The Murders of Richard III

The Murders of Richard III

Elizabeth Peters / Apr 06, 2020

The Murders of Richard III In a remote English manor house modern admirersof the much maligned King Richard III one of Shakespeare s most extraordinary villains are gathered for a grand weekend of dress up and make believe mur

  • Title: The Murders of Richard III
  • Author: Elizabeth Peters
  • ISBN: 9780060597191
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
  • In a remote English manor house, modern admirersof the much maligned King Richard III one of Shakespeare s most extraordinary villains are gathered for a grand weekend of dress up and make believe murder But the fun ends when the masquerade turns sinisterd deadly Jacqueline Kirby, an American librarian on hand for the festivities, suddenly finds herself in theIn a remote English manor house, modern admirersof the much maligned King Richard III one of Shakespeare s most extraordinary villains are gathered for a grand weekend of dress up and make believe murder But the fun ends when the masquerade turns sinisterd deadly Jacqueline Kirby, an American librarian on hand for the festivities, suddenly finds herself in the center of strange, dark doingsd racing to untangle a murderous puzzle before history repeats itself in exceptionally macabre ways.

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      • Elizabeth Peters

        Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz She also wrote as Barbara Michaels as well as her own name Born and brought up in Illinois, she earned her Ph.D in Egyptology from the University of Chicago Mertz was named Grand Master at the inaugural Anthony Awards in 1986 and Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America at the Edgar Awards in 1998 She lived in a historic farmhouse in Frederick, western Maryland until her death.


    1. Fairly average, predictable and try hard 'English Country House' mystery with a quirky American librarian as the sleuth. The subject matter was not dissimilar to Tey's The Daughter of Time but I'm afraid that's where the comparison ends. However, I did enjoy that this book characterized fanatical Ricardians as complete nutters and I couldn't resist awarding it an extra star for that fact alone ;-).

    2. Murder and mayhem among the Ricardians, c. 1974.I didn't enjoy this as much as the Amelia Peabody mysteries I've read, by the same author, but it was an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in bed when I wasn't feeling well.

    3. I really, really dislike this character Jacqueline the librarian, and am shocked by it, because I enjoy Peters' other two series very much, especially Vicky Bliss. Maybe it's the third person narrative that keeps the reader more an audience than inside the character's head along for the ride. The character has a lot of Amelia Peabody if she were a late 20th-century divorcee with no binding attachments, but it is the binding attachments and a family of characters that allow us to see into the dee [...]

    4. An amusing mystery story about a group of Ricardians with an attractive lady 'detective' given to a dose of sarcasm. You don't have to be a Ricardian to enjoy the story, but being a bit of one myself, this was my main motivation for reading this - and it made me think I should probably take up the old study (last endulged something like ten years ago now) again.The book was written in the 1970s, and it shows. In a positive way in the brevity of the book - ah, the good old times, when bestsellers [...]

    5. This was an OK book I guess, I really didn't like the main characters at all. I especially disliked Jacqueline, I felt she was sort of abrasive, too much so really. I wish I could have gotten into the characters, I like a good mystery and I love British history. I was hoping that, seeing as the information the author had in Richard III was from the early 70's, it would be cool to see what people thought of the king before all of the modern advances. But alas, it was not to be.

    6. I've been a Ricardian sympathizer since I first made my way through Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time—in high school? college? I can no longer remember. Since then, a lifetime spent studying Europe from the 5th to the 19th centuries has given me a healthy appreciation of the willingness that rulers displayed to dispatch even close relatives who threatened their power, but the case against Richard still strikes me as weak. So I am a perfect audience for this updated, at times hilarious, revi [...]

    7. I thought that this would be an interesting light read because it was written in 1974 and the subject matter was very relevant to the present day. I was keen to know how Richard III was perceived retrospectively. We have just found out so much more about his physical appearance and how he was buried and I wanted to compare that to what we knew forty years ago. The story is very light and if you are interested in a beginner's guide to who was who at the court of King Richard then you will enjoy i [...]

    8. Every now and then I need a light, easy read. My preferred genre in that case is mystery. I'm self-limited by a low tolerance for anything gruesome or too violent. I love the old fashioned mysteries like Sherlock Holmes or Lord Peter Whimsy. Elizabeth Peters isn't quite in that league, but her books are clever and enjoyable reads. Her characters stand out as originals, and her plots have elements other than just "crime".This book was fun for me because I just watched a documentary on the exhumat [...]

    9. I had feared there would be too much about the mystery in modern times and not enough about Richard III, but there was enough discussion of the past (and love for the long-dead man) to suit my tastes. As for the more modern goings-on, they were certainly amusing enough to hold my interest. And since there was more than one mystery, while I solved one of them well before the reveal, the other one snuck up on me.Elizabeth Peters is one of my favorite writers, and so far none of her books have disa [...]

    10. Okay, I am hoping that readers can help me. I was really excited to read this as I am a staunch Richardian. However, after the page where the character goes on and on about how Charles II was sexy and didnt care about the paintings about those who were not? Yeah, I just made the decision then not to invest my time.I am not saying that all I read is first rate literature is just that that particular scene turned me off just ever so much.Can anyone tell me that I am wrong and it is worth a read? [...]

