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Titre : The Mistress of Alderley
Éditeur : New York: Scribners
Date d'édition : 2002
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : As New
Etat de la jaquette : As New
Signé : Signed by Author
Edition : First Edition, First Printing.
Signed by the author on the title page, not on a tipped-in sheet or bookplate. No inscriptions, personalizations, or remainder marks. N° de réf. du libraire 138-11
Synopsis : Robert Barnard, one of the great contemporary masters of classic mystery, returns with a brilliant new tale of passion and deception.
Well-known actress Caroline Fawley has given up a successful stage and television career for love and life in the country. International business titan Marius Fleetwood can't marry her. He already has a wife, though he claims they are "just friends." But Marius has done something very special for Caroline: he has "bought" her Alderley, an elegant country home. If he should die, he's arranged to leave her enough money to maintain the extensive house and gardens.
Of course, some inquisitive villagers would be happier if Caroline and Marius were respectably wed. People in small towns know all, and they "will" talk, especially about a glamorous actress. Caroline's adolescent children, Stella and Alexander, seem to accept Marius's weekend visits without distress. And older daughter Olivia, an opera singer on the rise, is too involved in her own career and romantic intrigues to express much interest in her mother's personal life.
Caroline is happy and the world is good. Until one day when Caroline's life begins to fall apart. First, a mysterious young man backpacking his way through the countryside arrives at the door. He says his name is Peter Bagshaw, but Caroline sees instantly that he must be related to Marius; perhaps he's even his son.
What else has Marius hidden from Caroline? Who is this man, Marius Fleetwood? Is everything about him a lie?
When a murder occurs, detectives Mike Oddie and Charlie Peace must probe the lives of numerous suspects who had good reason to kill. As always in a Barnard mystery, the fun is in the details, the characters, the twists. With big houses, wealth, opera, and obsessive devotion as some of his ingredients, Robert Barnard gives us a witty, richly nuanced novel worthy of the crime-writing star that he is.
A propos de l'auteur: Robert Barnard's most recent novel is The Bones in the Attic. His other books include A Murder in Mayfair, The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori, No Place of Safety, The Bad Samaritan, The Masters of the House, A Scandal in Belgravia, and Out of the Blackout. Winner of the 2003 Cartier Diamond Dagger, Britain's most prestigious mystery accolade, as well as the Nero Wolfe, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Awards, the eight-time Edgar nominee is a member of Britain's Detection Club. He lives with his wife, Louise, and with pets Jingle and Durdles in Leeds, England.
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