Bertie and the Tin Man

Bertie and the Tin Man It is and the greatest of all jockeys Fred Archer has put his gun to his head and shot himself An inquest is arranged with indecent haste His mind was unhinged by typhoid say the jury despite

  • Title: Bertie and the Tin Man
  • Author: Peter Lovesey Terrence Hardiman
  • ISBN: 9781531875923
  • Page: 468
  • Format: Audio CD
  • It is 1886 and the greatest of all jockeys, Fred Archer, has put his gun to his head and shot himself An inquest is arranged with indecent haste His mind was unhinged by typhoid, say the jury, despite conflicting evidence.The Prince is suspicious He admired Archer He knows the Turf better than anyone on that jury and he has personal experience of typhoid When he learnIt is 1886 and the greatest of all jockeys, Fred Archer, has put his gun to his head and shot himself An inquest is arranged with indecent haste His mind was unhinged by typhoid, say the jury, despite conflicting evidence.The Prince is suspicious He admired Archer He knows the Turf better than anyone on that jury and he has personal experience of typhoid When he learns that Archer s last words were, Are they coming he decides on action He will turn his unique talents to solving the mystery and tell us in his inimitable fashion how he does it.

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  • Peter Lovesey Terrence Hardiman

    Peter Harmer Lovesey born 1936 in Whitton, Middlesex is a British writer of historical and contemporary crime novels and short stories His best known series characters are Sergeant Cribb, a Victorian era police detective based in London, and Peter Diamond, a modern day police detective in Bath Lovesey s novels and stories mainly fall into the category of entertaining puzzlers in the Golden Age tradition of mystery writing.Most of Peter Lovesey s writing has been done under his own name However, he did write three novels under the pen name Peter Lear.Lovesey s novels and short stories have won him a number of awards, including both the Gold and Silver Daggers of the Crime Writers Association, of which he was chairman in 1991 92 In 2000, he received the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in crime writing.Peter Lovesey lives near Chichester His son Phil Lovesey also writes crime novels.


  • Peter Lovesey is best known for his Peter Diamond series, but I am delighted that this mystery novel has now been re-released. Bertie and the Tinman is the first of three novels featuring the future King Edward VII, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, as the hero. First published in 1987, this book is followed by Bertie and the Seven Bodies and Bertie And The Crime Of Passion.Set in 1886, this novel begins with the Tinman, jockey Fred Archer, committing suicide. Bertie, the Prince of Wales, is a gre [...]

  • Great historical research, great characterI wasn't so hot on the plot, which was serviceable but not inspired. It wasn't so much that I called the twist early (ehhh) but that the plot twist force some of the chapters to move very slowly, as in, "The fact that nothing much happened here is important, butat meant that nothing much happened," happened several times. The excellently flawed Bertie made up for that, mostly.

  • I kind of like the main character, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (who would go on to become Edward VII), fondly known to his friends & family as Bertie. He has a very tongue-in-cheek way of sharing a story, and I give some kudos to Mr. Lovesey for using him as a fictional character.The story is based on the real-life death of one Frederick Archer, probably the most famous & most successful jockey during the time of Queen Victoria up until his death at age 29. In real life, of course, th [...]

  • Little dissappointed in a book on the top 100 crime novels, Lovesey has written better than this. Bertie doesn't solve the crime so much as blunder into the correct answer, plus it's hard to believe he'd be able to run around the country without people in tow, though maybe the royal family could do that 125 years ago.What is fun is the way that Bertie sees himself, handsome, young and of superior intellect, not the way in which the rest of the country seems to regard him.

  • 3.5 I read the first few Loveseys many years ago (not sure why I stopped probably a combination of distraction by other newly-found authors and lack of sustained interest in the Victorian setting) and at some point must have also picked up this first of his next series, in which Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (future Edward VII), fancies himself a detective. If you can put up with the narcissism and callousness of a philandering aristocrat, it's really quite well done – told in first person, d [...]

  • Ok, understand, while the mystery itself was good, what I really liked was his writing in the style of Victorian England. It gave me a real sense of what life was like back then both for the wealthy (read royal) and the common folk. All in all, not the best mystery I've read, but a very enjoyable, quick read nonetheless. It definitely takes you to another time and place, and Bertie is a hoot!

