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Dying Flames

3.14  ·  Rating Details ·  84 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
From Robert Barnard, the internationally acclaimed Diamond Dagger-winning crime writer . . . Some memories are better left buried in the past. Well-known author Graham Broadbent has managed to repress one particularly dangerous memory for many years, but a trip home to a school reunion brings back the shocking reality of a desperate youthful passion.

It all begins with a kn
Hardcover, Large Print, 327 pages
Published August 31st 2006 by Wheeler Publishing (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jul 10, 2012 Marfita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Poor Graham - a 3-day one-night stand turns into a nightmare decades later when a comely young thing shows up at his hotel room and calls him "Daddy." Poor Graham - and he's fallen in love with his "daughter." The best-selling author who couldn't make a relationship stick now has a family, if a dysfunctional one ... and the new status leads to murder.
His old flame, Peggy, has morphed into a plump, manipulating drama queen. Well, maybe the change was only in age and weight and he just didn't not
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Mar 31, 2008 Rob Jones rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book was okay. I've read a large number of Robert Barnard's books and enjoyed them a lot, but this one was not very satisfying. It wasn't a terribly good mystery plot and I hate it when the main character in a book is an author. You know the old axiom "Write what you know." Well, it seems that many authors after a while, all they know is being an author. So their main characters suddenly all become authors, which is really dull.
Sep 12, 2011 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a nice writer Robert Barnard is! I like his quirky English mysteries, each one with a different setting and characters, many with a revelation on the last page that alters your perception of what happened. I read a lot of his books many years ago and rediscovered him lately by accident. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Not too serious, with a decent person at the center.
Jun 03, 2013 Dancomfort rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent mystery from the British Master. A girl shows up at a writer's hotel room and claims she is his daughter. He can prove he's not; but he did have an affair with her mother that may have produced a son. The writer is soon involved with his old flame, her children, and then son that might be his. And there there is a murder.

This book is full of great characters.
Jul 13, 2010 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A well-known author is drawn into contact with the family of an old flame, many years after he separated from her. Peggy, her children, her parents, and their connections, are all interestingly and entertainingly drawn. I started out thinking I wasn't going to like the main character, but he responded well to difficult circumstances. The final twist left me with a warm smile.
A slow moving, but intriguing, mystery that gradually picks up speed. The murder doesn't occur until after halfway through the book but there is no doubt as to who the victim will be. Who the murderer will be comes as a complete surprise.
Louise Armstrong
Jul 31, 2011 Louise Armstrong rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
He's done better than this, surely? I know he puts lots of effort into his books because I went to a library talk that he did that was great, but this was a silly book.
Feb 18, 2014 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read it immediately after Mistress of Alderly and didn't like it as much, although still did enjoy reading the story.
Jun 18, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i rate this at 1 star (cant edit the 3 star error up there). How does the murder happen when the book is just about over?
Mar 07, 2012 Gail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, not-owned
Not one of his best.
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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
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