis Powerscourt investigates a series of art thefts from stately homes of the Protestant gentry in Ireland. Then people begin to vanish. As Powerscourt closes in on the killer, his own life is threatened and his patriotism is questioned.
David Dickinson, a BBC editor, lives in West London.
"Dickinson's witty, highly literate seventh Lord Francis Powerscourt novel (after 2007's Death on the Nevskii Prospekt) provides a lively portrait of turn-of-the-last-century Ireland, where the English investigator and his wife, Lady Lucy, track down missing ancestral paintings of Anglo-Irish overlords, rescue kidnapped noblewomen from Irish nationalists and unmask murderers defiling the sacred Croagh Patrick pilgrimage. Large dollops of Ireland's long bloody struggle for independence counterpoint snatches of the country's famed song and poetry as Powerscourt thrashes out his inner dilemma against the labor pains of modern nationhood, torn between his aristocratic English heritage and the Ireland of his youth that he still loves deeply. Meanwhile, Ireland's religious and political leaders juggle fanaticism against practicality and Celtic voodoo against political expediency. Though Lady Lucy's role here is subordinated to Dickinson's evident relish in historical settings, architecture, art and poetry, this novel provides splendid entertainment and a wealth of insights into still-smoldering resentments and conflicts." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The seventh of a series featuring an aristocratic detective in Victorian England.
About the Author
With an honors degree in Classics from Cambridge, David Dickinson has worked as an editor for the BBC publications, Newsnight and Panorama and a series editor for Monarchy. He is the successful author of the Lord Francis Powerscourt mysteries which feature the Irish investigator in Victorian England.
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