Item description for Skeleton in the Grass (Felony & Mayhem Mysteries) by Robert Barnard...
A small-town vicar's daughter, Sara Causseley could not be more delighted by her new job as governess to the aristocratic Hallam clan. The children are precociously adorable, the gardens at Hallam House are a dream, and the conversation -- at glittering dinners, at boisterous family picnics -- is as stimulating as she could possibly have wished. But ominous political clouds are gathering over Europe, and as England slips inexorably toward World War II, the Hallams' political views make the family increasingly unpopular. No one, though, suspects the extent of the malice that is percolating in the surrounding countryside until a human skeleton -- and then a human corpse -- are found on the Hallam grounds, sending some kind of ugly message. That message and the source of its hate will remain all but incomprehensible to Sara for some time, until war and its violations have left her with a very new view of those sunny picnics on the Hallam lawns.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Sep 15, 2007
Publisher Felony & Mayhem
ISBN 1933397810 ISBN13 9781933397818
Availability 0 units.
More About Robert Barnard
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. His most recent novel, Charitable Body", was published by Scribner in 2012.
Robert Barnard currently resides in Leeds. Robert Barnard was born in 1967 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Freelance Writer and Formerly University of Tromso Freelance Writer th.
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Death at a Pacifist's Country Home Oct 17, 2001
Sarah Causely comes to be a governess at an English Country Home owned by famous pacifists in the late 1930's. First entranced by the family, Sarah gradually comes to see them less romantically as they deal with a series of malicious pranks by the local fascist organization. The pranks culminate in the death of one of the local boys and only the family has a motive for his death. Barnard's characterizations are unusually well done. Sarah matures as England moves towards war, but her disenchantment with the family is not due to her disagreement with their political views, but a growing understanding of the weakness of their characters. The plot is well done and the mystery keeps the reader guessing. The historical context is particularly fun. The pacifists cannot interest the local MP in the civil war in Spain, for example, because he is utterly fixated by the King's romance with That American (Mrs. Simpson.) Good characters, good story, good suspense. The following review describes another of Barnard's books, not Skeleton in the Grass.
Barnard rattles a few skeletons here! Jan 4, 2001
"Don't kill her! Don't!" The young Simon wakes up screaming! The gentle couple who have taken Simon in are more than a little confused. In Robert Barnard's "Out of the Blackout," the author sets this finely-tuned and suspenseful novel during the blizt of London during the War. Children have been evacuated to the countryside for their own safety, more often than not to live for the duration of the war with complete strangers. Young Simon Thorn shows up in the village of Yeasdon, along with the other evacuated children. However, his name is on on list, his address doesn't exist, and few clues can be found in the few items he possesses. Many questions abound and Barnard, with his accustomed patience and logical thinking, sets out to solve this mystery. He does so in a touching, poignant manner, and he brings vividly to life all the aspects of these dark and dangerous days of the blitz. Barnard deserves his well-earned reputation. (Billyjhobbs@tyler.net)