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Book Title: A Charitable Body|
Date of issue: January 3rd 2012
ISBN 13: 9781439177433
The author of the book: Robert Barnard
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 14.65 MB
Read full description of the books A Charitable Body:Robert Barnard, the internationally acclaimed Diamond Daggerâ€“winning crime writer, dissects family bonds at their best and worst in this stunning novel of suspense.
What an honorâ€”to become trustee of an English stately home museum. Yorkshire Detective Inspector Charlie Peaceâ€™s wife, Felicity, is initially thrilled when sheâ€™s asked to join the board that oversees Walbrook Manor, an eighteenth-century mansion thatâ€™s now part of a charitable trust. Sheâ€™s in for some surprises.
With its shabby salons and drafty hallways, Walbrook shows signs of the financial burden it caused its recent owners, members of the related Quarles and Fiennes families, known more for feuds than for affectionate familial ties. They are known also for shadowy intrigues, great and small, some of which may emerge now that Walbrook and its archives are open to the public. The revelations could be devastating . . . and dangerous.
Rupert Fiennes and Sir Stafford Quarles represent two lines of Walbrookâ€™s lords of the manor. Rupert seems relieved to have relinquished the estate to charitable hands, while Sir Stafford clings with perhaps unseemly pride to his position as chairman of the Walbrook Manor Trust Board. A tentative peace reigns, but when the wreck of a car and the remains of a body turn up in a nearby lake, it soon becomes clear that one of Walbrookâ€™s grimmest secrets may date to the years between the two world wars and may involve something much worse than mere malice.
With police resources focused on more timely cases, Charlie and Felicity are left to discover that old sins are never forgotten, that â€œfamilyâ€ means more than a slot on the ancestral tree, and that sometimes there can be a good reason for murder.
Suspenseful, witty, and, as always, superbly insight-ful, A Charitable Body shows acclaimed master of mystery Robert Barnard at his clever best.
Read information about the authorAka Bernard Bastable.
Robert Barnard (born 23 November 1936) is an English crime writer, critic and lecturer.
Born in Essex, Barnard was educated at the Royal Grammar School in Colchester and at Balliol College in Oxford. His first crime novel, A Little Local Murder, was published in 1976. The novel was written while he was a lecturer at University of Tromsø in Norway. He has gone on to write more than 40 other books and numerous short stories.
Barnard has said that his favourite crime writer is Agatha Christie. In 1980 he published a critique of her work titled A Talent to Deceive: An Appreciation of Agatha Christie.
Barnard was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2003 by the Crime Writers Association for a lifetime of achievement.
Under the pseudonym Bernard Bastable, Robert Barnard has published one standalone novel and three alternate history books starring Wolfgang Mozart as a detective, he having survived to old age.
Barnard lived with his wife Louise in Yorkshire.
* Perry Trethowan
* Charlie Peace
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