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Mad Hatter's Holidayby Peter Lovesey
Synopses & Reviews
A] gem, catching to perfection the social atmospherics of Victorian Brighton and at the same time telling an ingenious story of murder and discovery.--PublishersWeekly
His best yet.--H. R. F. Keating, The Times (London)
The sleuthing is neat and satisfying: in themeantime, Victorian pleasures, permitted and illicit, are rendered up with gusto.--Guardian
Brighton in 1882 is the setting of this novel of crime and tangledemotions. Albert Moscrop, a visitor whose holiday is dedicated to peering through a telescope at the seaside scene, marches down Queen's Road to the beach and draws us through a sequence of disarmingly trivialobservations into a compelling drama, played in the fashionable haunts of the nineteenth-century resort: beach, piers, promenade, swimming bath, aquarium, and Devil's Dyke.
A keen student ofhuman nature, Moscrop concentrates his interest on one particular family of holidaymakers--the Protheros, and especially the beautiful Zena Prothero, whose husband appears to take her excessively for granted.Gradually Moscrop moves into the circle of the Prothero family, only to become involved in a sensational murder. All Brighton is horrified by the gruesome crime. The local police seek the help of Scotland Yard, which isprovided in the persons of Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray. These indomitable detectives soon find themselves challenged by the strangest case of their careers, one that is as mystifying as it ismacabre.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
When a sensational murder takes place at a beach resort in 1882, all of Brighton is horrified. The local police seek the help of Scotland Yard, which is provided in the persons of sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray.
About the Author
\Peter Lovesey is the author of 26 highly praised mystery novels and has been awarded the CWA Gold, Silver, and Diamond Daggers (for Lifetime Achievement) as well as many US honors. He lives in West Sussex, England.
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