Sweet Poison, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


It is August 1935 and the Duke of Mersham is hosting one of his influential parties, bringing together public figures interested in improving Anglo-German relations.

One of his guests is General Sir Alistair Craig VC, who swallows poison in the duke's excellent port and dies just as latecomer Lord Edward Corinth and journalist Verity Browne arrive on the scene.

The unlikely pair - the younger son of a duke and a journalist committed to the Communist Party find common ground as they seek for the truth behind the genera's murder and discover that everyone present - including the duke himself - had a motive for wanting Sir Alistair out of the way.

First published in hardback in 2000, this classic detective story introducing Lord Edward Corinth and Verity Browne was much acclaimed.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781841194028

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Lord Edward Corinth is travelling to his brother's castle to attend a dinner and is running late when he has a car accident. Verity Browne gives him as lift as she's travelling the same direction. Little does he know that she's travelling to the castle to expose the corrupt decadent upper class for the communist paper she works for. When one of the guests dies the question is who did it and what's their motive. The two of them join forces to solve the mystery in their own way as the police are only looking at the obvious solution.A fun romp that reminds me of mysteries written in that period. I'll be looking for the sequels.

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This mystery, first of a series set in the 1930s and featuring an "odd couple", one of whom is an aristocrat and the other a middle-class communist, struck me as rather clunky in style (the early parts in particular spend too long in explaining explicitly what many readers will know already) and the puzzle itself is by no means outstanding. However, the later part of the book does improve somewhat, and I will probably read the later books in the series at some point.

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Kind of negligible. The author has read Sayers. Lord Edward has a nice fast car and talks about sleuthing, has an older brother who is a duke and so forth. There are some differences between Lord Edward and Lord Peter and between Verity Brown and Harriet Vane, otherwise this would be a pastiche. But the writing is pedestrian, albeit competent, and the milieu is not evoked convincingly.

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