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The Mistress of Alderley


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Robert Barnard was born in Essex. He was educated at Balliol College Oxford and after completing his degree he taught English at universities in Australia and Norway. He currently lives in Leeds, Yorkshire.


Witty and subtle character portrayals, against a substantial background of opera and theater, lift the latest suspense novel from prolific British author Barnard (The Bones in the Attic; Unholy Dying; etc.). Actress Caroline Fawley has seemingly found her final and perfect role: that of mother and mistress. She and her two teenage children, Alex and Stella, are happily ensconced in a splendid house in the village of Alderley, where they are joined weekends by self-made business tycoon Marius Fleetwood. Marius spends the week with his wife, Sheila, who's pregnant by another man. Caroline's oldest child, Olivia, is a rising opera singer about to make a much-anticipated debut in La Forza del Destino in nearby Leeds. Caroline's idyllic, if somewhat unconventional, life is not so much shattered as it is dismantled when Marius disappears on the opera's opening night and the veils of deception that shrouded their lives begin to be stripped away. Having spent much of her life creating illusions on film, Caroline must now come to terms with those created by others. Ingenious twists to a satisfying plot make for fine entertainment. (Apr. 14) FYI: An eight-time Edgar nominee, Barnard has won the Nero Wolfe, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

'Robert Barnard is always original, never repeats himself and has a delectable wit' The Daily Telegraph 'He can write most under the table with one hand tied behind his back' Times Literary Supplement

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