Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Murder At Blenheim Palace Book Review


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The marriage between the Duke of Marlborough and 17-year-old Consuelo Vanderbilt, the American railroad heiress, was the talk of two nations when it occurred in 1895. By 1903, the Duchess had produced the requisite heir-and-a-spare, and the Duke had taken a lover, the exotic, erotic Gladys Deacon. Kate and Charles are introduced to this uncomfortable menage a trois when they come to Blenheim Palace: Kate to work on a book about King Henry II and Fair Rosamund, and Charles to follow the trail of a team of jewellery thieves.


Death At Blenheim Palace
by Robin Paige
Publisher: The Crime & Mystery Club
Publish Date: 3 Nov. 2016
Rating: 3/5

Review

I do love a good bargain, so when I found myself a cosy crime in my local The Works store I simply couldn't resist. At 3 paperbacks for a fiver it took me a matter of seconds to select the ones I wanted, though to be fair I could have bought many ( MANY ) lots of 3 books. But that would have made my bank account cry out in despair. So I stuck with the 3 in my basket.

I originally met Robin Paige's work in Waterstones but couldn't bring myself to part with all that cash if I didn't get on with his style of writing. So as the opportunity came a knocking I took the plunge and gave Death At Blenheim Palace a go. As much as I would love to say it was a smashing read I would read over and over again .. it kind of wasn't but it might be your cup of tea instead.

The book begins with an exciting shipment of artefacts from a dig in Crete and an intriguing female visitor who wants some interesting items valued. Our museum experts are very excited about the items but are left feeling slightly suspicious as to why the owner wants to sell such priceless items. I don't know about you, but I do love a good intrigue!

The murder from the title, Death At Blenheim Palace, happens very early on in the book and is kind of forgotten about for a bit. I found myself reading chapters, rather than just a few pages, before a mention of the missing person, who has actually already popped their clogs so to speak. When the mention finally came to light I was still on my 'I'm about to put this book away' nerve because there just wasn't anything happening. In all honesty, I was a little bored and even started about thinking what to cook for dinner.

Death At Blenheim Palace is part of a Victorian Mystery series which is very well written in regards to having everything in place. Changing for afternoon tea and supper etc is all there, including the perhaps slightly difficult to read dialogue. Don't get me wrong, there is a good plot which, eventually, unfolds but for me there wasn't enough propulsion to keep me reading enthusiastically.

If you love reading classics or Shakespearean text I think you may enjoy this work. But unfortunately it wasn't for me.

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