Summary

It is 1886 and the greatest of all jockeys, Fred Archer, has put his gun to his head and shot himself. An inquest is arranged with indecent haste. His mind was unhinged by typhoid, say the jury, despite conflicting evidence.
The Prince is suspicious. He admired Archer. He knows the Turf better than anyone on that jury and he has personal experience of typhoid. When he learns that Archer’s last words were, ‘Are they coming?’ he decides on action. He will turn his unique talents to solving the mystery and tell us in his inimitable fashion how he does it.
©1987 Peter Lovesey Limited (P)2014 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kirstine on 28-09-13

Imaginative and entertaining

This book is a departure for the author from his modern detective novels, such as the Peter Diamond series. I thought I'd give it a try and greatly enjoyed this story mixing real people and events with imaginative fiction in which the Prince of Wales, prior to becoming Edward the Seventh, investigates the suicide of a champion jockey. The book is pacey, at times humorous with well-drawn characters and excellently performed by the narrator. It made a nice change from some of the gritty modern detective novels I've read recently.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Ms Lixie on 14-01-14

Ridiculous but Engaging

If you could sum up Bertie and the Tin Man in three words, what would they be?

Ridiculous, engaging, cosy.

If you’ve listened to books by Peter Lovesey before, how does this one compare?

I have read a few of his Cribbs books and you wouldn't be suprised to know this is the same author but the characters in these are quite different.

Any additional comments?

The whole plot is absurd. The Prince of Wales goes around either sleeping or drinking with the cast. Lots of shady horse riding shinnanigans going on. Talking parrots, vaudeville, dressing as a commoner dontcherknow. I kept asking myself why I was listening to it but in the end it was all catchy, harmless fun. Classic cosy mystery.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Laurie on 01-12-11

Not thrilled with this one

I guessed the villain in this one early on...too early on because then I had to finish listening. Loved the narration by Terrence Hardiman, but found it difficult to listen to the Prince of Wales was poetic about being a detective and how hard his life as a prince is.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Lynnette B. Crocker on 29-11-11

Love it!

This was a very good book. And I loved the narrator's accent. The book was a mystery that kept me guessing "who-done-it" all the way through. It's a bit slow at the beginning but it definitely picks up afterward.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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