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A City Of Strangers

Barnard, Robert
The awful Phelan family is moving up in the world. Good story.

VOCABULARY FOR TODAY:

Parturition

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7/2000

A Cry From The Dark

Barnard, Robert
Bettina is writing her memoirs about her life as young girl in rural Australia. A fairly calm story with a surprising, sad, ending.

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5/2004

A Fall From Grace

Barnard, Robert
Charlie Peace moves to a small town with his family (including Little Fetus) and father-in-law, who is installed in a bungalow NEAR, but not too near, Charlie's new house. I enjoy reading Mr. Barnard's books very much. His writing is very clear, although I never figure out who-done-it. On reading it again, I see that the plot is is not resolved, but we can see things have been set in motion and where they will lead. Perhaps this is a more "mature" device, rather than spelling everything out for the reader. Although THIS reader often needs things spelled out!

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"Oh yes, you will, my girl," said her mother, no mean exponent of the obstinate expression herself.

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8/2007

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5/2012

A Fatal Attraction

Barnard, Robert
Woman writer who co-opts teen boys to manipulate their lives is murdered. Charlie Peace helps the investigateion. Pretty good, as usual.

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1/2001

A Hovering Of Vultures

Barnard, Robert
Charlie Peace goes the inauguratory meeting of a literary society for an obscure writer who was killed in a murder/suicide back in the 1932. Lots of words I could have looked up if I had some Post-Its!

I must make note that on page 138 the dog Zoe enters and eyes a box of chocolates. It is implied that Mavis gave the dog a chocolate. Chocolate is toxic to dogs, so I hope not!

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7/2011

A Murder In Mayfair

Barnard, Robert
A new M.P. junior Minister of Education gets notes suggesting he is adopted. Very good.

WORDS I HAD TO LOOK UP:

psephologist (pg. 9) A person that studies elections. taradiddle (pg. 197) A fib. Zeitgeist (pg. 181) The spirit of the time.

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8/2001

At Death's Door

Barnard, Robert
An overbearing actress is murdered. A very good story with a surprise ending. .

QUOTE:

"And of course the Cotterels were very distinguished. You can trace the family back to the Second Zulu War."

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6/2000

Death And The Chaste Apprentice

Barnard, Robert
D. C. Charlie Peace finally shows up to lend a helping hand to find out who murdered an obnoxious hotel manager at the Ketterick Arts Festival.

MYSTERIOUS SENTENCE:

By now Ketterick was securely established in the festival catalog, cunningly poised to take advantage of that moment, around May to June, when longen folk to goon on artistic pilgrimages.--page 55. longen? goon? Huh??

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6/2000

Death Of A Salesperson

Barnard, Robert
Sixteen great short murder stories.

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7/2000

Death Of An Old Goat

Barnard, Robert
An old professor from Oxford is killed after visiting a rural university in Australia. Good story, ending came surprisingly quickly.

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12/2001

Dying flames

Barnard, Robert
Author Graham finds a teen-age girl on his doorstep claiming to be his daughter. I really like this author's books. LATER: Checked it out again, accidentally, so I READ it again.

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8/2006

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5/2009

Fete Fatale

Barnard, Robert
The veterinarian's wife recounts the course of a murder in her village. Really good, several surprises.

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7/2000

Last Post

Barnard, Robert
Eve's mother has recently died, then a strange letter arrives hinting at a relationship her mother may had many years ago. A severe climax leaves no happy endings here.

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5/2009

No Place Of Safety

Barnard, Robert
Detective Constable Charlie Peace sorts out runaway teens.

QUOTE:

"Us wouldn't know about that. Us be drinkers, not fornicators."

TODAY'S VOCABULARY LESSON:

mendacious micturate shtoom

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6/2000

The Bad Samaritan

Barnard, Robert
Detective Constable Charlie Pearce finds out who would want to murder a piller of the church.

TODAY'S VOCABULARY LESSON:

Orotund

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6/2000

The Bones In The Attic

Barnard, Robert
Man moves into house, find bones of child in attic. Interesting story. Charlie Peace investigates.

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4/2004

The Cherry Blossom Corpse

Barnard, Robert
Inspector Perry Trethowan of Scotland Yard goes to Norway with his sister for a convention of Romance writers. Charlie Peace appears near the end. Very good story!

QUOTE:

"Patti Drewe suspected of fiddling welfare payments for her sick husband twelve years ago. Hmmm. Nothing there, surely? welfare in the States is so tiny it wouldn't keep a dog alive. More power to her elbow..."

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1/2001

The Corpse At The Haworth Jandoori

Barnard, Robert
A body turns up in the parking lot of an Indian restaurant. How did it get there? Who is it? Surprisings answers! .

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7/2000

The Graveyard Postion

Barnard, Robert
Merlyn returns after a twenty-year absence to find his relatives are even awfuller than they were. Now someone wants to kill him! Charlie Peace makes inspector.

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She's not so green as she's cabbage-looking.--(pg. 206) She's not as gullible as he looks.

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5/2009

The Habit Of Widowhood

Barnard, Robert
Short stories having to do with widowhood...and murder! Very good!!

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7/2000
20 books displayed
[Babbit - Barker] [Barnard - Barnard] [Barnard - Barr] [Barr - Bauer] [Baum - Beaton] [Beaton - Beaton] [Beaton - Belushi] [Belzer - Block] [Block - Blunt] [Bodeen - Bova] [Bova - Brooks] [Brooks - Buffett] [Bujold - Bujold] [Bunting - Buzzell] 

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