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Mystery and Suspense
Author: Robert Barnard
ISBN: 0750503955
Subcategory: Mystery
Pages 300 pages
Publisher Thorndike Pr; Large Print Ed edition (August 1992)
Language English
Category: Mystery and Suspense
Rating: 4.7
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by Robert Barnard


And it is the personal, deeply moving story of two men, Peter Proctor, recently retired as a senior British cabinet minister, and Timothy Wycliffe, a young aristocrat who was bludgeoned to death more than thirty years ago. The two had met in the early 1950s as fledgling diplomats in the Foreign Office.

A Scandal in Belgravia is a 1991 book by British author Robert Barnard. The book was first published in August 1991 through Charles Scribner's Sons and has since been through several reprints and has also been released in ebook formats. The novel won the Nero Award in 1992. This article is about the 1991 book. For the episode of Sherlock, from 2012, see A Scandal in Belgravia. A Scandal in Belgravia.

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.

He has also written crime novels under the pseudonym of Bernard Bastable. He lives with his wife in Leeds and has had over 45 titles published in the UK and US.

And it is the personal, deeply moving story of two men, Peter Proctor, recently retired as a senior British cabinet minister, and Timothy Wycliffe, a young aristocrat who was bludgeoned to death more than thirty years ago. He has also written crime novels under the pseudonym of Bernard Bastable.

A Scandal in Belgravia. And it is the personal, deeply moving story of two men, Peter Proctor, recently retired as a senior British cabinet minister, and Timothy Wycliffe, a young aristocrat who was bludgeoned to death more than thirty years ago. Wycliffe, the grandson of a marquess, had little in common with Proctor, the self-made man on his way up. Authors: Robert Barnard.

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And so it happened that young aristocrat Timothy Wycliffe was bludgeoned to death in his elegantly furnished flat in Belgravia by a person or persons unknown. Unknown, in fact, for 30 years.

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A Scandal in Belgravia - Robert Barnard. It would be impossible today to convey to anyone under the age of forty the stunned sense of shock I felt. Difficult, too, to explain my ignorance and naiveté on the subject of homosexuality. The book was first published in August 1991 by Charles Scribner's Sons and has since been through several reprints and has also been released in ebook formats

A Scandal in Belgravia is a 1991 book by British author Robert Barnard. The book was first published in August 1991 by Charles Scribner's Sons and has since been through several reprints and has also been released in ebook formats. The story is set in London, and the murder took place in the wealthy Belgravia area. It is narrated by Peter Proctor, a former politician

Samuhn
This is as good of a mystery as I've read. As a distraction from writing his memoirs, Peter Proctor begins an investigation into the decades-old murder of a young friend. The friend is a minor player in the Foreign Office from the 1950s, but his death has a lasting impact on Peter and many others. As he recollects and then investigates, he recalls pivotal moments in British history such as the Suez crisis and the tumultuous years of the Edward Heath government. He meets people with memories of the friend and it leads him to a startling conclusion. In addition, he relays a startling conclusion of his own. To reveal more would be a disservice to other readers.

In the fashion of Josephine Tey's "Daughter of Time," this is a work about the discovery of one's past in a broader context. (I was interested to see another reviewer found the similarity with that book, which I also rate as one of my favorites ever). Barnard's book is sure to shock those who encounter it and to stay with one long after the final page.
DarK-LiGht
The other Bernard Best is The False Inspector Dew. It is fabulous.

Occasionally, Robert Bernard writes a book that ambles along, telling a story by a fairly distant narrator who is propelled by curiosity to look into a tangled set of facts. The Scandal in Belgravia is the most successful of Bernard's approach--the sort of book you are sorry to finish--and the narrator is not removed. Belgravia is an area of London where the well to do and -- at one time --the literati, lived. Usual conventional mores war with the individuals who have a different point of view. Our hero has worked for the government his whole life ( a former minister)and is the picture of respectability. He becomes interested in a death, and the tangled set of facts, and as he investigates, he changes. It is too easy to give away the plot and its "Gee, I should have seen it coming" ending. It is hard to ask you to take on faith that this cleverly plotted, carefully unfolded novel is a gift to any reader who enjoys the understated English approach to mystery and human psychology. It helps, but is not required, if you know a bit of the Profumo scandal [government minister found supporting a prostitute] which shattered the public view of the English government as more morally pure than yours and mine. You do have to accept that, once upon a time, a scandal was a bad thing that brought down careers and ruined that most valuable of commodities: respectability. (A point of view that is rapidly becoming archaic.) If you like an English mystery, you will love this one.
Frey
I have read almost all of Robert Barnard's mysteries and I love most of them. This one didn't quite keep my interest as it was very linear with a lot of "telling." Maybe OK if written 50 years ago, but he has some wonderful ones, like At Death's Door, Death of an Old Goat, Death in a Cold Climate(title? sorry if I got it wrong: it takes place near the Arctic circle). So sorry he is no longer with us!
Vispel
An amazing plot, complex characters, genuine humanity. Not a classic detection novel, but something more, though in the end I don't find anyone's politics wholly "correct"
Qwert
Barnard's characters are, as usual, vivid and interesting. His narrator, an axed Conservative minister, makes a fine amateur sleuth. Pacing a bit slow, but the A+ surprise ending makes up for it.
Alsardin
It was a pleasure to read this after reading "Belgravia" and walking around Belgravia Square recently. The book and its protagonists are engaging, the mystery is intriguing, there is some humor. The theme, from the first pages, concerns homosexuality in the 50s and seems accurate enough. This story, although universal, has a British flavor.
GoodBuyMyFriends
This is a very worthwhile little mystery read, very much like being in Britain in the company of political and government sorts without any special consideration being given to explain the asides to us silly colonials.
Anglophiles might enjoy this more than general mystery readers, and it helps a lot to be familiar with the history of the 50s and 60s in Britain. Even so, the characters are well-delineated and the situations speak for themselves, so fear not.
Barnard provides the best of everything: complex characters and interesting stories.