Bertie And The Crime Of Passion

Peter Lovesey - Bertie And The Crime Of Passion


A Bertie, Prince of Wales, mystery

“1891, the year I saved the Sûreté from obloquy.”

Bertie is in Paris, a city which holds many attractions for him, not least the actress Sarah Bernhardt. It is the divine Sarah who informs him of a recent murder on the dance floor of the Moulin Rouge as the cabaret reached its climax. Bertie can never resist demonstrating his sleuthing skills and he rashly co-opts Bernhardt as his assistant.

When the French police make an arrest, Bertie is on the point of quitting paris and abandoning the case. Prompted by Sarah, he discovers new clues and saves an innocent man from the guillotine.

UK Publisher: Little, Brown, 1993 ISBN: 0-316-90685-9
US Publisher: Mysterious Press, 1995 ISBN: 0-89296-550-9
UK Paperback: Warner Futura, 1994 ISBN: 0-7515-0943-4
US Paperback: Mysterious Press, 1995 ISBN: 0-446-40368-7

“Lovesey regally blends the beastly and the blithe in a crafty period delight.”
John Coleman, The Sunday Times

“A lively evocation of fin de siècle Paris, a lightly ironic tone and some tidy plotting add up to another easy-to-take confection from this reliable British author.”
Publishers Weekly

“The incorrigible Bertie teams up with the divine Sarah Bernhardt for this high-spirited adventure, which takes place in the risqué society of bohemian Paris during the 1890s … What a delight to share in his education.”
Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review