At Death's Door

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Upstairs, in the room looking out to sea, the old man dictates wills, leaving things he no longer has to friends who are long dead. His children, who look after him, can cope with his senility, and thought there was nothing more to learn about his erratic life-style.

When Roderick Cotterel hears from his illegitimate half-sister he is intrigued, even charmed: she is the daughter of his father, the distinguished novelist Benedict Cotterel, by the famous actress Myra Mason. She is writing a book about her mother, and is looking for material. The affair between the two had been a gutter press sensation back in the ‘sixties, but the embers have long since cooled. However, when Cordelia and her boyfriend arrive and begin research for the book both Roderick and his wife begin to have doubts. And when their peaceful Sussex village is threatened by a visit from an almost suspiciously friendly Myra Mason, they realize they have got into something from which it would require superhuman delicacy and tact to extricate themselves. In the event somebody solves their problems in a way that is neither tactful nor delicate, though it certainly is final.

‘He never takes the easy path of repeating a winning formula.’ Time Magazine

About Robert Barnard

Robert Barnard (1936 - 2013) lived in Leeds, was born in Essex and educated at Balliol. He had a distinguished career as an academic before he became a full-time writer. His first crime novel, Death of an Old Goat, was written while he was professor of English at the University of Tromso in Norway, the worlds most northerly university. He was a writer of great versatility, from the light and satirical tone of his earlier books to the more psychological preoccupations of recent ones, such as A Fatal Attachment. Under the name of Bernard Bastable he also wrote novels featuring Mozart as a detective, and is the author of many short stories. He created several detectives, including Perry Trethowan and Charlie Peace. Robert Barnard said he wrote only to entertain. He regarded Agatha Christie as his ideal crime writer and published an appreciation of her work, A Talent to Deceive, as well as books on Dickens, a history of English literature and nearly thirty mysteries. Robert Barnard was the winner of the 2003 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for a lifetime of achievement.

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Books by Robert Barnard

The Case of the Missing Brontë
The Case of the Missing Brontë
The Missing Bronte
The Missing Bronte
Death in Purple Prose
Death in Purple Prose
Death of an Old Goat
Death of an Old Goat
A Fatal Attachment
A Fatal Attachment
The Bones in the Attic
The Bones in the Attic
Out of the Blackout
Out of the Blackout
Unruly Son
Unruly Son
Blood Brotherhood
Blood Brotherhood
A Scandal in Belgravia
A Scandal in Belgravia
A City of Strangers
A City of Strangers
A Hovering of Vultures
A Hovering of Vultures
The Skeleton in the Grass
The Skeleton in the Grass
Political Suicide
Political Suicide
The Disposal of the Living
The Disposal of the Living
A Corpse in a Gilded Cage
A Corpse in a Gilded Cage
Little Victims
Little Victims
Mother's Boys
Mother's Boys
Death and the Princess
Death and the Princess
Bodies
Bodies
Death on the High C's
Death on the High C's
A Little Local Murder
A Little Local Murder
Unholy Dying
Unholy Dying
Touched by the Dead
Touched by the Dead
The Masters of the House
The Masters of the House
Death and the Chaste Apprentice
Death and the Chaste Apprentice
The Bad Samaritan
The Bad Samaritan
No Place of Safety
No Place of Safety
The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori
The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori
Death in a Cold Climate
Death in a Cold Climate
Posthumous Papers
Posthumous Papers