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by Robert Barnard


Robert Barnard, the internationally acclaimed Diamond Dagger–winning crime writer, dissects family bonds at their best and worst in this stunning novel of suspense.

Robert Barnard, the internationally acclaimed Diamond Dagger–winning crime writer, dissects family bonds at their best and worst in this stunning novel of suspense. What an honor—to become trustee of an English stately home museum. Yorkshire Detective Inspector Charlie Peace’s wife.

Robert Barnard, the internationally acclaimed Diamond Dagger–winning crime writer, dissects family bonds at. .Suspenseful, witty, and, as always, superbly insight-ful, A Charitable Body shows acclaimed master of mystery Robert Barnard at his clever best.

Robert Barnard, the internationally acclaimed Diamond Dagger–winning crime writer, dissects family bonds at their best and worst in this stunning novel of suspense. What an honor-to become trustee of an English stately home museum. Yorkshire Detective Inspector Charlie Peace's wife, Felicity, is initially thrilled when she's asked to join the board that oversees Walbrook Manor, an eighteenth-century mansion that's now part of a charitable trust. She's in for some surprises.

A Charitable Body: A Novel of Suspense. It’s not long, though, before both she and Charlie smell trouble. Suspenseful, witty and, as always, superbly insightful, A Charitable Body shows Barnard at his scintillating best

A Charitable Body: A Novel of Suspense. Suspenseful, witty and, as always, superbly insightful, A Charitable Body shows Barnard at his scintillating best. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

A Charitable Body book . Robert Barnard's A Charitable Body (2012) is quite a minor literary effort, and that's putting it quite charitably. To borrow a clichéd phrase, it has a lot to be modest about. This 'novel of suspense' - as promised on the cover - does not deliver much excitement. The characterizations are far from convincing, and even the Barnard's trademark feat - his plots usually have more interesting ending"'Everything "'Everything in the garden is lovely,' said Charlie. But of course that was before the discovery of the body.

What an honor, to become a trustee of one of England’s distinguished stately homes  .

Robert Barnard (1936-2013) was awarded the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Nero Wolfe Award, as well as the Agatha and . His most recent novel, Charitable Body, was published by Scribner in 2012.

Robert Barnard (1936-2013) was awarded the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Nero Wolfe Award, as well as the Agatha and Macavity awards. An eight-time Edgar nominee, he was a member of Britain's distinguished Detection Club, and, in May 2003, he received the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in mystery writing.

Robert Barnard (23 November 1936 – 19 September 2013) was an English crime writer, critic and lecturer. In addition to over 40 books published under his own name, he also published four books under the pseudonym Bernard Bastable. Robert Barnard was born on 23 November 1936 at Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex. He was educated at the Colchester Royal Grammar School and at Balliol College, Oxford.

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His last novel, A Charitable Body, was published in the US in 2012. He is survived by Louise. Robert Barnard, crime writer, born 23 November 1936; died 19 September 2013.

Robert Barnard, the internationally acclaimed Diamond Daggerwinning crime writer, dissects family bonds at their best and worst in this stunning novel of suspense.

What an honorto become trustee of an English stately home museum. Yorkshire Detective Inspector Charlie Peaces wife, Felicity, is initially thrilled when shes asked to join the board that oversees Walbrook Manor, an eighteenth-century mansion thats now part of a charitable trust. Shes 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 Walbrooks 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 Walbrooks 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 family 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.

Gavirus
I have to agree with Hortensia and Susan Golden, both of whom said it better than I could. It's one of Barnard's worst books. I kept waiting for something to happen and when it did it was a letdown. I could hardly see what the fuss was about. When the important information about the characters was delivered it was all at once near the end; nothing but extremely vague hints were delivered to the reader before that- not even that Charlie Peace had found out much of anything. I found myself wondering what the heck he was doing as it seemed to be nothing.

Had I been reading it in a print edition I would have skipped to the end just to see the conclusion, then put it away. All I would have missed was tedious, mostly aimless discussion. It was good enough to read in waiting rooms and on an otherwise dull day though. Even Robert Barnard's worst is better than most author's best but you'd be better off getting this one from the library.
Ionzar
Anything by Robert Barnard is excellent. This has Barnard's trademark subtly and Charlie Peace, my favorite Barnard character. The only drawback is that investigation mostly hinges on things that happened before WWII and I prefer the present tense.
Elildelm
More family shinanigans. Good read.
Ungall
Well intertwined. Characters were intriguing enough to keep me interested. Some seemed one dimensional. Then we get more backstory and the reasons for their attitudes becomes clear.
Modifyn
When Agatha Christie was getting old, it showed in her books. She wrote books like "Postern of Fate" that contained long boring conversations that didn't seem to go anywhere, no reason for the things that happened in the book and not much in the way of resolution. Her later books are often fuzzy-minded and poorly written.

Poor Robert Barnard, who has always been one of my favorite writers, seems to be going the same way. His last ten books have been long on fuzzy conversations about family history and vague things that seem to be threatening but you never really see why. Too much talk that doesn't go anywhere, too much wallowing about in old family scandal, not much action and poor characterization. These books don't have the bite, the wit and the action of Barnard's older books. And they certainly don't have characters that anyone could care about very much.
Linn
I was somewhat disappointed in this book; I am a huge fan of Barnard's, and I do not think this is one of his best. However, it is very well written and introduces a new and interesting character. Certainly better than huge piles of the mystery books being published these days....
Aradwyn
This is a lame excuse for a mystery novel. The first half of the book is devoted to an investigation, by a policeman's wife, of the history of a stately home in England. The only mystery is why and how the house changed hands at different points of history. There's something about a possibly stolen music manuscript and a Nazi-sponsered group that used to meet at the house just before WWII. But none of this has much to do with the dead body which finally appears half-way through. At this point also, the wife is pretty much forgotten, and her husband takes on the investigation of the possibly murdered victim. All the suspects turn out to be red herrings, because it turns out that the agent of the woman's death (can we even call him a murderer?) isn't even mentioned till the final pages of the book. This boring and badly-constructed novel is apparently an attempt by the author to cash in on his reputation. According to other reviewers he has written better books, but because this was the first of his I've read, I won't be reading any more.
I have enjoyed many novels by Robert Barnard, but this is not one of them. Musical metaphors abound in "A Charitable Body," so here is a musical analysis of the book: The tempo is very slow. The introduction is promising, but then the exposition is repeated half a dozen times, without modulation. The development has no flavor. There is no climax to speak of. The coda is okay. (As a matter of fact, it does resemble some pieces by Elgar ...)

The best, freshest moments in this book involve Inspector Peace's wife. Felicity. Unfortunately, her connection to the main action of the story is weak, and her husband's perspective takes over once a body is finally discovered, more than halfway through the book.

This is not a novel of suspense. There is no suspense. There is a mild sort of mystery, in the sense that some things that were not known are brought to light.

If you are smitten by the romance of English country houses, you could imagine this book as a movie, a very tepid blend of "Gosford Park" and "The Remains of the Day." On the other hand, why bother? Watch them instead.
A Charitable Body: A Novel of Suspense ebook
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Robert Barnard
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