Death of A Chancellor

Death of A Chancellor

A Murder Mystery Featuring Lord Francis Powerscourt

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
The death of the Chancellor a few weeks before the one thousanth anniversary of Christian worship at a famous cathedral prompts an investigation by Lord Francis Powerscourt that reveals the man to be one of the richest people in England and introduces motive for his sisters to kill him, in a mystery set against the backdrop of turn-of-the-century England.

Perseus Publishing
England, 1901: Beautiful Compton Cathedral in the west of England is preparing for a special anniversary to celebrate one thousand years of Christian worship. But a few weeks before the ceremonies are due to take place, the Chancellor, a high official of the cathedral, dies in mysterious circumstances. Only a doctor and the undertaker are allowed to view the corpse. It soon transpires that the Chancellor was one of the richest men in England, and his sister suspects foul play; so that discreet and well-bred investigator Lord Francis Powerscourt is asked to step in. As Powerscourt paces the ancient cloisters and listen to evensong, he begins to suspect that a terrible secret lies hidden in the cathedral, and it might have something to do with the anniversary. Then there is a dreadful incident—the dead body of one of the choristers is discovered turning on the great spit in the Vicars Hall kitchen. Both Powerscourt and his wife Lady Lucy will find their lives at risk before he uncovers the astonishing secret of Compton Minster and unmasks a brutal killer. With narrative skill and a real understanding of the period, David Dickinson takes us into a past that becomes vividly alive.


Blackwell North Amer
England, 1901, and the cathedral in the town of Compton in the west of England is preparing to celebrate a very special anniversary - 1,000 years of Christian worship. But a few weeks before the main ceremonies at Easter, the chancellor, a high official of the cathedral, dies in mysterious circumstances and no one, except the doctor and the undertaker, is allowed to view the corpse. It soon transpires the chancellor was one of the richest men in England. His sister suspects foul play and Lord Francis Powerscourt is asked to investigate.
As Powerscourt paces the ancient cloisters and listens to evensong from the choir stalls, he begins to suspect that a terrible secret lies hidden in the cathedral, possibly a secret which has something to do with the anniversary. Then there is another death; one of the choristers is strangled and his body found turning on the great spit in the Vicars Hall kitchen.
Powerscourt himself escapes death by a whisker and his wife Lady Lucy is nearly drowned before he uncovers the astonishing secret of Compton Minster and unmasks the murderer responsible for the death of a chancellor.

Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2005
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
ISBN: 9780786714926
0786714921
Characteristics: 313 p. ; 23 cm

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