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  • By mikemackenzie
    Oct 24, 2009
    I enjoyed this for its clever plot, mild suspense and obviously well-researched characterisations. Descriptions of the various participants, their language, attitudes and behaviour, and the complex inter-relationships give a good feel for mid-18th century society from the aristocracy to the lower classes. A very easy read with good illustrations. This is one of three books by the author which share some of the major characters. They each stand on their own but they fit together well, especially if read in their chronological sequence: Poker Face, Whose Death and Iced Tart.
  • By leon crickmore
    Oct 15, 2009
    "A. Agnew PokerFace; Whose Death?; and Iced Tart" A. Agnew: Poker Face; Whose Death?; and Iced Tart For those with a taste for traditional detective fiction enriched by a sound historical background, three stylish crime stories by a newcomer and published this year by Lulu may prove a valuable find. The author is A. Agnew, and the three books: Poker Face; Whose Death?; and Iced Tart. As their investigator all three feature the Hon Richard Devereux, the third son of Viscount Deal, recently returned from India, and assisted by his valet, Tom, and housekeeper, Meg. Although still only in his twenties, Devereux emerges as a mature, humane and endearing eighteenth century forerunner of Lord Peter Wimsey. In order to set the scene and highlight the differences in life for Richard between India and back home, ‘Poker Face’ opens at a leisurely pace. But from the moment of the discovery of the first body, the book becomes a real page-turner, with a compelling readability that... More > persists through ‘Whose Death?’ and ‘Iced Tart’. All three books are full of carefully researched details of the legal system, mores , social customs, food, dress and habits of the great houses of southern England during the eighteenth century. Helpfully, in each book the author provides a closing Historical Note, succinctly summarizing the key perspectives of these pertinent to the story. The books are attractively illustrated with drawings and sketch maps by Donovan David Moody. Do try A. Agnew. I do not think you will be disappointed. Leon Crickmore May, 2009< Less
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Product Details

ISBN
9781409265207
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
Gloria Moody
Published
June 10, 2009
Language
English
Pages
294
Binding
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
Weight
1.1 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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