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Maxwell's Match (A Peter Maxwell mystery) [Paperback]

M. J. Trow
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6 Jan 2003 A Peter Maxwell mystery
As part of a two-week staff exchange scheme, Peter 'Mad Max' Maxwell is swapping the delights of Leighford High for the altogether more sophisticated charms of local private school, Grimmonds. This is a school where the teachers wear gowns, a school with interhouse rugby, debating societies and fencing lessons. It's a far cry from his familiar comprehensive - Grimmods is steeped in tradition and dripping with money. But within a day of stepping through the imposing school gates, Maxwell has yet again stumbled upon an unnatural death. One of the Housemasters has fallen from the school roof - but did he jump or was he pushed? Two days later another teacher is found floating in the lake and this time it's definitely murder. As the pack of journalists at the gates grows and parents start removing their children from the school, the Headmaster has his work cut out to protect Grimmonds' reputation. And when DS Jacquie Carpenter, Maxwell's girlfriend, gets assigned to the case he finds himself caught up in a complex police investigation and a tangled web of secrets.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby; New edition edition (6 Jan 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749006218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749006211
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 964,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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M J Trow (the 'M' as most people know by now stands for Meirion, a Welsh name few can manage, so he writes as M J, is known by all and sundry as Mei, rhyming with 'my') has been writing for many years, with his first book - The Adventures of Inspector Lestrade - being published in 1984 by Macmillan. More Lestrades followed and then some true crime and somehow it all snowballed so now he has many historical biographies and two other crime series (Maxwell and Marlowe, the latter written with his wife, writing as Maryanne Coleman, though her name is Carol, actually!) to his credit. He claims to be retired, but that's just from teaching. In fact he has never been busier and is a sought after 'ghost' these days as well as historian and novelist, with many different subjects' stories having been told through him. He has recently started collaborating on fiction projects (with someone other than his wife, that is) and finds it a really exciting and pleasurable experience.

To relax he ... actually, that's a bit tricky, as he doesn't really ever relax. He has been known to garden, he is a keen cook and artist and likes to travel. This is rather easier these days as he is a popular speaker on cruise ships - in fact his profile picture was taken on a very gusty day in Cape Town this February, setting off on a long voyage home to Southampton through some of the scariest seas he and his wife have had the pleasure to meet! It really was the calm before the storm, despite being a Force 9 just leaving the Bay.

Family is important and he is very proud of his wife, Carol (aka Maryanne Coleman) for her own books and also the ones they write together, the Kit Marlowe series. His son, Taliesin, known as Tali, is a writer who has written a biography of the Tudor explorer Martin Frobisher as well as collaborating with Mei on several biographies. An exciting series is in the melting pot at the moment and will hopefully be appearing soon; remember where you heard it first. Tali is also a musician, playing various instruments with some acclaimed bands from the alt-bluegrass of the fabulous Coal Porters, through the classic acid folk of Lords of Thyme to the ethereal melodies of Fawn. His crystal vocals enhance everything he does and it's just as well someone in the family can sing, as it is the first thing anyone asks a Welshman!

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'No one, no one at all writes quite like Trow. He has made the school mystery story his own with his witty, erudite Maxwell series.' Yorkshire Post 'Trow's intricate tale is laced with ironic humour and a surprising touch of pathos' Lancashire Evening Post

About the Author

M. J. Trow is a full-time teacher of history who has been doubling as a crime writer for seventeen years. Originally from Rhonda in South Wales he now lives on the Isle of Wight. His interests include collecting militaria, film, the supernatural and true crime. Maxwell's Match is his 24th crime novel.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it indeed. 2 Nov 2013
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I love the Mad Max series, end this one is up to standard. Witty writing, good characters well portrayed, and as always an interesting mystery. It's good to watch the developing interest between Max and his 'woman policeman', as he calls her in fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He's done it again 12 Aug 2014
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A different rhythm to this one, not quite so fast paced as some of the others. It keeps you guessing to the end with a couple of twists in the tail. A good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Usual standard 19 Nov 2013
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Not quite the humour of previous Mad Max stories: miss that as this is what makes these stories different. however still an excellent read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No proof reading done ? 23 April 2014
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Did anyone else find many print errors in this Kindle book. Some of them were so bad they almost stopped my enjoyment of the actual story - and they certainly weren't in the hard copy of this book I got from my local library. I'm not talking about grammar, but actual errors in the set-up (letters missed off words etc). Still love Mad Max though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Mad max 5 Feb 2014
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I really hate being told how many damn word I have to write in a review so in future I will just use this phrase over and over again until this review policy is changed
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