  • Enjoyable mystery' light and breezy with sufficient violence to avoid being a cozy , a fun plot, a hint of the supernatural and period color

  • Lovesey may be best known for his Victorian era Inspector Thackeray and Sergeant Cribb series, which had a brief run on PBS' Mystery show, and his modern setting Peter Diamond mysteries. I confess a weakness for his 'Bertie, Prince of Wales' trilogy, Bertie and the Tinman, Bertie and the Seven Bodies and Bertie and the Crime of Passion. the 'Bertie' trilogy purports to be memoirs of Victoria's son, Edward Albert, set down while his mother was still alive but put away in a safety deposit box unti [...]

  • After experiencing the late 1800s in France (with Murder on the Eiffel Tower), I hopped across the Channel to follow along with Albert Edward "Bertie", Prince of Wales and later Edward VII, on his detective adventures.The story is told by Bertie himself and chronicles his investigation of the death of noted jockey Fred Archer, who was proclaimed to have committed suicide while unhinged by typhoid fever. Bertie, however, is not convinced that this is the truth, especially because he has had perso [...]

  • I listened to the audio version of this book, which is a historical mystery told in the first person by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (aka "Bertie") set in (obviously) Victorian England. The reading was perfect, with the narrator imparting that posh, snobby accent and the upper class 'tone' that was likely very accurate for the time. The author didn't try to gloss over Bertie's flaws but admitted to them freely, although mostly just alluding to his naughtiness rather than going into graphic det [...]

  • This one was okay. I really liked the historical aspect and the premise (the king in waiting bumbling around secretly sleuthing), but the story itself was just okay. I hate books on horse racing so I figure that probably had a lot to do with my overall enjoyment but I will give the second book in this series a try. I did find the characters quite hilarious, especially Bertie and his not so discreet indiscretions.

  • Bertie isn't convinced by the apparent suicide of champion jockey Fred Archer, aka The Tinman. He decides to turn detective to uncover the truth of the matter. He's not the world's greatest detective so it's fortunate that he has his day job to fall back on as The Prince of Wales, later to be Edward VII.Bertie doesn't quite replace Peter Diamond as my favourite detective but this was a very entertaining read.

  • This is a fun little mystery, featuring several "characters" (real people) that I'd met for the first time earlier this year in The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: the Whitechapel Horrors. Sir Charles Warren, Sir Frances Knollys, and Bertie himself, at least in the aspect of his being "Bertie," his real, personal self, and not as a public figure. He makes a delightfully un-self-aware narrator. I will look for the other two books about Bertie.

  • the Bertie in the title refers to Prince Albert, the Prince of Wales. A fun take on historic mysteries, this Bertie reminds me very much of Bertie Wooster of Wodehouse fame. Both have rather inflated views of their capabilities & both authors poke much fun at their hapless attempts to solve problems.Read Wodehouse first, all of him, but then this Bertie is a pleasant enough fellow to while away an afternoon with.

  • Royals turn detective-- and make a better job of solving murders than championing the monarchy! Scapegrace, middle-aged, forever Crown Prince Albert dodges Queen Victoria and his wife, to pursue the killer of a "suicide" jockey. Disguises and the highs and lows of London society add to the fun-- and Bertie's narrative voice is a treat too.

  • It was entertaining to hear the voice of Price Albert--very well done, with lots of fun background and laughable Victorian sensibilities. I liked that he was short and 'well-padded' as a 'hero'--it was exactly what the NYTBR called it: "A delightful romp."

  • i loved this book!!! It is told by Bertie the Prince of Wales as if he is relating how he (the amateur detective) solved a crime. It is a fun sometimes humorous story, a quick read and highly entertaining.

  • Fairly interesting but not fantastic. The interest comes from the unusual narrator/detective - Bertie, Prince of Wales, later to be Edward VII (I believe). The mystery itself, however, seemed a bit pedestrian by Lovesey's standards. I'll stick to his Cribb series.

  • Bertie, Prince of Wales sets out to expose a mysterious horse-racing death. A lively tale told with Peter Lovesey's trademark wit.

  • I am not a huge fan of the "Take a Famous Historical/Fictional Character and Make Them an Amateur Detective" genre, but this was a little bit of Victorian era history, and diverting enough.

  • I liked this Price Edward detective series set in 1886 better than the Peter Diamond books. I'll try another of these.

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