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Sing a Worried Song

(Arthur Beauchamp #6)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Everything is going well for Arthur Beauchamp in his early middle age. Life is so good for the top-notch defence lawyer that, in a moment of career restlessness, he decides to switch sides, just the once, and prosecute a young man charged with murdering a clown. Beauchamp is confident he can prove Randolph Skyler is guilty. Confident, but still worried and surprisingly bli ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 14th 2015 by ECW Press (first published March 20th 2015)
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Matt
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
William Deverell offers up another wonderful legal thriller, taking his protagonist back into the earlier days of his eventful legal career once again. By 1987, Arthur Beauchamp has made quite the name for himself as a criminal defence attorney. However, as with any challenging job, there are always new hurdles and adventures to overcome. When asked to act as prosecutor on the retrial of a murder, he obliges. Hoping for a three-day trial where he will again present the air-tight evidence, Beauch ...more
Sharon
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I so enjoy Arthur Beauchamp, I've gotten to know him over the years and he's charming and loveable, as much as a lawyer can be that is. At this point in his life, he's remarried to an ambitious member of parliament who spends lots of time away from the Island in Ottawa. That's hard on both of them I suspect. In this book he's got a new gig, he's defending one of the Island's own, there's not a lot of evidence and not a lot of evidence on his client's side. Arthur needs to depend on his intellige ...more
Philip
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super Read! It was well worth the long wait for this welcome addition to the Arthur Beauchamp series. I am not even going to try to slot this one into a genre because with the possible exception of suspense/thriller I don't have any idea of where it fits. I just know it's a damn fine story! All of the usual array of zany characters are here and all in fine form. Stoney and Dog are as outrageous as ever - could it really be true that Dog really reformed and dried out? Not likely I expect! Both ep ...more
Cathy Austin
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Retired fictional QC Arthur Beauchamp lives happily on Garibaldi Island where not much happens but when it does, it does with a pow!
Arthur is very much worried in this book; a man he put away 25 years ago is out and bent on finding Arthur and killing him off. That trial kicks the story off then we hit the present day with a now middle aged Arthur, also an AA grad, into his seemingly happy second marriage (he worries this may not be so) and living with daily troubles like his vehicle not working
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Patty
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Long before he retired to bucolic Garibaldi Island, legendary legal defender Arthur Beauchamp prosecuted a case—and earned a conviction against the murderer of a beloved street character in Vancouver's Downtown East Side during Expo 86. The murderer swore revenge and now he's out on parole after being a model prisoner and working in a remote Ontario park—or is he? The slightly unhinged defence council in the case turns up on Garibaldi to warn Arthur about the long ago pledge of revenge. Is it th ...more
Leo Buijs
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Pretty funny particularly for 'west-coasters' and people that are familiar with 'Island Life.'
Steve Stanton
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Veteran Canadian novelist William Deverell is back with another fine Arthur Beauchamp mystery told with comedic pathos, taking the reader back to 1987 in a fictional recreation of the infamous thrill killing of a Vancouver street person by a young man visiting from Toronto. Beauchamp is an alcoholic going into his third week sober, married to an adulterous woman, and embroiled in his first case as a Crown Attorney, having plied his trade on the defence side of the courtroom for many years. The t ...more
M Tat
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
There's a decent story here, however it really amounts to a _short_ story drawn out over ~300 pages.

Characters are well established and visualize well for the reader. The immersion into things litigative works in two ways: it contextualizes the environment and it--effectively albeit ephemerally--creates a third character (or machination, take your pick) with emphatic influence. This work would be a sorry wreck without this particular immersion.

What severely _dulls_ this and overextends it is the
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Richard Thompson
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book opens in 1987 with Arthur Beauchamp QC in a rare turn as prosecuting attorney. Randolph Skyler had been tried several months earlier in Vancouver, BC for the "thrill killing" of street performer called Chumpy the Clown. Arthur has been hired by the Crown to act as prosecutor.

