Death of a chancellor : a murder mystery featuring Lord Francis Powerscourt

by Dickinson, David.

Format: Print Book 2005
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England, 1901: Beautiful Compton Cathedral in the west of England is preparing for a special anniversary to celebrate one thousand years of Christian worship. But a few weeks before the ceremonies are due to take place, the Chancellor, a high official of the cathedral, dies in mysterious circumstances. Only a doctor and the undertaker are allowed to view the corpse. It soon transpires that the Chancellor was one of the richest men in England, and his sister suspects foul play; so that discreet and well-bred investigator Lord Francis Powerscourt is asked to step in. As Powerscourt paces the ancient cloisters and listen to evensong, he begins to suspect that a terrible secret lies hidden in the cathedral, and it might have something to do with the anniversary. Then there is a dreadful incident--the dead body of one of the choristers is discovered turning on the great spit in the Vicars Hall kitchen. Both Powerscourt and his wife Lady Lucy will find their lives at risk before he uncovers the astonishing secret of Compton Minster and unmasks a brutal killer. With narrative skill and a real understanding of the period, David Dickinson takes us into a past that becomes vividly alive.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "British author Dickinson's compelling fourth Francis Powerscourt whodunit (after 2004's Death of an Old Master) reinforces his standing as one of the better current historical mystery writers. Powerscourt's return to England in 1901, after a year-long intelligence mission in South Africa at the height of the Boer War, is soon followed by the demands of a new client, the imperious and offensively rude sister of the late chancellor of Compton Cathedral in the west of England. The churchman died of a heart condition, according to his doctor and butler, but his sister, who stood to reap a huge share of the vast fortune left behind under one of the three extant wills, is suspicious of their accounts and of the closed coffin. Powerscourt learns that the death may be connected with the disappearances of some members of the choir and to a gruesome murder of another church member. Relying on his usual band of friends and allies, he begins to piece together a stunning conspiracy that could threaten the primacy of the Church of England. Some readers may be disappointed that no deduction is involved in the apprehension of the killer, but the vivid turn-of-the-century setting and absorbing look at Anglican religious schisms more than compensate. Agent, Jane Conway-Gordon. (Jan. 11) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Lord Francis Powerscourt mystery
#1 - Goodnight, sweet prince
#2 - Death and the jubilee
#3 - Death of an old master
#4 - Death of a chancellor
#5 - Death called to the bar
#6 - Death on the Nevskii Prospekt
#7 - Death on the holy mountain
#8 - Death of a pilgrim
#9 - Death of a wine merchant
#10 - Death in a scarlet coat
Subjects Powerscourt, Francis, -- Lord (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Private investigators -- Great Britain -- Fiction.
Chancellors, Diocesan -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Carroll & Graf Publishers,2005
Edition 1st Carroll & Graf ed.
Language English
Description 313 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 0786714921
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