A Corpse in a Gilded Cage

A Corpse in a Gilded Cage

by Robert Barnard


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Chetton Hall was one of the glories of Jacobean domestic architecture, and the Spenders had lived in Chetton ever since their founder had peculated the money to build it while he was the King's Secretary of Monopolies. Over the years they had accumulated accrustations of dignity, to say nothing of wealth. Which made it doubly shocking when the Earldom descended to Percy Spender, who was 'not quite', not to mention his family, who were not at all. When the family descends on Chetton for his sixtieth birthday, accompanied by various hangers-on, their main obsession is to discover his intentions for the future of the place. Hardly less interested is his man of business, and his neighbours, who feel sadly the diminished glory of the house. The Spenders, in fact, have always felt like birds in a guilded cage at Chetton. Before the celebrations are over, one of the birds is a very dead duck indeed.

The traditional country house party murder is turned on its head, given a few twists, and ends up much reinvigorated in this witty and lively whodunit by a writer who, as described in the Times Literary Supplement, 'can write most under the table with one hand behind his back.'

'Mr Barnard always maintains an exceptionally high level, being as much littérateur as mystery story writer; fortunately, he never lets his literary flair get in the way of his mysteries.' New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781447240051
Publisher: Pan Macmillan (Bello)
Publication date: 12/20/2012
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Robert Barnard was a well-established crime writer. He won the prestigious Nero Wolfe Award as well as the Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards, was been nominated eight times for the Edgar Award and was the winner of the 2003 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for a lifetime of achievement. He also wrote crime novels under the pseudonym of Bernard Bastable. He lived with his wife in Leeds and had over 45 titles published in the UK and US.

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Corpse in a Gilded Cage 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Riyale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My very first Barnard. So much humor. A quick, light read but only because it kept me so engrossed I didn't want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A light little mystery with a cast of quirky characters. Not enough character development to make it interesting.