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Author Barnard's Book
A Cry from the Dark
Scribner, Feb 2004, 24.00, 288 pp. ISBN 0743253450 She is a famous well respected author living in the heart of London but her roots are in the Outback of Australia in a small town called Bundaroo. She grew up there in between the two World Wars and even at sixteen her teachers and other adults in the community knew she was meant for the outside world. At her high school graduation, something horrific happened to Bettina Whitelaw and all she wa...
Bones In The Attic
Scribner, April 2002, 23.00, 272 pp. ISBN 0684873796 Matt Harper is a minor celebrity in England because of his past professional soccer playing and his present day work as a media sports commentator. While his significant other is in South Africa taking care of her ailing husband, Matt is nurturing and watching over her three children. In fact, the four of them plan to move into Elderholm and decorate much of it before Aileen returns. ...
Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori
Robert Barnard gives us yet another of his exciting mysteries! In “The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori,” a restaurant worker discovered a body in the boot of his car! Inspector Charlie Peace is called in and,with the help of his Detective Supt. Mike Oddie, begins to unravel a mystery that is more than food for thought! The body is identified as young Irishman Declan O'Hearn, who had accepted employed in a local “artists' colony.” With the usual Bernar...
Death and the Chaste Apprentice
Once more, Robert Barnard brings to center stage his wit and clever plot lines. In “Death and the Chaste Apprentice” he is right on form and, as usual, a delight to read. Set at the Ketterick fine arts festival in London, the scene is quickly set: a murder most horrid! Everybody is suspect yet all have perfect alibies--after all, the death--a knife in the back!--occurrred while “The Chaste Apprentice” was being presented! Des Capper is...
Skeleton in the Grass
The impending war (WWII) is not the only thing on the minds of the people of this pastoral English village. Sarah Causley has just assumed the duties as governess at Hallam House (it's 1936). All seem so laid-back and peaceful. That is, until the viciousness of the community comes out, directed at the Hallams. On top of that, the malice has turned to murder, when a corpse (and a skeleton) is left upon the pristine lawns of Hallam House. Robert Bar...
The Mistress of Alderly
Scribner, April 2002, 2.00, 288ppp. ISBN:0743236882 Former renowned actress Caroline Fawley enjoys her life as a kept woman living in Marsham Village with two of her three children. Caroline enjoys the weekend visits of her married lover Marius Fleetwood, who pays her bills including residing at the luxurious Alderley Mansion. Accompanied by Marius, Caroline attends her oldest daughter Olivia's opera performance. Marius sneaks away as he usu...
Cosmo Horrocks is the most repulsive journalist on earth. His two main ambitions are to make life miserable for everyone around him and to have a big story that makes it to the London tabloids. When he gets wind of the investigation of a local Catholic priest who is being investigated for an improper relationship with a young woman and questionable handling of funds, he thinks he has hit the jackpot. Instead the story lead to murder and the revelation ...
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