Death in a Scarlet Coat
A Lord Francis Powerscourt Investigation
By David Dickinson
(Soho Constable, Hardcover, 9781569479124, 304pp.)
Publication Date: March 15, 2011
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Instead of leading his riders to the hunt, the fifteenth Earl of Candlesby is found dead, his body wrapped in blankets atop his horse, a corner of his scarlet coat visible in the morning mist. Three people see the body. One dies. Another vanishes. Now only one man knows how he was killed. Lord Powerscourt is summoned to investigate the murder. Powerscourt uncovers a tangled web of jealousy, revenge, and hatred on a rundown estate where the father and his sons are equally dangerous. The fifteenth Earl has left a trail of dueling, theft, and adultery across the flatlands of Lincolnshire. It will take another murder and a perilous chase beneath the crumbling estate before Powerscourt unlocks the mystery.
David Dickinson was born in Dublin. He worked in British television for many years and now divides his time between Somerset and France.
“David Dickinson’s 10th Lord Powerscourt mystery proves that a classic—set in 1909—whodunit filled with deceit and suspects will continue to attract and stump readers every time.”—Sacramento News and Review
"Strong ... combines a compelling whodunit with some of the author’s best writing to date.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Rich in historical detail.... Lovers of British historical mysteries will enjoy Powerscourt's latest adventure."—Booklist
"Fine prose, high society, and [a] complex plot recommend this series."—Library Journal
“One of Dickinson’s many strengths as a writer is establishing a sense of time and place. His descriptions are wonderfully evocative on so many levels.... The plotting is exceptional, even to the final chapter. Death in a Scarlet Coat is one excellent read.”—The Strand Magazine
"Both erudite and elegant."—Mystery Scene