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ISBN: 0786714921
Author: David Dickinson
Language: English
Publisher: Carroll & Graf (January 4, 2005)
Pages: 288
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.8
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But a few weeks before the ceremonies are due to take place, the Chancellor, a high official of the cathedral, dies in mysterious circumstances.

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Death of a Chancellor book When his sister suspects foul play, Lord Francis Powerscourt is asked to investigate.

Death of a Chancellor book. A case of murder in the cathedral Compton Minster is preparing to celebrate a very special anniversary in the year 1901 - a thousand years of Christian worship. But a few weeks before the main ceremonies, a high official of the cathedral, the chancellor, dies in mysterious circumstances, and no on except the doctor and the undertaker is allowed to view the corpse. When his sister suspects foul play, Lord Francis Powerscourt is asked to investigate.

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Death of a Chancellor. David Dickinson. Death of a Chancellor. When she married Lord Francis Powerscourt some eight years before, he had left his career in Army Intelligence and become one of the foremost investigators in Britain, solving mysteries and murders that once went right into the heart of the Royal Household itself. Neither she, nor indeed he, had ever imagined that he would be recalled to the colours and sent to the other side of the world to help in a grubby and difficult war.

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DEATH OF A CHANCELLOR (Hist Mys-Lord Francis 1901/Gaslight) - Ex Dickinson, DavidĀ .

DEATH OF A CHANCELLOR (Hist Mys-Lord Francis 1901/Gaslight) - Ex Dickinson, David - 4th in series Constable & Robinson, Lt. 2005, UK Hardcover - ISBN: 1841197785. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 14 years ago. Perhaps the most perplexing of David Dickinson's Lord Francis Powerscourt mystery novels to date, "Death of a Chancellor" proved to be an absorbing read in spite of its sedate pacing.

Lord Francis Powerscourt is a fictional Victorian-Edwardian detective who has appeared in fifteen novels by the author David Dickinson. Powerscourt is descended from Irish aristocracy, his ancestral home is Powerscourt House in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is not clear whether he is properly Lord Powerscourt, . a peer in his own right, or Lord Francis Powerscourt, . the younger son of a high-ranking peer. A Murder Mystery Featuring Lord Francis Powerscourt. Published December 31, 2004 by Carroll & Graf Publishers.

Five days later Lord Francis Powerscourt was sitting in the nave of Compton Cathedral, waiting for the funeral service of John Eustace to begin. The ancient bells, high up in the great tower, were tolling very slowly for one of their own. Powerscourt had arrived at Fairfield Park as a guest of the family, an old family friend from London come down to help Mrs Cockburn through the ordeal of the funeral and the revelation of the will. So far Powerscourt had asked no questions. He had chatted inconsequentially with the servants

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.

Comments:

Windworker
Having saved the monarchy from scandal in Goodnight Sweet Prince the Prime Minister in Death and the Jubilee (The Lord Francis Powerscourt) and the Bank of England in Death of an Old Master, Lord Francis Powerscourt is again pressed into service, this time on behalf of the Church of England. While I remain a fan of Dickenson's characters and writing, this installment was lackluster.

Originally hired to investigate a contested will (his employer a bitter, shrewish woman), Powerscourt is soon investigating a larger plot that could shake England to its roots, and which becomes much broader and sinister than the story progresses. The issue I take with _Death of a Chancellor_ is its unevenness. The horrible woman who initially brings Powerscourt to a small village in west England disappears mid-way through the story (she conviently takes a vacation to Italy, essentially writing her out of the book), never to be heard from again. In the meantime, Powercourt brings his wife and children to the village while he investigates. A sub-plot involving necessecary characters to help provide exposition (and perhaps ease the tension) only added to the fluctations in the relating of the story.

The idea of the story (I'm afraid I have to be vauge, lest there be spoilers - figuring out how parts of the plot interrelate is much of what the mystery is about) is clever, and the interrelationships between Johnny Fitzgerald (a long friend and former military associate of Powrescourt) and Lord and Lady Powerscourt is always entertaining to read, which saves the book from a lower rating. While I remain a fan of the series (and will continue to follow the adventures of the Powerscourts), _Death of a Chancellor_ isn't as strong as the previous books.
Anasius
Ridiculous, slow moving plot that should merit the book being defined as fantasy instead of mystery.
Utchanat
Really enjoyed it -love this series
Burirus
Lots of information about the Anglican Church hierarchy slows the pace of this good entry in this series. Johnny Fitzgerald would work just as well as a sidekick without having a bottle in his hand. The fictional cathedral and Anglican/Catholic conflict that provides the location and raison d'etre for this plot are essential but somewhat over detailed.
Hilarious Kangaroo
First Sentence: There was just one figure on the deck of the ship at four o'clock in the morning.

The Chancellor of the Cathedral at Compton has been found dead in his chamber by his servant. Together with the doctor and undertaker, they arrange for no one else to see the body. Upon discovering her brother was one of the richest men in England, The Chancellor's sister, married to a wastrel, hires Powerscourt to find out how her brother died and, if murdered, find the killer. After another death, Powerscourt comes to suspect the motives are very different than anything he's dealt with before.

Dickinson opened with an excellent opening that drew me into the story and the characters. He has a unique voice with almost a lightness to it that indicates just how much he enjoys his characters and writing his books.

I love his characters; Powerscourt, whom the author allows occasional mental flights of fancy and wonderful wry humor; Johnnie Fitzgerald, the Irishman who loves wine and bird watching; William McKenzie, the tea-totaling Protestant Scotsman who can follow a suspect for days, and Powerscourt's beloved wife, Lucy. His secondary characters are equally strong, particularly Patrick and Anne.

The historical information may set me running to the internet, but I always Dickinson's research holds true. I appreciated the important, but concise, definitions of the various roles of the church figures, the information on the Reformation and the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1538 and learning the difference between the ritualists and the Evangelicals in the Anglican Church at this time. I do caution that Catholics will probably not like this book.

The plot was excellent and built bit-by-bit; body-by-body. There is a very good balance of anticipation and horror and the revelations along with an excellent segment on the motives of murder. The ending was well done, particularly the thoughts and feelings Powerscourt had toward the killer.

While someone commented on there being anachronisms, I did not notice them. What I did notice was a very strong sense of time and place. This was an excellent book in a series which has become a favorite of mine and one highly recommend.

DEATH OF A CHANCELLOR (Hist Mys-Lord Francis Powerscourt-England-1901/Gaslight) - Ex
Dickinson, David - 4th in series
Constable & Robinson, Ltd., 2005, UK Hardcover - ISBN: 1841197785

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