By Robert Barnard

From grasp secret author Robert Barnard, one among his early novels, Death of a secret Writer.

First released in 1979, Death of a secret Writer bought an Edgar Award nomination for "Best Novel" of that yr. it really is with nice excitement that Scribner reissues this liked novel from essentially the most revered names in crime writing.

Sir Oliver Fairleigh-Stubbs, obese and overbearing, collapses and dies at his celebration whereas indulging his flavor for infrequent liquors. He had promised his daughter he will be well mannered and charitable for the full day, however the pressure of such exemplary habit used to be evidently too nice. He leaves a family members relieved to be rid of him, and he additionally leaves a fortune, earned as a bestselling secret writer.

To everyone's shock, Sir Oliver's elder son, who overtly hated his father, inherits lots of the property. His spouse, his daughter, and his more youthful son are every one to obtain the royalties from one rigorously selected e-book. however the manuscript of the unpublished quantity left to Sir Oliver's spouse -- a posthumous "last case" that would be worthy thousands -- has disappeared. And Sir Oliver's loss of life is starting to glance under traditional.

Into this sour family comes Inspector Meredith, a lively Welshman who in many ways resembles Sir Oliver's fictional hero. In Robert Barnard's skillful arms, Inspector Meredith's research turns into not just a vintage instance of detection yet a chic and funny slice of crime.

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What did you do final evening when you served dinner? used to be it you or Sir Oliver opened the cabinet with the liqueurs in? ” “Me. Why? was once it the liqueurs did for him? ” “Possibly. ” “Thought so, while I observed his glass at the ground. So a person bought on the lakka, did they? definite, it was once me. After I’d served the chocolates, I got here right down to the kitchen and moved quickly up previous mom Moxon with the espresso. Then I took it as much as the examine, and opened the beverages cabinet even as. ” “Did you have got a key to it besides? ” “Not in your existence. See Sir Oliver trusting someone else with one. No, he gave me his earlier than dinner, as in keeping with ordinary. ” “How lengthy used to be the cabinet open earlier than they got here into the examine from dinner? ” Surtees shrugged his heavy shoulders. “Matter of 2 or 3 mins, not more than that. I went into the eating room after I’d positioned the espresso within the examine. Mr. Mark used to be having his little outburst approximately how he could fairly die than be an writer. foolish little shit, what does he comprehend? besides, that placed the damper on issues, so beautiful quickly they went over to the study—Miss Bella and Terence dragging Mark. ” “So not one of the relations can have received on the lakka among your beginning the cabinet and the entire get together going throughout to the research for espresso? ” “Not an opportunity, mate. They have been all on the desk the entire time. ” “Who bought to the examine first—was a person prior to the others? ” “Sir Oliver went in first, with Mrs. Woodstock, yet he wasn’t a ways sooner than the others. ” “Do you're thinking that any of the family members may have had a replica key to the cabinet? ” Surtees suggestion difficult. “No, I don’t. The locks at the beverages cabinets either within the learn and the living room have been replaced a number of years in the past, whilst little Lord Fauntleroy used to be dealing with a foul period—correction, while little Lord Fauntleroy was once dealing with a very undesirable interval, simply because he hasn’t had an excellent one given that he was once nineteen or twenty, as far as I’ve heard. besides, Sir Oliver had the locks replaced, making it a very good excuse for no longer even giving me certainly one of my very own, and he by no means enable these keys out of his sight, other than infrequently to provide them to me on nights whilst there have been site visitors. ” “And you—? ” “If you suggest, did i am getting duplicates made for somebody, you could stuff the assumption, matey,” stated Surtees, benefiting from Meredith’s matiness since it happy him in order to provide the police a little bit cheek. “I’m the good incorruptible, that’s what i'm. Or lets say my loyalty was once to Sir Oliver, not anyone else. It doesn’t do to promote your soul too usually. specifically now not while Sir Oliver had this type of excellent details provider. ” Meredith rose to head. “It’s been very interesting,” he acknowledged. “Just maintain your eyes open within the following couple of days, will you? ” “Sure thing,” acknowledged Surtees ingratiatingly. “Better now not ask what it’s worthy to you, had I? You law enforcement officials can flip humorous approximately little such things as that. nonetheless, if I’m ever in difficulty sooner or later, i will simply quote your identify, can’t I? ” “Of path, of course,” acknowledged Meredith on the door, mentally including: “You can try out.

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