Book Review: David Dickinson Death Comes To The Ballet Russes (Lord Powerscourt #14)




Rating
 3 out of 5 stars
Country
 United Kingdom
Writers
 David Dickinson
Publisher
 Constable
Sub Genre
 Historical 
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Plot Summary
Death Comes To The Ballet Russes is the fourteenth novel in the Lord Powerscourt series by author David Dickinson.  London in 1912 and the famous Ballet Russes have come to town.  At the end of one of their performances life imitates art after one of the troop is found stabbed to death in the orchestra pit.  Lord Powerscourt is invited to investigate and find out whether he or the understudy was the intended victim

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My Review
 The author has clearly done his research on the history of the period and at times perhaps is too zealous in sharing it with the reader.  He is certainly knowledgeable about the world politics of the time as the book not only has well known British personalities involved but also those on the world stage,

 It is into this diplomatic and spy world that Lord Powerscourt is drawn while investigating the murder and he soon finds himself involved with some characters who are not so free with the truth.  This spy element was actually more enjoyable than the murder side of the novel.  Even Lenin is mentioned in the book as he seeks to raise funds for the Bolshelviks and it is only very thinly drawn together with the main murder,

Lord Powerscourt is an interesting and very aristocratic detective who seems perhaps more liberal than you might expect.  

 Despite the overbearing nature of the historical elements of this book it was otherwise an enjoyable mystery,

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