Scotland Yard Superintendent Perry Trethowan is enjoying a vacation evening at a cosy Yorkshire pub when an old woman shows him an original, unpublished Bronte manuscript. He agrees to engage in a little literary detective work, but doesn't realise that for a criminal the manuscript is motive for theft, torture--and murder.
Robert Barnard (1936–2013) was an English crime writer, critic and lecturer. His first crime novel, "A Little Local Murder", was published in 1976, and he went on to write more than 40 other books and numerous short stories. His favourite crime writer was Agatha Christie, and in 1980 he published a critique of her work titled "A Talent to Deceive: An Appreciation of Agatha Christie". He was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2003 by the Crime Writers Association for 'a lifetime of achievement'. Writing under the pseudonym Bernard Bastable, Barnard also published two standalone novels and two alternate history books starring Wolfgang Mozart as a detective, he having survived to old age.
Our copy is in very good condition, the outer cover showing almost no signs of wear or use, and with just a small slightly sticky patch on the back where a price label was once affixed, and a faint dog-earing at the top of the front cover. A small stain marks the top R/H rear corner of the text block and there are very faint stain marks on the top & bottom edges, but inside the binding is firm and all pages clean. The author's signature (in biro) is prominent on the title page - a rare feature.