Death at Epsom Downs

Death at Epsom Downs

Book - 2001
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The Sheridans are on the scene at Derby Day in Epsom Downs--Charles is taking photographs and Kate is gathering information for her latest novel--but the race becomes life-or-death when one of the jockeys does not make it to the finish line.

Blackwell North Amer
It's Derby day at Epsom Downs, and the Sheridans are on the scene. While Lord Charles sets up his camera to photograph the race for the Jockey Club, Kate absorbs the atmosphere for her new novel. Watching the Derby from a box shared with Jennie Jerome Churchill and world-renowned actress/mistress/horse-owner Lillie Langtry, Kate senses something strange about the outcome. And that evening's news bears out her suspicions.
It seems that while some gamblers lost their shirts on the race, one unfortunate jockey lost his life. Hard on the heels of that shock comes a request from the Jockey Club at Newmarket that Charles investigate the theft of Lillie Langtry's jewels from their vault. The case pulls Kate and Charles into Miss Langtry's fast, frantic social circle as they probe into her secret life, getting caught in a dangerous web of intrigue. There are no safe bets as bitter rivalries and past love affairs cast suspicion in all directions. Now, as the lord and his lady run neck and neck with thieves and murderers, the race for justice stands to be a photo finish.

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2001.
ISBN: 9780425178072
0425178072
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 22 cm.

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May 21, 2013

Surprised to find that doping racehorses was totally legal in 1899 - cocaine being the drug of choice! The plot revolves around a death at the racetrack caused by a doped horse. Tight plot, for a "cosy" mystery and lots of fascinating tidbits of history.

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