    11. This is a Jacqueline Kirby mystery, and I like her even if she is a too-perfect Mary Sue. The book is fun, a drawing room mystery where all the suspects are within one social group, gathered in one house. The group in question are re-enacting the history of Richard III, so the history and theories about the late king are a bonus. This is a quick, easy read.

    12. I didn't like the main characters as much as I did Amelia Peabody and her gang, so I wish I could give this one a 3.5. That, and there needed to be more actual death, rather than the constant 'practical joke' teases. But otherwise highly enjoyable, Christie-esque reading.

    13. Not too exciting of a mystery, but I enjoyed the character of Jacqueline Kirby enough to get through. She certainly stole the show from the stupid, whiny, preposterous protagonist. The rest of the characters are pretty one-dimensional but they are good enough to prop up the plot.

    14. While I loved the Richard III historical references, the plot and characters failed to really grab me in this highly anticipated read. The 3-star rating aptly describes my feelings toward The Murders of Richard III, it was OK.

    15. Grabbed this one because it mentioned Richard III in the titleen a little hooked on that subject since reading Tey's Daughter of Time.This is a good one. Three and a half stars.

    16. Clearly one of her earlier novels. The introduction was slow, and the "who done it" explanation really dragged on. And the plot just wasn't that compelling.

    17. I liked Book 1 better - this was a classic whodunit book and it caused me to do more research on Richard III (I had read in the news recently that they just confirmed finding his remains) but the book itself I did not enjoy nearly as much as the Amelia Peabody series. Jacqueline has a purse filled with all kinds of things, much like Amelia's tool belt, and she is smugly intelligent, and so is Amelia, though Amelia is a bit more subtle, and these are strong female characters in the spirit of wome [...]

    18. A quick read okay mystery.I've read Elizabeth Peters' books beforeis one is so-so. Yes, it contains a great deal of historical fact about the controversy surrounding Richard III, but it didn't reach the level of brilliant writing in the "Daughter of Time"---but then, what other book can? The characters were, for the most part, flat and unlikableI used it as a bit of fluff to give relief from heavier reading. Her more famous series (Amelia Peabody) has better characters, more research, and better [...]

    19. Elizabeth Peters' mysteries are usually amusing confections with a dash of scholarly wish-fulfillment, and this is no exception. Our charming and witty heroine attends an academic conference-cum-historical reenactment at which a wealthy eccentric intends to unveil a piece of historical correspondence that sheds light on the mystery of whether King Richard III was really the vile murderer of his young kinsmen. Hijinks ensue.

    20. The detective, Jacqueline Kirby, is very annoying, but I liked everyone else, and the story was great. This was my first foray into the story of Richard III, and it's fascinating and clearly explained (it's complicated, so this is no minor accomplishment). Peters also has a bit of fun with the murder-mystery weekend trope, which she does well. I won't be reading any more of the Kirby series (ref. my first comment), but would definitely read something from one of her others.

    21. An English house party with a bunch of Richard the Third supporters and the promise of the unveiling of a letter that clears Richard of the murders of the young princes. Of course there is trouble. An excellent read.

    22. I would have liked to give this 2.5 stars, because neither "didn't like it" with two stars, nor "liked it" for three is entirely correct. This book was okay, but is probably the first Elizabeth Peters book I've read [and between the other books written under her own name, and those written as Barbara Michaels, I've read a fair number] that I would not say I loved.The story of the company of Richard III proponents who have a modern society dedicated to clearing the reputation of Richard, whom the [...]

    23. Again I must repeat my gripe that does not allow half star ratings. Because I did enjoy The Murders of Richard the III, It's just that I've enjoyed other books, even stock murder mysteries so very much more. For starters, (and really I suppose this isn't Elizabeth Peters's fault) the back cover synopsis flat out lied to me. Let me quickly recap the basic plot so this makes sense. A group of obsessed Englishmen and women meet at a weekend house party to prove that King Richard III was the victim [...]

    24. Elizabeth Peters was my favorite author (in all her incarnations; i.e. Barbara Michaels) many moons ago. I know I read this book many moons ago, too. When I ran across this on my local library site for ebooks, I thought I'd revisit it again.This was a good read and enjoyable; but surprisingly, a bit dated. I guess over time, the writing style conventions change. It seemed a bit too stilted and contrived. I honestly am still surprised that I feel that way. Barbara Mertz (Elizabeth Peters) was suc [...]

    25. While in the throes of my Princes in the Towers reading binge, a mystery novel by an author I'd never read before, Elizabeth Peters, was recommended to me - The Murders of Richard III. I promptly acquired and read it, and found it to be quite a fun read, if rather on the light side. I gather that Peters has created several series of mysteries featuring different amateur detectives - in this case, the sleuth was the formidable Jacqueline Kirby, reference librarian by trade, which was an immediate [...]

    26. I absolutely love any book by Elizabeth Peters. They always have rich characters that pull you into their world. This book was just like that. You have Jacqueline and Thomas who make a great team and who know how to push each other's buttons. It is hilarious to read of their interactions. By the end of the book you may consider them your good friends.

    27. Liked the historical stuff more than the actual mystery, which didn't end up being all that intriguing. But the history! This is what makes Elizabeth Peters different. This book also takes on a little more significance in view of the fact that Richard III's remains were finally discovered last year under a parking lot in Leicester, England. I'm glad Elizabeth Peters was still alive to hear about that discovery. It was a pretty big deal. Anyway, not being much of a Shakespearean, I didn't know th [...]

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