Riot Most Uncouth

Riot Most Uncouth

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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Daniel Friedman departs from his critically acclaimed Buck Schatz series in this funny and bawdy mystery featuring Lord Byron as the sleuth.The year is 1807, and Byron is living large as a student at Trinity College in Cambridge, England. He has successfully skirted the college's rule against keeping dogs in the dorm by rooming with a rather large bear named "the Professor." When a young woman is found murdered in a local boarding house, Byron can't pass up the opportunity to prove his immeasurable genius by solving the case. In a time where there are no police investigators, only expensive private eyes, it's up to Byron to bring her killer to justice while finding time for his normal pursuits of excessive drinking, bedding married women, and generally causing trouble wherever he goes. This is a serio-comic mystery by an enormously talented young writer that combines social satire and a brilliant detective plot.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250027597
Branch Call Number: X
Characteristics: 296 pages ; 22 cm


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Jul 17, 2016

It has been a number of years since I laughed at a book the way I did this one. I read excerpts aloud to my husband and sent them to friends of a similar taste. Byron's absurdity is offset by chapters delving into his history that ground the story and give all the bizarre antics a sad relevance. The pacing, twists, and characters were all very satisfying.


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