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A Scandal in Belgravia (John Sutcliffe #2)

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Murder pays no respect to rank...or the neighborhood. And so it happened that young aristocrat Timothy Wycliffe was bludgeoned to death in his elegantly furnished flat in Belgravia by a person or persons unknown. Unknown, in fact, for 30 years.Then the dead man's friend Peter Proctor -- once a young man on his way up in the diplomatic service, now a retired Member of Parli...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 1991)
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Lukasz Pruski
Peter Proctor boards Amtrak from Los Angeles to San Diego. In San Diego, he stays at the Ulysses S. Grant Hotel and interviews a witness in a house "with a view out to the intense blue of the Pacific". A Southern California mystery novel, right? Raymond Chandler? Ross Macdonald? Wrong. Robert Barnard's "A Scandal in Belgravia" is as British as they come, with all the British silliness about social class and "having gone to a good enough school". This is a wonderful little book. One of the better...more
Scandal In Belgravia reads more like a section of Anthony Powell's Dance than it does your usual mystery novel. Peter Proctor, a recently sacked cabinet minister, is writing his memoirs, but is making no progress because he has been waylaid by memories of the murder of a friend with whom he had worked in the Foreign Office in the 1950s. The aura of the 1950s political world is painted as one with thinly veiled snobbery, corruption, and sexual hypocrisy. Timothy Wycliff was the aristocratic young...more
An ousted MP settles down to write his memoirs only to discover that his extensive political life was actually boring and pointless when he considers the murder of his friend from the Foreign Office days. The murder seemed straightforward, but there was no trial and everyone seems to have forgotten about it. He decides his memoirs can wait until he teases out what actually transpired that night in 1956 when a gentle and infinitely likeable man was beaten to death.
Barnard provides more than a mys...more

The last book of Barnard's I read was Death of a Mystery Writer, a glorious near Colin Watson-style comedy. This book is very much more serious -- and in fact I'd claim it as a fairly substantial work of fiction, reminiscent perhaps of John le Carre, perhaps of Somerset Maugham. Retired UK civil servant Peter Proctor decides to investigate the long-ago murder of his friend Timothy Wycliffe, a crime probably covered up because of government embarrassment over Wycliffe's outrageously gay lifestyle...more
a good mystery read, but, also, more than that. An excellent commentary of British thinking and politics after WWII. As one character noted, the young people of today possibly could not fathom the atmosphere back then.
I grab a Barnard every once in a while and always wonder how it is I don't have him on my "conditioned reflex reading" list.

This one tracks the murder of a gay Foreign Officer official in murky circs., in the wake of the Suez crisis that (apparently) marked the beginning of the end of Britain's international influence.

It's a sneaky little book with a surprise at the end.

Highly enjoyable.
A good mystery with a twist of an ending. A retired politician is determined to solve the murder of his friend from 1950s London. His friend was a charming young aristocrat with a wide circle of friends. He was an open homosexual at a time when it was illegal and could result in a jail sentence.
A superior entry in Barnard's widely diverse set of mystery novels. This one is a well-told tale of a long-ago murder and explores the extremely difficult lives of homosexuals in 1950's Great Britain. At base this is a sad, sad story, but it has its redeeming moments.
May 19, 2008 Rae rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
A retired Foreign Office diplomat, while writing his memoirs, becomes obsessed with a thirty year old murder case involving a homosexual colleague. Barnard utilizes his narrative well and gives the reader a grim ending.
Mar 14, 2010 Deb added it
I learned about auto-asphyxiation from this book. When I read in the New York Times that most doctors are not familiar with this game, I wonder what they've all been doing with their lives - not reading, certainly.
Mark Macatee
Wonderful book. Completely unlike any of the other books I have read. Not really a murder mystery. More of a reflection of a time. Beautifully written.
Fantastic twist ending. Really well done, like all of Barnard's books.
Good read with an interesting twist at the end!
This is quite good.
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Aka Bernard Bastable.

Robert Barnard (born 23 November 1936) is an English crime writer, critic and lecturer.

Born in Essex, Barnard was educated at the Royal Grammar School in Colchester and at Balliol College in Oxford. His first crime novel, A Little Local Murder, was published in 1976. The novel was written while he was a lecturer at University of Tromsø in Norway. He has gone on to write more t...more
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