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Treasure in Oxford (Bello) [Paperback]

David Williams
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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2 Feb 2012 Bello
It's high summer in Oxford. The university vacation has just begun. The eight governors of the Moneybuckle Endowment (an architectural library) are assembling at All Saints College for the annual dinner before their meeting under chairman Mark Treasure, merchant banker. The talk at the table is of some pricey sketches said to be by Constable, and an offer from a dealer in the town. But the talk turns to shock when murder's done in Walton Street with the sketches as the obvious motive. The police are quick to make an arrest, but Treasure is sure they've got the wrong suspect-even though all other likely culprits are Moneybuckle governors, or Moneybuckle's custodian himself.

'As nifty a puzzle as clever Williams has yet devised, redolent with the reddest of herrings.' Sunday Times

'Elegant, literate, ingenious and a joy to read.' Birmingham Post

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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Bello (2 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447215354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447215356
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 15.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,158,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Williams was a writer best known for his crime-novel series featuring the banker Mark Treasure and police inspector DI Parry.

After serving as Naval Officer in the Second World War, Williams completed a History degree at St Johns College, Oxford before embarking on a career in advertising. He became a full-time fiction writer in 1978.

Williams wrote twenty-three novels, seventeen of which were part of the Mark Treasure series of whodunnits which began with Unholy Writ (1976). His experience in both the Anglican Church and the advertising world informed and inspired his work throughout his career.

Two of Williams' books were shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award, and in 1988 he was elected to the Detection Club.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Period-Piece 23 Feb 2013
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This was an interesting and well-written book, needs to be read as a period-piece now, as things have changed in terms of technology so much since the eighties. A traditional mystery, with plenty of description of Oxford thrown in. Quite a light and relaxing read, and has been properly edited and formatted for the Kindle. It is interesting how a book a little over twenty years old now seems as remote as those from the 1930s. Can't imagine a senior banker being held in such respect now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Treasure? 27 Feb 2013
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Belongs in the Golden Age of detective writing. Would have given 5 stars but for a slightly predictable ending. Definitely an enjoyable read, especially for anyone who knows the streets of Oxford. Will read more Treasure novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just right for your holiday 19 Aug 2013
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I come from Oxford so the title drew me but glad it did. Made a welcome change, I will be looking for this author in future though he may well be producing quite different novels by now.
a good read but on the light side.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Treasured Touch 11 April 2013
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I have read several Treasure books. Mark Treasure moves in high places and gets himself involved in subtle crimes, which he solves with thought and a careful, dignified dutiful approach which is almost unenthusiastic. A proper gentleman even.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a satiisfying book 4 Mar 2014
By Mrs
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This is a satisfying book - sufficient misdirection without being unfair, and one is invited to like the right characters. I plan to read more by this author
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good enough story 6 Dec 2013
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The story is fine. I know Oxford well and that added to the pleasure as the tale unfolded.

The author builds the plot well, although I found it a little hard to place some of the characters initially, but once I had them settled things worked well enough.

My only complaint is in the format, for some pieces have been run together and you can find that you have suddenly changed scene. It may have been audio transcribed as there are some aural howlers; dow for Dao as an example.

Small niggles though. I will try another in the series.
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