Three men are found with their throats cut, and all are connected in some way to an ancient City of London livery company, the Silkworkers. Lord Powerscourt has no shortage of suspects or suspicions. The first victim had shadowy links with the Secret Service. The second had wiped fifteen years out of his own past. The third, a man who collected women at church during Christmas Carol services, had been threatened by angry husbands and disinherited sons.
All the victims had been opposed to the reorganization of the Silkworkers’ finances and, interestingly, Sir Peregrine Fishborne, the head of the Silkworkers, was present just before each victim’s death. Lord knows that the key to solving the mystery lies in the strange markings found on the bodies, which no coroners can identify.
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Praise for Death in a Scarlet Coat:
“David Dickinson’s 10th Lord Powerscourt mystery proves that a classic—set in 1909—whodunit filled with deceit and suspects will continue to attract and stump readers every time.”—Sacramento News and Review
“Strong … combines a compelling whodunit with some of the author’s best writing to date.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Rich in historical detail…. Lovers of British historical mysteries will enjoy Powerscourt’s latest adventure.”—Booklist
“Fine prose, high society, and [a] complex plot recommend this series.”—Library Journal
“One of Dickinson’s many strengths as a writer is establishing a sense of time and place. His descriptions are wonderfully evocative on so many levels…. The plotting is exceptional, even to the final chapter. Death in a Scarlet Coat is one excellent read.”—The Strand Magazine