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The Murders of Richard III: A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery | [Elizabeth Peters]

The Murders of Richard III: A Jacqueline Kirby Mystery

When attractive American Jacqueline Kirby is invited to an English country mansion for a weekend costume affair, she expects only one mystery. Since the hosts and guests are all fanatic devotees of King Richard III, they hope to clear his name of the 500-year-old accusation that he killed the little princes in the Tower of London. Jacqueline is amused by the group's eccentricities until history begins to repeat itself.
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Publisher's Summary

When attractive American Jacqueline Kirby is invited to an English country mansion for a weekend costume affair, she expects only one mystery. Since the hosts and guests are all fanatic devotees of King Richard III, they hope to clear his name of the 500-year-old accusation that he killed the little princes in the Tower of London.

Jacqueline is amused at the group's eccentricities until history begins to repeat itself. A dangerous practical joker recreates famous 15th-century murder methods: beheading, poisoning, smothering, and even drowning in a butt of malmsey. As the jokes become more and more macabre, one at last proves fatal.

Jacqueline puts all her observations together for a dazzling solution that will surprise even the most attentive listener.

Download another Jacqueline Kirby Mystery.

©1974 Elizabeth Peters; (P)1995 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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"Highly entertaining." (The New York Times)

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    James Kevil, KY, USA 04-20-07
    James Kevil, KY, USA 04-20-07 Member Since 2003
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    "Good for driving"

    The plot is pretty good--you can see partial solutions then another twist comes. I did not think the narration was very good. The speaker was clear, but the characterizations were distracting rather than enhancing. Also, my recording had a number of skips. They were short enough (I think) that they did not affect the story, but they were annoying.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 04-07-09
    Wadie Santa Ana, CA, United States 04-07-09 Member Since 2007
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    "The usual"

    Elisabeth Peters is fun. The lady just can't help it:) This book doesn't have the scholarship of "The Daughter Of Time" but it is hugely enjoyable, as all of Miss Peter's book are.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nanette M. Furman Boulder, Co USA 07-09-12
    Nanette M. Furman Boulder, Co USA 07-09-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Not her best"

    Had forgotten (read this in paper once) that this is a mediocre book character-wise. This is not helped by the fact that something about the reader's tonality sets me a bit on edge. I actually stopped half-way into the book, because instead of being supporting it was aggravating. I regret saying this, but it is true. The data is fascinating, but buried in strange character behavior and dialogue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S MENARD, TX, United States 04-05-11
    S MENARD, TX, United States 04-05-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Fairly entertaining"

    I have listened to all the Egypt novels by Miss Peters, and wanted to enjoy more of her work, so I bought this novel. I found it somewhat complicated, but not as engaging or as humorous as the "Peabody" novels. In fact, the repetition of the arguments about the true history of Richard the Third got rather annoying. There are some interesting plot twists, and some fairly interesting characters, but overall, not nearly as entertaining as the Egyptian series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 01-30-09
    Wende Orlando, FL, USA 01-30-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Enjoyable"

    enjoyable listen, not overly surprising plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Seattle, WA, United States 10-09-13
    Laura Seattle, WA, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Author, Mediocre Narrator"

    Audible needs to get the Barbara Rosenblat version of this book -- she is a wonderful narrator and would make this audiobook so much better. Naked Once More, the last in this series is available with Rosenblat's narration -- you can listen to it and understand what I mean!

    Elizabeth Peters' books are probably my favorite guilty pleasure.

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    Carolyn Canton, OH, United States 05-17-13
    Carolyn Canton, OH, United States 05-17-13
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Really can't comment on the story, I just downloaded for kindle with the audible version for whispersync. Hoping for a little light entertainment this evening--sort of a bedtime story. Very disappointed with narration.


    What was most disappointing about Elizabeth Peters’s story?

    No comment as yet.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Grace Conlin?

    Strident, grating, and annoying. Ruining this as an evening's quiet entertainment. Guess I'll haul out the reading glasses and read myself to sleep. Waste of the extra 3.99.


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    Gael Boulder, CO, United States 01-30-13
    Gael Boulder, CO, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2008
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    "not best J Kirby but love her"
    What made the experience of listening to The Murders of Richard III the most enjoyable?

    Love the character and really wish there were MORE audiobooks from this author and character line


    What other book might you compare The Murders of Richard III to and why?

    Perry


    What three words best describe Grace Conlin’s performance?

    easy to listen to


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philipp Wr. Neustadt, Austria 05-25-07
    Philipp Wr. Neustadt, Austria 05-25-07 Member Since 2003
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    "If you like Peters stay away"

    I you have read/heard other books by E.Peters you will be sorely disappointed.
    While the book itsself is entertaining and maybe even a fun listen, it in now way lives up to the expectations placed upon it by the authors name. For most authors this would be a laudable book; for Peters it's at best an embarassment.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    C. Smith 12-16-07
    C. Smith 12-16-07 Member Since 2002
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    "Not interested"

    Was not interested. Slow and even silly at times - maybe good for the "light mystery" crowd that cannot handle too much excitement.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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