THE KING EDWARD PLOT by Robert Lee Hall

THE KING EDWARD PLOT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

More foolish fancy from the author of Exit Sherlock Holmes (1977): a team of four amateur Edwardian detectives saves Edward VII from a dastardly conspiracy. The four (who are also the book's rotating narrators): retired bank clerk Henry Munns, now living at 221A Baker Street; young Frederick ""Wiggins"" Wigmore, the actor/bon vivant/amateur sleuth who lives upstairs from Munns in Sherlock's old digs; Munns' uncle Simon Bliss, himself a fantastic amateur sleuth often tapped for aid by Scotland Yard; and orphan Jack Merridew, Bliss' valet and prot‚g‚. These heroes first join forces when a German spy masquerading as a munitions maker murders a scurvy visitor in the library of Simon Bliss' Diogenes Club. Munns introduces Bliss to Wiggins, and the sleuths then pool their intellects to unravel what they find to be a German plot to assassinate Edward. Eventually the team of good guys wangles an invitation to Edward's semiannual grouse shoot at Sandringham, his country estate. And suspicion falls most heavily on the King's new mistress, ravishing French beauty Sophie Bernard. . . . More action than deduction, more hokum than history--for those easily amused by royal frolics and frock-coated capering.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1979
Publisher: McGraw-Hill