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Peters took Josephine Tey s The Daughter of Time and created a modern mystery amongst a group of pro Richard fanatics.They gather at a country house to display to the world a long lost letter exonerating Richard III of the princes murders, but seemingly a jokester is recreating all of the offenses for which Richard has been blamed.Jacqueline Kirby has been included in the group, due to her experience with ancient documents, but it is her analytical mind that will avert murder Peters took Josephine Tey s The Daughter of Time and created a modern mystery amongst a group of pro Richard fanatics.They gather at a country house to display to the world a long lost letter exonerating Richard III of the princes murders, but seemingly a jokester is recreating all of the offenses for which Richard has been blamed.Jacqueline Kirby has been included in the group, due to her experience with ancient documents, but it is her analytical mind that will avert murder An amusing mystery story about a group of Ricardians with an attractive lady detective given to a dose of sarcasm You don t have to be a Ricardian to enjoy the story, but being a bit of one myself, this was my main motivation for reading this and it made me think I should probably take up the old study last endulged something like ten years ago now again.The book was written in the 1970s, and it shows In a positive way in the brevity of the book ah, the good old times, when bestsellers An amusing mystery story about a group of Ricardians with an attractive lady detective given to a dose of sarcasm You don t have to be a Ricardian to enjoy the story, but being a bit of one myself, this was my main motivation for reading this and it made me think I should probably take up the old study last endulged something like ten years ago now again.The book was written in the 1970s, and it shows In a positive way in the brevity of the book ah, the good old times, when bestsellers were around 320 pages in anegative way in the general shock this bright, outspoken woman creates among the males of the book.The reason it s only three stars for me the author is rather fond of ten dollar words, which she uses all over the place excuse me, which she employs abundantly perhaps in the hopes of sounding elegant, but it s a bit hit and miss Also, the interaction between the characters often seemed haphazard to me quarrels break out for no reason, frowns and smiles show equally without motivation.Still, in spite of these it was a quick and amusing read I really, really dislike this character Jacqueline the librarian, and am shocked by it, because I enjoy Peters other two series very much, especially Vicky Bliss Maybe it s the third person narrative that keeps the readeran audience than inside the character s head along for the ride The character has a lot of Amelia Peabody if she were a late 20th century divorcee with no binding attachments, but it is the binding attachments and a family of characters that allow us to see into the dee I really, really dislike this character Jacqueline the librarian, and am shocked by it, because I enjoy Peters other two series very much, especially Vicky Bliss Maybe it s the third person narrative that keeps the readeran audience than inside the character s head along for the ride The character has a lot of Amelia Peabody if she were a late 20th century divorcee with no binding attachments, but it is the binding attachments and a family of characters that allow us to see into the deeper loyalties and emotions of the character that make Amelia Peabody lovable, rather than arrogant and cold Jacqueline, like Amelia, expresses certainties about her own character that her actions belie, i.e., that she does care about people and their troubles, but she is a woman set loose in mid life from the duties of motherhood and she is only serving her own whims I simply can t find the heart of the woman, and her shenanigans verge on the cruel at times The mystery is an English country house Agatha Christie set up It is okay, but disliking the main character made it hard to pay attention to whether it was a good mystery or not Murder and mayhem among the Ricardians, c 1974.I didn t enjoy this as much as the Amelia Peabody mysteries I ve read, by the same author, but it was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in bed when I wasn t feeling well. Elizabeth Peters was one of my favorite authors in my teenage years I m in the minority as I disliked Amelia Peabody, except for the first book, and loved her Vicky Bliss and Jaqueline Kirby series as well as her stand alones If I read this when I was younger, I don t remember it I like Jaqueline Kirby as a character and think she s aged well The problem with this book is that I really don t care about Richard III or his history and the whole book revolves around it. This was a hard book to read I appreciate scholarly aspects added to a mystery but this was just too much I had to look up information about Richard III and the Wars of the Roses and about historical dress to understand what was going on I was relieved that the book did not involve as many murders as the historical time did Other Jacqueline Kirby