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Authors: Robin Paige

Death at Dartmoor

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More praise for Robin Paige's Victorian Mysteries:
“I read it with enjoyment ... I found myself burning for the injustices of it, and caring what happened to the people.”
—Anne Perry
 
“Wonderfully gothic.... A bright and lively re-creation of late-Victorian society.”—Sharan Newman
 
“Good stories with a nice feel for the period. Intriguing and intelligent.”
—Mysterious Women
 
“An original and intelligent sleuth ... a vivid re-creation of Victorian England.”—Jean Hager, author of
Blooming Murder
 
“Absolutely riveting.... An extremely articulate, genuine mystery, with well-drawn, compelling characters.”
—
Meritorious Mysteries
 
“An adventure worth reading.”
—Romantic Times
 
“Robin Paige provides readers with an excellent historical mystery that will have genre fans searching for the previous novels in this special, one-of-a-kind series.”
—
Midwest Book Review
Praise for
Death at Epsom Downs
 
“Enough danger and intrigue to keep readers turning the pages, which are filled with vivid historical detail.”
—Booklist
 
“Even-tempered prose, period conversation, historical characters, dialect, and culture will make this a solid addition to the series.”
—Library Journal
 
“Readers who like their historical mysteries on the lighter side will find much to enjoy here.”
—Publishers Weekly
 
“The cleverly arranged mystery absorbs the audience, but takes a back seat to the human drama at the tail end of the nineteenth century. Robin Paige provides a page-turning novel that will entice historical
fiction
buffs and Victorian mystery readers to seek her previous works in a strong series.”
—Midwest Book Review
 
“If you like mysteries with real characters and historical settings, you will enjoy this series.”—
The Stuart (FL) News
The Victorian Mystery Series by ROBIN PAIGE
Death
at
Bishop's Keep
... in which our detectives Kate Ardleigh and Sir Charles Sheridan meet for the first time as they are drawn into a lurid conspiracy ...
 
Death
at Gallows
Green
... in which two mysterious deaths bring Kate and Sir Charles together once more to solve the secrets of Gallows Green ...
 
Death
at Daisy's
Folly
... in which Charles and Kate discover that even the highest levels of society are no refuge from the lowest of deeds—such as murder ...
 
Death
at Devil's
Bridge
... in which
newlyweds
Charles and Kate Sheridan begin their lives at Bishop's Keep—only to find a new mystery right in their own backyard ...
 
Death
at Rottingdean
... in which a seaside holiday for Charles and Kate becomes a working vacation when the body of a coast guard is discovered on the beach of
Smuggler's Village
...
 
Death at Whitechapel
...
in
which a friend of the Sheridans' is blackmailed—by someone who claims to have proof that her son's father was none other than the notorious Jack the Ripper ...
 
Death at Epsom Downs
... in which a jockey is murdered on Derby day, leaving Charles and Kate to embark on a race for justice that stands to be a photo finish ...
The Victorian Mysteries by Robin Paige
DEATH AT BISHOP'S KEEP DEATH AT GALLOWS GREEN DEATH AT DAISY'S FOLLY DEATH AT DEVIL'S BRIDGE DEATH AT ROTTINGDEAN DEATH AT WHITECHAPEL DEATH AT EPSOM DOWNS DEATH AT DARTMOOR DEATH AT GLAMIS CASTLE DEATH IN HYDE PARK DEATH AT BLENHEIM PALACE DEATH ON THE LIZARD
 
 
China Bayles Mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert
THYME OF DEATH
WITCHES' BANE
HANGMAN'S ROOT
ROSEMARY REMEMBERED
RUEFUL DEATH
LOVE LIES BLEEDING
CHILE DEATH
LAVENDER LIES
MISTLETOE MAN
BLOODROOT
INDIGO DYING
AN UNTHYMELY DEATH
A DILLY OF A DEATH
DEAD MAN'S BONES
BLEEDING HEARTS
SPANISH DAGGER
 
CHINA BAYLES' BOOK OF DAYS
 
 
Beatrix Potter Mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert
THE TALE OF HILL TOP FARM
THE TALE OF HOLLY HOW
THE TALE OF CUCKOO BROW WOOD
THE TALE OF HAWTHORN HOUSE
 
 
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DEATH AT DARTMOOR
 
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AUTHORS'NOTE
Four of the characters in this novel are “real,” and our representation of them is as faithful to life as we can make it. Arthur Conan Doyle and Fletcher Robinson visited Dartmoor during March and April of 1901, when this novel takes place, with the purpose of jointly authoring
The Hound of
the
Baskervilles.
We don't know for certain that Jean Leckie joined Conan Doyle at the Duchy Hotel, but the two frequently arranged such meetings, and it is not impossible that she would have visited him there. William Crossing's pioneering work as a topographical expert and as a folklorist has made it possible for tens of thousands of visitors to enjoy the beauties of Dartmoor and to appreciate the legends that Doyle used as the basis of his famous story.
ROBIN PAIGE
BILL AND SUSAN ALBERT
BERTRAM, TEXAS
CAST OF CHARACTERS
*Indicates historical persons
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lord Charles Sheridan,
Baron Somersworth and amateur forensic detective
 
Lady Kathryn Ardleigh Sheridan,
Baroness Somersworth and author, under the pen name of Beryl Bardwell
 
Miss Patsy Marsden,
photographer and world traveler
 
*Arthur
Conan Doyle (later, Sir Arthur), author
 
*Miss Jean Leckie,
intimate friend of Conan Doyle, later Lady Conan Doyle
 
*Bertram (Bertie) Fletcher Robinson,
journalist and self-styled “joint author” of
The Hound of the Baskervilles
 
Sir Edgar Duncan,
master of Thornworthy, Chagford, Dartmoor
 
Lady Rosalind Duncan,
wife of Sir Edgar and mistress of Thornworthy
 
Avis Cartwright,
upstairs maid, Thomworthy
 
Mr. Nigel Westcott,
medium
 
Mr. Jack Delany,
Stapleton House, Chagford, Dartmoor, Sir Edgar's cousin
 
Mrs. Daisy Bernard,
Hornaby Farm, Hexworthy, Dartmoor, Sir Edgar's friend
 
Major Oliver Cranford,
Governor, Dartmoor Prison
 
Dr. Samuel Spencer,
former physician, sentenced in 1900 to Dartmoor Prison for the murder of his wife Elizabeth
 
Miss Mattie Jenkyns,
archaeologist
 
Miss Charlotte Lucas,
of the Salvation Army Prison Gate Mission

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