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Author Robert BarnardRobert Barnard (November 23 ,1936 - September 19, 2013) was an English crime writer, critic and lecturer. He was born in Essex (England) and was educated at Balliol College in Oxford. He had a distinguished career as an academic before he became a full-time writer.

He was a writer of great versatility, from the light and satirical to the more psychological. Under the name of Bernard Bastable he also wrote novels featuring Mozart as a detective, and is the author of many short stories. He created several detectives, including Perry Trethowan and Charlie Peace.

He regarded Agatha Christie as his ideal crime writer and published an appreciation of her work, A TALENT TO DECEIVE, as well as books on Dickens, a history of English literature and nearly thirty mysteries.

His first crime novel, A Little Local Murder, was published in 1976.

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A Cry from the Dark
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A Cry from the Dark by Robert Barnard

The Mistress of Alderley
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The Mistress of Alderley by Robert Barnard

The Habit of Widowhood
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The Habit of Widowhood by Robert Barnard

Bad Samaritan
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Bad Samaritan by Robert Barnard

A Hovering of Vultures
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A Hovering of Vultures by Robert Barnard

A City of Strangers
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A City of Strangers by Robert Barnard
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Barnard, Robert - Bad Samaritan, The (First Edition) Barnard, Robert | Bad Samaritan, The | First Edition Book

1995 NY: Scribner  First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dust jacket.

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Barnard, Robert - Bones in the Attic, The (Advance Reading Copy) Barnard, Robert | Bones in the Attic, The | Book - Advance Reading Copy

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Barnard, Robert - Cherry Blossom Corpse, The (First Edition) Barnard, Robert | Cherry Blossom Corpse, The | First Edition Book

1987 NY: Scribner  First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dust jacket.

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1990 NY: Scribner  First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket.

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1992 NY: Scribner  First edition, first printing, new/unread in flawless dust jacket.

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Barnard, Robert - Habit of Widowhood, The (Advance Reading Copy) Barnard, Robert | Habit of Widowhood, The | Book - Advance Reading Copy

1996 NY: Scribner  Advance  reading copy, mint, new/unread in pictorial wraps.

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Robert Barnard Bibliography


Mystery Novels

  • Death of an Old Goat - 1974
  • A Little Local Murder - 1976
  • Death on the High Cs - 1977
  • Blood Brotherhood - 1977
  • Unruly Son - 1978 aka Death of a Mystery Writer
  • 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
  • Out of the Blackout - 1984
  • A Corpse in a Gilded Cage - 1984
  • Disposal of the Living - 1985 aka Fete Fatale
  • Political Suicide - 1986
  • The Skeleton in the Grass - 1987
  • At Death's Door - 1988
  • A City of Strangers - 1990
  • A Scandal in Belgravia - 1991
  • Masters of the House - 1994
  • Touched by the Dead - 1999 aka A Murder in Mayfair
  • Unholy Dying - 2000 aka Turbulent Priest
  • The Mistress of Alderley - 2002
  • A Cry From The Dark - 2003
  • The Graveyard Position - 2004
  • Dying Flames - 2005
  • Last Post - 2008
  • Stranger in the Family - 2010

Charlie Peace Novels

  1. Death and the Chaste Apprentice - 1989
  2. A Fatal Attachment - 1992
  3. A Hovering of Vultures - 1993
  4. The Bad Samaritan - 1995
  5. No Place of Safety - 1997
  6. The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori - 1998
  7. The Bones in the Attic - 2001
  8. A Fall from Grace - 2006
  9. The Killings on Jubilee Terrace - 2009
  10. A Charitable Body - 2012

Perry Trethowan Novels

  1. Death by Sheer Torture - 1981
  2. Death and the Princess - 1982
  3. The Missing Bronte - 1983
  4. Bodies - 1986
  5. Death in Purple Prose - 1987 aka The Cherry Blossom Corpse

Short Story Collections

  • Death of a Salesperson and Other Untimely Exits - 1989
  • The Habit of Widowhood - 1996
  • Rogue's Gallery - 2011

Novels written as Bernard Bastable

  • To Die Like a Gentleman - 1993
  • Dead, Mr. Mozart - 1995
  • Mansion and its Murder - 1998
  • Too Many Notes, Mr. Mozart - 1998

Non-Fiction

  • Imagery and Theme in the Novels of Dickens - 1974
  • A Talent to Deceive: An Appreciation of Agatha Christie - 1980
  • A Short History of English Literature - 1984
  • Emily Brontė - British Library Writers' lives series - 2000
  • A Brontė Encyclopedia - with Louise Barnard - 2007

Robert Barnard Awards

  • Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for a lifetime of achievement in 2003

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