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Posthumous Papers (Bello) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Barnard
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There were two Mrs Machins, relicts of the talented working-class writer Walter Machin, who was just about to be immortalised by the literary establishment. Viola was large, overbearing and, even in her seventies, still voluptuous. Hilda, the first (and divorced) Mrs Machin, was perky, sharp and the guardian of the deceased Walter’s literary papers. For ten years the two ‘widows’ had lived together in the same house, not speaking to each other, but jealously guarding his memory and literary reputation.

But before the Machin legend could really take off, there was a fire – and a murder. One of the Mrs Machins was silenced for good, and slowly, from the past, emerged a fascinating and intriguing assortment of characters. Somewhere, in their memories of Walter Machin, lay the catastrophic secret that had led to murder.

‘A literary whodunit – with an unusual ending’ London Mystery Selection

‘Freshly written with lots of sly fun’ Guardian

‘Finely crafted and intriguing’ Booklist

‘A witty, well-written and intriguing story’ Times Literary Supplement



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About the Author

Robert Barnard was a well-established crime writer. He won the prestigious Nero Wolfe Award as well as the Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards, was been nominated eight times for the Edgar Award and was the winner of the 2003 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for a lifetime of achievement. He also wrote crime novels under the pseudonym of Bernard Bastable. He lived with his wife in Leeds and had over 45 titles published in the UK and US.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 625 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Bello (29 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AER80FG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best twist. 10 Nov. 2013
By Edmund
Format:Kindle Edition
I am reading my way through all of this author's work. This is number five and whilst I enjoy his character writing and his vivid background his denouments usually are weak almost as if he were bored. Not this time this literary thriller has an amazing conclusion. I believe that after reading them all this will prove to be in the top three. Brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever plot, well written 20 Oct. 2013
By feering
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A rather unexpected pleasure. I read an obituary of Robert Barnard, who died a week or two ago, and it mentioned this book and I thought I would get it. It is rather old fashioned for nowadays - no violence and a very gentle murder, but with nice characterisation and a good story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird women 28 Jun. 2013
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Suspend belief on this one. Two widows of the same husband living a lie in the same house for all those years? Nevertheless, it's an entertaining read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 19 May 2015
By ellis
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Another good entertaining read from Robert barnard.
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