August 1811. George, Prince of Wales, has his own reasons for welcoming time-traveller Tam Eildor to the Royal Pavilion. His latest mistress, Sarah, Marchioness of Creeve, has been murdered in his bed, strangled with her own string of pearls and the newly-created Prince Regent realises that a sordid scandal must be avoided at all costs. In an assumed role of a Scottish lawyer, sole survivor of a shipwreck off the Brighton coast, Tam must find the killer and thief who has also made off with the historic Stuart Sapphire. When Tam’s life is threatened in a prearranged carriage accident he finds himself coping with a double investigation – but this is the least of his worries.
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Hanging participles, past and present...
No. The reader is ponderous and not very intelligent. The author has a startling ungrammatical mannerism (see review headline), which is a constant irritation. Don't literary editors pick up on such things any more?
He reads too slowly and sounds under-prepared. Several mispronunciations.
Yes. It was set in Brighton, which is why I wanted to read it. I love the place.
People who don't mind clumsy prose would certainly find the plot sufficiently gripping.
- common reader