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April Fool

(Arthur Beauchamp #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  37 reviews
An irresistible story of justice heading off the rails.

Arthur Beauchamp, the scholarly, self-doubting legend of the B.C. criminal bar (and one of Deverell’s most amiable — and crafty — protagonists), is enjoying his retirement as a hobbyist farmer on B.C.’s Garibaldi Island when he is dragged back to court to defend an old client. Nick “the Owl” Faloon, once one of the wor
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 26th 2006 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 2005)
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Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Returning to the world of William Deverell, I found myself enthralled by this second novel in the Arthur Beauchamp series. Free of the inherent glory of literary awards, the reader is able to get to the core of the story; two powerful legal matters. Enjoying life as a goat farmer on Garibaldi Island, off British Columbia’s mainland, Arthur Beauchamp has not missed the fast-paced life as a defence attorney. Married to his once neighbour, Margaret, Beauchamp has been able to enjoy the quiet life. ...more
Aug 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Bonnie by: Purchased from Bill at the Whistlers Fest.
Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award and deservingly so. I felt far away from here -- as though I had travelled to a vacation spot: hugely entertaining and good writing, to boot.

This is the second of the Arthur Beachamp series and I read this second. Now to go to the first. (I am reading the three Arthur's -- so far -- in reverse order.)
This was just as entertaining as the first book in the series. Famous Canadian barrister Arthur Beauchamp decides to come out of retirement to help out an old client who has been arrested on murder charges. I really enjoyed the author's writing style, all the characters, and found the plot very engaging.
I would definitely recommend that you read the first book in the series, Trial By Jury, before enjoying April Fool. The main character in both books is Arthur Beauchamp. I think I developed a crush on Arthur while reading the first book. In order to appreciate his situation in April Fool, you need to know a little bit about him. He used to be a respected and highly paid criminal lawyer in Vancouver, Canada. A recovering alcoholic, he decided to retire from the pressures of high profile trials. H ...more
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Deverell's characters are believable and very amusing. Attorney Arthur Beauchamp is pulled from his retirement as a gentleman farmer to defend a likable thief wrongly accused of rape. Simultaneously, he is involved in Green Party protests over logging on his beloved island. British Columbia environs are vivid, as are the court and countryside scenes. This page-turner will have you laughing out loud--and planning a trip to explore the Gulf Islands. I'm eager to read another in the Beauchamp serie ...more
April Fool, the second in William Deverell’s Arthur Beauchamp legal series, entwines two stories in one. The main one, the one in which Beauchamp is the shining star, is a traditional who-done-it. A former client of his, a renowned jewel-thief and compulsive liar, has been accused of rape and murder. How could this be? Is there going to be a miscarriage of justice? To ensure not, Arthur leaves his happy retirement refuge on Garibaldi Island and re-enters the fray of the courtroom. But to prove h ...more
Coreena McBurnie
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
I read this book while sitting on a beach on an island very near to Garibaldi Island, where Arthur Beauchamp, the main character, lives. I love all of the description of island life and the pace of things on the island. There is some great description of the forests and people - Deverell has a great vocabulary and he uses it.

April Fool is told in the present tense, something that was a bit hard to get used to. There was often changes in point of view and the characters went back into their thou
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read "April Fool" as a part of my "Read Canadian Authors Series in Order" project and while I must say I enjoyed it I did not enjoy it nearly as much as the first "Arthur Beauchamp" novel - "Trial Of Passion".
I suspect if I had read it first my opinion would have been the complete opposite!
While Trial of Passion had me laughing and giggling all the time and even downright guffawing at times April Fool just sort of felt like "Been there - Done that!"
I mean I don't know how many more sight g
Craig Sisterson
Apr 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, canada
The doyen of Canadian crime writing, Deverell continues to rack up awards and acclaim thirty years after first picking up the fiction-writing pen as a sideline to his career as a top criminal barrister.

