A Murder in Mayfair: A Novel of Suspense

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Colin Pinnock, on top of the world when he is selected as a junior minister to the new Prime Minister, receives a mysterious note that sends him into a world of mystery and murder

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Colin Pinnock is an up-and-coming junior minister in the Prime Minister's new government, excited about his post and pleased with the recognition he's beginning to attain. His complacency is shattered by the arrival of a cryptic and anonymous letter, which suggests that he is not who he thinks he is. Veteran crime writer Barnard (A Scandal in Belgravia, The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori) presents the solution to the central mystery early on, as Pinnock learns that in all likelihood he is the son of a notorious British nobleman who disappeared after impregnating the family nanny and killing his wife.

Mixing facts and surmises based on a true-life London murder of the 1980s with a fictional hero whose search for the truth about his origins is nicely limned and expertly paced, Barnard delivers another winner for his many fans. The development of the relationships between Colin and his half-siblings is well described, and the denouement offers just enough surprise to classify this elegant novel under "mysteries, British." --Jane Adams

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Robert Barnard¹s most recent novels include The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori, The Bad Samaritan, The Masters of the House, and A Hovering of Vultures. Winner of the prestigious Nero Wolfe Award as well as the Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity, the eight-time Edgar nominee is a member of the Detection Club and lives in Leeds, England.

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