The second and third sections of the book see Arthur twenty-five years later on fictional Garibaldi Island with its cast of eccentric and (often) annoying characters with improbable names. (For some reason, I found
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Kendra
May 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was eager to read another Arthur Beauchamp novel and happy when this came up on my library holds list. A typical A.R. Beauchamp novel involves a lot of colourful, aging hippies and bumpkins spicing up Arthur's otherwise staid and bucolic retired existence. This one adds a large chunk of his heyday in the 80s, focusing on a case where we was the Crown prosecutor, that comes back to haunt him in his now-retired days. Arthur and his zany neighbours and friends make for fun reading in the legal my ...more
Diana Donnelly
Nov 04, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a Goodreads win and a new author for me. The main character, Arthur Beauchamp, is a worry wart and also a struggling alcoholic. I really enjoyed the first half of this book even though I have gotten away from courtrooms after being inundated with them. I omitted mentioning that Beauchamp was a lawyer with a cheating wife. I truly was absorbed with the first half of the book but then it lost something for me. Since I liked the the main character I will definitely try reading another book ...more
Vontel
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting to chart the progress of retired lawyer, Arthur Beauchamp, on his Gulf Island with all its' characters, his 2nd wife who is the sole Green Party MP in Ottawa, and the sorrows of his past life as a practicing defence lawyer and partner in Vancouver. The case/mystery involved goes back to the Expo '86 days, and leads to a death threat in current time, from the one time he successful prosecuted a case for the crown in a murder charge. Turns out it's based somewhat on a case Deverell was ...more
Eric Wright
Nov 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: canadian, fiction, mystery
Arthur Beauchamp, famed defence lawyer is persuaded to join the crown in convicting a young man for a thrill killing of a clown in Vancouver. The author paints Beauchamp and those around him quite well, but the long drawn out passages about the trial and Beauchamp’s propensity to worry…prove worrying and tiring. Years elapse after the successful prosecution and Beauchamp in retired on Garibaldi Island with a new wife, but still prone to worry. I kept on determined to finish, and did find it a we ...more
Debbie
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Apparently this is not the first book in the Arthur Beauchamp series. There were many stories, characters and backgrounds that I just did not follow. I did like the sneaky way Arthur presented his case both at the Skylar trial and especially the Dog trial. I'm thinking that if I went back and read the others in this series that I would enjoy it even more. That's not to say this one wasn't entertaining in parts, but there were some parts I just didn't get.

Thank you ECW Press and Net Galley for pr
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Bev
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Arthur Beauchamp is one of the most delightful characters I've met -- highly intelligent, self-depricating, and hilarious. He is a retired QC now living on fictitious (but very recognizable) Garibaldi Island, surrounded by a host of island characters. In this book, a sadistic killer whom Beauchamp convicted twenty-five years ago has received parole, and Arthur hears that he intends to inflict revenge on him. A very entertaining read.
Ellen
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I love William Deverell's writing and I love stories about Arthur Beauchamp. Having said that, I felt this book was written "because he needed to write another book". Not because he had a story to tell. I still liked it and it was quite readable and I didn't want to put it down (sort of) because I wanted to know how things turned out, but it did lack a certain freshness/uniqueness that his others stories have.
Deb
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I am reading the antics of Arthur Beauchamp completely out of order as this is the sixth book in the series - but the first one that I read! I had a couple of Deverell's books in my library from the 70's - so when he came to our independent bookstore for a reading, I went. I liked the book, and will probably start reading the rest in the correct sequence! A Canadian author, with a few writing awards under his belt. Always good to support our own!
Margaret1358 Joyce
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Written in 2015 by a high-profile left-leaning Canadian lawyer with a definite flair for words large and small and a frank, playful, at times very funny approach to serious subject matter, this is a satisfying read. Set in the province of British Columbia, the tale offers generous references to a variety of current social, cultural and political goings-on.
William
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
An easy delightful read --particularly for someone familiar with Vancouver area and the workings of the Canadian judicial system. I loved the local color and the characters. The story was interesting but rather simple. Fine stage for the various locals to perform and for the lower BC geography description. Those not familiar with the area might not enjoy it quite as much as I did.
Deann Eckdahl
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Gail
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another Arthur Beauchamp novel - what a treat. I can't decide which "solve a mystery while being a witty, quirky, funny lawyer" series I like best - this one or David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series. Oh well, guess I'll have to keep reading both! Enjoy.
Lori
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
ending seemed liked going through the motions, not very climatic.
Smkelly
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Quick easy read. Amusing characters. Rumpole of the Bailey of the coast of BC
Lis
Nov 07, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a very mixed bag. The first half -- the trial -- was well done. The second half, taking place 25 years later, was slapstick and rather dumb (too self-consciously "funny").
Beth
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
His best yet!
Selmah Smith
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book would have had a 5 star rating from me if I had not been so disappointed by favored character, Margaret Blake.
Linda
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Arthur is my hero. I was worried for a while that we weren't going to get to the funny parts. But soon the full cast showed up on Garibaldi. Damn, now I have to wait for the next one.
John Dunn
May 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Deverell has an amazing command of the English language. His witty remarks and nutty characters keep me chuckling throughout. I can't wait for the next book in the Arthur Beauchamp series!!
Kbeckermann
rated it it was ok
Jul 08, 2015
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William Deverell was born in 1937 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He put himself through law school by working as a journalist for the Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, and Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Deverell served as counsel for over a thousand criminal cases and is a founding director and former president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. He created the television series, Street Legal, and has writte ...more

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