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Maxwell's Reunion (A Peter Maxwell mystery) [Hardcover]

M. J. Trow
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6 Dec 2001 A Peter Maxwell mystery
When Peter Maxwell attends a school reunion of the class of '65, all is not as it seems among his old chums. They are career men, family men - but the years have taken their toll, and the seething tensions of the school years surface in unlikely ways. At the end of the reunion weekend, a man is dead, hanging from the bell rope of the old school. When a second death occurs, Maxwell finds himself in the midst of a murder investigation. What is the secret that has been lurking under Maxwell's nose all these years - and could he be on the murderer's list for killing No. 3?


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  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; First Edition edition (6 Dec 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340767782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340767788
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,277 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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"1 Praise for the Maxwell series: 'The most sardonic wit in current crime fiction... One reads Trow's books for the brilliance of his writing' Birmingham Post (MAXWELL'S CURSE) 2 'A refreshingly original protagonist... Highly readable' The Times (MAXWELL'S WAR) 3 'Trow's touch has never been surer. Refreshing as ever, the characters simply leap off the page' Yorkshire Post (MAXWELL'S WAR) 4 'An impressive mix of humour, sadness and suspense, this is gripping to the very end' Mail on Sunday (MAXWELL'S MOVIE) 5 'Trow is a consummate plotter, not afraid to tread new ground, and his Maxwell stories exude compassion and wit in equal measure' Yorkshire Post (MAXWELL'S MOVIE)

About the Author

Educated at Warwick, London and Cambridge, M J Trow is now a teacher of History, and lives in a Victorian vicarage on the Isle of Wight with his wife and son. As well as the highly-acclaimed Maxwell series, Trow is the author of sixteen Inspector Lestrade crime novels and the non-fiction bestseller on the murder of Derek Bentley, Let Him Have It, Chris.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Reunion with murder 10 July 2002
Format:Paperback
History teacher and eccentric Peter 'Mad Max' Maxwell gets invited to a reunion for his friends at school. Unfortunately, the seventh and last guest, who never showed up at the hotel, is found hanging from the bellrope at the school. Soon another murder follows. Have they found themselves in a kind of 'Ten Little Indians' plot? As their school days is the only thing that unites them, the solution has to be found in their past. Will 'Mad Max' do so in time?
The 'Mad Max' series by M.J. Trow is humorous, although the crimes can be very black. 'Maxwell's Reunion' is a sound entry in this series, as well as well plotted.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mad max rides again 19 July 2014
By BazJay
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Like all of Mai Trow's stories, it's a taut thriller laced with much humour, historical and literary/filmic references. As a retired teacher on the Isle of Wight myself , I understand many of the educational "digs," and comments concerning Ofsted inspections and the vagaries of schoolchildren. From my point of view, long may "Mad" Max Maxwell continue to weave his magic - along with his "Police Woman" Jacquie Carpenter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Go Jaquie 30 July 2014
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Well Mei has done it again, another 'ripping yarn'. It's hard to put the book down and as with his other "Mad Max" stories it develops quite slowly and builds to a point where you have difficulty putting it to one side. The characters are well constructed and you find yourself with a mental image of each one. I can't wait to read the next in the series but I think I might have to do my ironing first!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maxwell goes to a school reunion...... 14 April 2014
By mandynolan TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Mad Max...Head of Sixth Form....has been invited to a school reunion....His old comrades will all be there but so will a killer....Once again Max is pulled into a murder investigation but this time he must be careful that he doesn't end up as one of the victims.....If you enjoy murder, wit, History and the Charge of the Light Brigade (which is, of course, very close to my heart!).... then this will be for you.....very funny and a must for all Sims users......
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good read 10 Jan 2014
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These Maxwell books do seem a bit 'samey' after a while but then I go back and read a couple more, so there is something addictive about them!
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