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3.00043109079033 out of 53.00043109079033 out of 53.00043109079033 out of 53.00043109079033 out of 53.00043109079033 out of 5 3.00 (1,531 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth Peters Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jacqueline Kirby Mysteries Release Date: October 1995 ISBN: 9781455172016
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In a remote English country mansion, modern devotees of the infamous King Richard III, immortally villainized by Shakespeare, have gathered for a grand weekend of role-playing and Ricardian scholarship. Jacqueline Kirby, an attractive American librarian attending the festivities, anticipates only one mystery to be raised: the five-hundred-year-old question of whether Richard truly killed the little princess in the Tower of London.

Jacqueline is amused at the group’s eccentricities—until history begins to repeat itself. A dangerous practical joker recreates famous fifteenth-century murder methods: beheading, poisoning, smothering, and even drowning in a butt of malmsey. As the jokes become more and more macabre, one at last proves fatal.

Racing to untangle the murderous puzzle, Jacqueline puts all her observations together for a dazzling solution that will surprise even the most attentive listener.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Highly entertaining.”

    New York Times

  • “History buffs will enjoy the author’s grasp of the details and suppositions of this medieval period.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shani | 2/18/2014

    " I think I may have read this before, though I did not remember the ending. Love Peters' writing, but like her later works a lot better. This has me inspired to do some re-reading of the Wars of the Roses, though, once I'm safely back out of the Anjevin era. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Holly Booms Walsh | 2/11/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah Cates | 2/7/2014

    " This book was a random choice from my grandmother's library when I was staying with her and I forgot to bring a book. I really loved the author's irreverant writing style. I also love the strong female characters. Great bedtime reading. Once I read this one I became addicted and have read almost all of Elizabeth Peters books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 2/3/2014

    " Not one of E. Peter's better books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avary | 1/22/2014

    " Pretty good story. This is the first of Peters' book I've read that's not about Amelia Peabody in Egypt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jemidar | 1/18/2014

    " 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 ;-). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 1/12/2014

    " Interesting idea: a country-house setting with a disparate group of people dressing up as Richard III and his victims, when nasty jokes begin to take place. Jacqueline is an amusing sleuth, a woman who knows how a literary murder mystery should play out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanette Johnson | 1/3/2014

    " Kirby seems to be Peter's least dimensional character. The plot was ok, but I prefer Bliss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 12/31/2013

    " If you think the real mysteries about Richard the III are interesting you will like this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Donna | 12/29/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 E. Arculus | 12/12/2013

    " Interesting premise, but I don't really like her writing style and found the mystery alternately confusing and contrived. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lance | 12/10/2013

    " I enjoyed the book at the start and then it dragged, and I did not finish "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mailis Viiand | 12/4/2013

    " Agatha Christie style, suspects in country house together mystery. Not as funny as Peabody series or as romantic, but sharp and witty non-the-less. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 12/4/2013

    " this is one of 3 jaqueline kirby mysteries in a book I got at a used bookstore. While it' is interesting as a mystery, the historical stuff doesn't really hold my interest. I really don't care whether Richard III murdered anybody in 1485. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 6/12/2013

    " I'm a huge, avid fan of Barbara Michaels. I haven't read much of her Elizabeth Peters stuff yet. This one was great fun as the group is inside a castle rich with mystery, wondering about who did what, suspecting everyone and exploring every hidden corner with extra caution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 4/15/2013

    " I couldn't keep track of all the names, but Jacqueline Kirby is my new literary librarian hero. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Madeline | 11/13/2012

    " One of the best that Peters has written. I loved it. The theorizing and role-playing of the ancient tradegy by the characters is a lot of fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melissa | 10/28/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sallie | 9/23/2012

    " The first of Peter's non-Amelia Peabody mysteries I've read, and I plan to look for others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 9/7/2012

    " This was only okay. It may have been the distractions I endured while reading, because I expected to thoroughly enjoy it. I couldn't get excited about the plot or the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 6/27/2012

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy | 1/22/2012

    " I don't usually like story collections but I thought the title story was very clever. I also enjoyed the author explaining her inspiration for that particular tale. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilie[-MLE-] | 10/12/2011

    " pretty good . . . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 9/26/2011

    " A bit of fluff...I do love Elizabeth Peters but enjoy her character Amelia Peabody more than Ms. Kirby. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 8/28/2011

    " I enjoy Jacqueline as a heroine. She's annoying sometimes, since she's always right, but given the time period (70s) it's fun seeing her always right against both subtle and not-so-sublte forms of sexism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 5/5/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Avary | 5/2/2011

    " Pretty good story. This is the first of Peters' book I've read that's not about Amelia Peabody in Egypt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 4/22/2011

    " Even better in 2010 than the first time I read it in 1995. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shani | 3/12/2011

    " I think I may have read this before, though I did not remember the ending. Love Peters' writing, but like her later works a lot better. This has me inspired to do some re-reading of the Wars of the Roses, though, once I'm safely back out of the Anjevin era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 3/6/2011

    " Reread this mysterious and humorous story about a middle aged librarian and friend visiting a group in England who work for King Richard's innocence in the murder of his nephews. There are numerous twists and turns and characters with exceptionally portrayed personalities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lara | 2/22/2011

    " Interesting idea: a country-house setting with a disparate group of people dressing up as Richard III and his victims, when nasty jokes begin to take place. Jacqueline is an amusing sleuth, a woman who knows how a literary murder mystery should play out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heidi | 1/13/2011

    " If you think the real mysteries about Richard the III are interesting you will like this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mailis | 8/15/2010

    " Agatha Christie style, suspects in country house together mystery. Not as funny as Peabody series or as romantic, but sharp and witty non-the-less. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jane | 7/15/2010

    " This was definitely not as good as The Daughter of Time. I think this mystery novel was dated. There was much talk of women being not in their place etc. etc. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 7/10/2010

    " what fun. recommended for light pleasant reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laurie | 6/19/2010

    " Not one of E. Peter's better books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catherine | 5/31/2010

    " I couldn't keep track of all the names, but Jacqueline Kirby is my new literary librarian hero. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mom | 12/9/2009

    " this is one of 3 jaqueline kirby mysteries in a book I got at a used bookstore. While it' is interesting as a mystery, the historical stuff doesn't really hold my interest. I really don't care whether Richard III murdered anybody in 1485. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sallie | 11/17/2009

    " The first of Peter's non-Amelia Peabody mysteries I've read, and I plan to look for others. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth Peters

Elizabeth Peters (1927–2013) was born and brought up in Illinois. She earned her PhD in Egyptology from the University of Chicago’s famed Oriental Institute and went on to become a New York Times bestselling author whose novels were often set against historical backdrops. Peters 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 also wrote books under the names Barbara Mertz and Barbara Michaels.

About the Narrator

Grace Conlin (1962–1997) was the recording name of Grainne Cassidy, an award-winning actress and acclaimed narrator. She was a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and won a Helen Hayes Award in 1988 for her role in Woolly Mammoth’s production of Savage in Limbo.