A Fall From Grace

A Fall From Grace

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Baker & Taylor
Put off by his father-in-law's boasts about his literary successes and distasteful fondness for young girls, detective inspector Charlie Peace nevertheless works to clear the man's reputation, as well as the good name of Charlie's wife, Felicity, when both are implicated in a murder.

Blackwell North Amer
Detective Inspector Charlie Peace and his wife, Felicity, are shocked when Felicity's difficult dad, Rupert Coggenhoe, suddenly announces that he's moving north to their Yorkshire village. Felicity has never much liked her father, and to have him as a near-neighbor fills her with foreboding. The boorish old man has always loved to impress the ladies, young and old, by exaggerating his modest success as a novelist. True to form, soon after his move to Slepton Edge he surrounds himself with adoring females, including a precocious, theatrical teenager named Anne Michaels. Rupert and Anne could make a lethal combination.
Rumors fly, but Felicity convinces herself that Rupert would do nothing seriously wrong. He can be annoying and outrageous but he's not a criminal. She relies on a friend, a doctor who seems to be strangely aware of everything that's happening in the community, to warn her if he hears of anything really troubling. She doesn't have long to wait, but the news is not what she expects. It's worse. A body has been found and it looks like murder. Stunned by a difficult reality, Felicity is even more shocked to discover that she, herself, may be a suspect.
This is one criminal investigation that's much too close to home for Charlie Peace. He's not officially on the case, but he uses his copper's instincts and a husband's heart to find a killer and to discover anew the meaning of family.

Baker
& Taylor

Put off by his father-in-law's boasts about his literary successes and distasteful fondness for young girls, detective inspector Charlie Peace nevertheless works to clear the man's reputation, as well as the good name of Charlie's wife, Felicity, when both are implicated in a murder. By the author of Dying Flames. 15,000 first printing.

Simon and Schuster
From Robert Barnard, the internationally acclaimed Diamond Dagger-winning crime writer . . .

With A Fall from Grace, Robert Barnard triumphs once again with a witty tale of family discord and murder.

Detective Inspector Charlie Peace and his wife, Felicity, are shocked when Felicity's difficult dad, Rupert Coggenhoe, suddenly announces that he's moving north to their Yorkshire village. Felicity has never much liked her father, and to have him as a near-neighbor fills her with foreboding. The boorish old man has always loved to impress the ladies, young and old, by exaggerating his modest success as a novelist. True to form, soon after his move to Slepton Edge he surrounds himself with adoring females, including a precocious, theatrical teenager named Anne Michaels. Rupert and Anne could make a lethal combination.

Rumors fly, but Felicity convinces herself that Rupert would do nothing seriously wrong. He can be annoying and outrageous but he's not a criminal. She relies on a friend, a doctor who seems to be strangely aware of everything that's happening in the community, to warn her if he hears of anything really troubling. She doesn't have long to wait, but the news is not what she expects. It's worse. A body has been found and it looks like murder. Stunned by a difficult reality, Felicity is even more shocked to discover that she, herself, may be a suspect.

This is one criminal investigation that's much too close to home for Charlie Peace. He's not officially on the case, but he uses his copper's instincts and a husband's heart to find a killer and to discover anew the meaning of family.

Praised for his "perfect pitch, exquisite pacing, and meticulous plotting" (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times), Robert Barnard proves yet again that he is one of the great masters of mystery.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2007
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780743272209
074327220X
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY BAR
Characteristics: 261 p. ;,23 cm.

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Sep 02, 2015

Charlie Peace is now promoted and living in another police district. When his father-in-law is found dead in a quarry, he has suspicions, but the officer on the case warns him off and designates the death as an accident. As clues turn up, Charlie feels that this was not an accident. The real solution is not easy and leaves Charlie's wife being glad she's not a police inspector. One of Barnard's best.

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