Death on the Lizard
An Edwardian Mystery (Lord and Lady Sheridan #12)
by Robin Paige
Think competition is tough in the cell phone industry today? You should have been around in
the start up days of the original wireless, where the Sheridans find themselves this time
-amidst hopeless passions, deceptions, spies, and murder.
The Lizard of the title is the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall, an isolated spot in the far
west of England, where Marconi has built one of his first wireless telegraph sites. He's
having enough problems trying to fill the unrealistic promises of his company's board, without
having to deal with the apparent mayhem going on there. There's been sabotage and a few
too many accidental deaths, including the man Marconi relies on most. Charles Sheridan's
longtime friend and neighbor Bradford Marsden is one of Marconi's investors. Therefore it
seems natural to bring experienced amateur scientist and sleuth Sheridan in to investigate
and make sure things are resolved before an impending visit by the Prince and Princess
of Wales. Which also makes it easier for Bradford's sister Patsy to pressure Kate Sheridan
into accompanying her to Cornwall to help with a problem of her own there.
This is a series I'd lost a bit of interest in, as it seemed to focus increasingly on
spotlighting famous real life historical figures, with some of the plots seeming little
more than an excuse to do so. The current book certainly brings in Marconi and some other
well known names from the early days of wireless, but you don't feel like they're dominating
the stage too much, as I'd felt was a problem in prior books. While the distinctive and
dramatic Cornwall scenery was almost a real life character of its own. As a result I enjoyed
it much more than the last book I'd read in this series, enough to go back and check out
some of the ones in between that I've missed.
If you enjoy light historicals that are character driven but also provide some interesting
information about the technological changes and real life people of the time, you'll enjoy
this visit to Edwardian England.
February 7, 2006|
Historical Mystery [Cornwall, England 1903]|