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Robert Barnard


UK flag (1936 - 2013)

aka Bernard Bastable

Robert Barnard was born in Essex on 23 November, 1936. Educated at the Royal Grammar School in Colchester and at Balliol College, Oxford, taking his Ph.D. from the University of Bergen, Norway, in 1972, he spent many years as a distinguished academic while establishing himself as one of today's most distinguished crime writers. His fascination with the pure detective story is evident in his many novels and short stories, as is his remarkable catholicity of tastes. The Guest of Honour at 1998's Malice Domestic mystery conference, recipient of the CWA's Golden Handcuffs Award, several times nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Barnard maintained he wrote only to entertain. It is hardly fair that a man so gifted as a writer should be equally skilled as a speaker, but so it was. Barnard graced many literary events, delivered many fine lectures, and generously boosted the works of authors he admired.  Nowhere is his talent to deceive better showcased than in his 1991 classic, A Scandal in Belgravia.

Genres: Mystery
 
Series
Idwal Meredith
   Unruly Son (1978)
     aka Death of a Mystery Writer
   At Death's Door (1988)
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Perry Trethowan
   1. Sheer Torture (1981)
     aka Death by Sheer Torture
   2. Death and the Princess (1982)
   3. The Missing Bronte (1983)
     aka The Case of the Missing Bronte
   4. Bodies (1986)
   5. Death in Purple Prose (1987)
     aka The Cherry Blossom Corpse
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Amadeus Mozart (as by Bernard Bastable)
   Dead, Mr. Mozart (1995)
   Too Many Notes, Mr. Mozart (1995)
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Novels
   Death of an Old Goat (1974)
   A Little Local Murder (1976)
   Death on the High C's (1977)
   Blood Brotherhood (1977)
   Posthumous Papers (1979)
     aka Death of a Literary Widow
   Death in a Cold Climate (1980)
   Mother's Boys (1981)
     aka Death of a Perfect Mother
   Little Victims (1983)
     aka School for Murder
   A Corpse in a Gilded Cage (1984)
   Out of the Blackout (1985)
   Fete Fatale (1985)
     aka The Disposal of the Living
   The Skeleton in the Grass (1987)
   A City of Strangers (1990)
   To Die Like a Gentleman (1993) (as by Bernard Bastable)
   The Masters of the House (1994)
   A Mansion and its Murder (1998) (as by Bernard Bastable)
   Touched by the Dead (1999)
     aka A Murder in Mayfair
   The Mistress of Alderley (2000)
   A Cry from the Dark (2003)
   The Graveyard Position (2004)
   Dying Flames (2005)
   Last Post (2008)
   A Stranger in the Family (2010)
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Collections
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Robert Barnard recommends
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Mad About the Boy? (2008)
(Jack Haldean Murder Mystery, book 2)
Dolores Gordon-Smith
"Recaptures the vitality and insouciance of the Golden Age of writers."

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