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The Little Victim (Country House Crime Mystery #4)

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Praise for R.T. Raichev:

"Deftly mixes dark humor and psychological suspense, its genteel surface masking delicious deviancy.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Mixes Henry James’s psychological insight with Agatha Christie’s whodunit plotting skills. . . . Raichev once again triumphs.”—Library Journal (starred review)

“Except for its modern-day setting, the book could have

Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Constable (first published 2009)
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Mystery writer Antonia Darcy and her husband Hugh Payne accompany an aged friend of the family on a trip to Goa to buy a villa from Roman, the local criminal mastermind. They are both fascinated and disgusted by the so-called tropical paradise, but when an expatriate detective tells Antonia that he saw Roman kill his well-born English mistress, they become involved in a twisty mystery. Can the detective be trusted? Is he even still alive? And what of Roman's jealous wife, whose lottery win was t...more
Margaret Quarrell
Didn't like it. Struggled to get through it. I quite liked the other Raichev books I have read but this one was boring in the extreme. I wondered if the author had ever been to India - perhaps he should keep Antonia and her husband in England. Nothing about it was believable or easy to relate to. Would not recommend it.
Strange people and plot. Major Payne was in rare form and Antonia was a stick-in-the-mud.
Although the Kirkus Review and the Library Review gush, I found the last two books by this author to be missing something. Not much detecting, a lot of talking, and POP! Mystery solved.
A dark mystery. The over-the-top carictatures kept me smiling so much despite my best efforts at control that I might seek out this author again.
Thought I would like this but it failed to hold my interest.
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R. T. Raichev is a researcher and writer who grew up in Bulgaria and wrote a university dissertation on English crime fiction. He has lived in London since 1989.

* Country House Crime Mystery
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