books are much better than this one. I ve always been interested in Richard III and I really enjoyed the debate in the book did he or did he not kill the young princes The character of Thomas kind of annoyed me, though In general, it was a decent mystery. I ve been a Ricardian sympathizer since I first made my way through Josephine Tey s The Daughter of Time in high school college I can no longer remember Since then, a lifetime spent studying Europe from the 5th to the 19th centuries has given me a healthy appreciation of the willingness that rulers displayed to dispatch even close relatives who threatened their power, but the case against Richard still strikes me as weak So I am a perfect audience for this updated, at times hilarious, revisi I ve been a Ricardian sympathizer since I first made my way through Josephine Tey s The Daughter of Time in high school college I can no longer remember Since then, a lifetime spent studying Europe from the 5th to the 19th centuries has given me a healthy appreciation of the willingness that rulers displayed to dispatch even close relatives who threatened their power, but the case against Richard still strikes me as weak So I am a perfect audience for this updated, at times hilarious, revisit to the Ricardian controversy, especially from one of my favorite writers.Jacqueline Kirby, librarian at a small Midwestern college, is on vacation in London when her friend Thomas invites her to attend a meeting of his Ricardian society, funded by a wealthy industrialist who has just acquired a letter proving Richard s innocence The meeting at first appears to be a collection of harmless if not entirely pleasant crackpots who dress up in medieval costumes to rehash events 500 years in the past But then mysterious accidents affect one guest after another, and it becomes clear that someone has decided to replicate the murders attributed to Richard III The society members insist these incidents are mere pranks, but Jacqueline is not convinced.Like Die for Love, by the same author and featuring the same amateur detective, this book is charming, intelligent, creative, and funny Peters does a better job than Tey of infusing her mystery with the pros and cons of Ricardian argument, although the novel does at times veer into information dump And again like Die for Love, this book ends with a long explanation by Kirby, without which readers could not solve the mystery although all the necessary pieces are present But it s still a good read, especially given the recent discovery in Leicester of Richard III s skeleton I thought that this would be an interesting light read because it was written in 1974 and the subject matter was very relevant to the present day I was keen to know how Richard III was perceived retrospectively We have just found out so muchabout his physical appearance and how he was buried and I wanted to compare that to what we knew forty years ago The story is very light and if you are interested in a beginner s guide to who was who at the court of King Richard then you will enjoy i I thought that this would be an interesting light read because it was written in 1974 and the subject matter was very relevant to the present day I was keen to know how Richard III was perceived retrospectively We have just found out so muchabout his physical appearance and how he was buried and I wanted to compare that to what we knew forty years ago The story is very light and if you are interested in a beginner s guide to who was who at the court of King Richard then you will enjoy it I found all of the characters equally annoying, they were mainly members of a Ricardian society and most of them are obsessed by the subject They all meet at the home of Herman Weldon for a weekend of make believe and re enactment, Weldon taking on the role of Richard III at the gathering The Guests all dress as one of Richard s contemporaries and it is through their constant arguments and theories about Richard that we get the full history lesson of supposed events during his reign I felt that there was just too much information as the reader is bombarded by different speculations and anyone who knew nothing about the events would, I feel, come out of it knowing even less than they did in the first place As for the plot of the story, I was disappointed, I was waiting for something to happen but not much does The denouement is very lengthy and, I think, struggles to tie in all the ends `Download ✗ The Murders of Richard III ↯ When attractive American Jacqueline Kirby is invited to an English country mansion for a weekend costume affair, she experts only one mystery Since the hosts and guests are all fanatic devotees of King Richard III, they hope to clear his name of theyear old accusation that he killed the little princess in the Tower of London Jacqueline is amused at the group s eccentricities until history begins to repeat itself A dangerous practical joker recreates famous fifteenth century murder methods beheading, poisoning, smothering, and even drowning in a butt of malmsey As the jokes become and macabre, one at last proves fatalJacqueline puts all her observations together for a dazzling solution that will surprise even the most attentive reader