The award-winning April Fool marks the return of one of Deverell’s most beloved characters; Arthur Beauchamp, a Denny Crane-esque legal legend now retired to a hobby farm on one of British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. Beauchamp’s quiet life is upturned when his environmental activist wife decides to
Neill Smith
May 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Arthur Beauchamp has been spending his retirement learning about his hobby farm among ex- and new hippy neighbours on a Gulf Island close to Vancouver Island when his final client, a small gentle con man he unsuccessfully defended on a rape charge, is again charged with murdering a couples counselor in nearby Bamfield. Arthur's life has been recently complicated when his new wife has become embroiled in plans to oppose a development in the wilderness of his chosen island and the surrounding area ...more
Judie Holliday
Very much a book of two halves. The murder happens early, the stage is set and then the author leaves the subject for over 100 pages to concentrate on the subplot. Does much the same thing, in reverse, in the second half. I would have like a little more balance - might have make the book easier to read and some of the crossover characters easier to care about. Ironically, the person our hero cares most about (his wife, Margaret) is the one it's hardest to care about at all, since we never meet h ...more
Nov 30, 2009 rated it liked it
This is not my usual genre, but it is set in British Columbia (where I live) and was recommended by a friend so I gave it a try. I confess, I enjoyed it.

It’s a murder mystery that is as much about the people and places as it is about the murder or the mystery. Deverell writes with a quiet humour that I found quite endearing and he has an obvious affection for his characters who are, for the most part, very well developed and real.

The ending was a little weak; it becomes quite obvious who did i
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Arthur Beauchamp, a lawyer retired from the British Columbia Criminal Bar is brought back into the courtroom on a mission to defend a veteran thief and former client from murder charges which Arthur is sure are false. Meanwhile, Arthur's environmental activist wife is illegally squatting in a tree on property she is determined to save from a developer's axe. I loved this book which is part mystery (a good one), part courtroom thriller and totally entertaining! Many quirky characters, a wonderful ...more
Bernie Charbonneau
Another good read by one of our own Canadian writers. After enjoying his latest release, I decided to head to the library to backtrack to some of his earlier works and with this novel winning some Canadian awards, I decided to start here. A good plot that Mr. Deverell mixes with humor, where I find myself laughing out load, and a who-don-it style that leaves me turning the pages. I will be looking forward to the sequel to this novel, Kill all the Judges, as if it is like this book, will be quite ...more
Nov 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
A retired lawyer is recalled from his idyllic home on an island off the B.C. coast to defend a jewel thief against murder charges in what seems like a hopeless case.

Meanwhile, developers threaten to destroy a delicate wilderness to put in suburb of wealthy homes, and William Beauchamp's wife climbs a tree and vows to stay put in protest.

A cast of colourful characters, and twists and turns in both cases kept me turning pages long past my bedtime.
Feb 23, 2009 rated it liked it
Read part in 2008, part in the first hours of this year, I suppose I was not in the mood. I liked the main character very much; a retired lawyer with many things shaking his visions of peaceful living but the solution of the mystery was not very neat IMHO. What I liked most were the characters all of them a bit twisted but likeable. I must read some other book in the series to appreciate the writer.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Arthur Beauchamp and his wife Margaret are two characters I could become very fond of. Unfortunately, I found the two storylines too tangled and I lost interest in their outcomes. I will try.another book in the series in the hopes that second time us a charm.
Irene D
Apr 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a wonderful, witty, story about a retired lawyer coming out of retirement to defend a former client and Jewell thief.
After the intelligent writing, the biggest allure for me was the locale, Bamfield and Vancouver, B.C.
I MUST tread more of William Deverell's books!
Michael McPherson
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I like all of Deverell's mysteries, and this was no exception. His writing draws you in, and his characters are vivid. The Owl is my favourite.
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Written Deverell's usual droll style with a new cast of odd characters thrown into the mix. Enjoyed it very much.
May 20, 2009 rated it liked it
This was a really light / fun read I enjoyed reading in a hammock in the Pantanal region of Brazil. A great little mystery perfect for vacation reading.
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
A book that is too easy to put down.
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
light mystery, good story, not particularly well written.
Sep 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Very slow going I thought. Interesting with being set on the coast of BC but not sure I will read another
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, mild-mannered murder mystery, focusing on barrister Arthur Beauchamp, retired to his hobby farm but called back into action when his oft-defended kleptomaniac client is accused of a murder.
Michael Laxton
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well written and good characters, location brings back memories of my visits to the Gulf Islands.
Jul 07, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
Bought this while vacationing in Vancouver Island. While it had some fun images for me with the setting I found it a pretty dull read.
Sep 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Re reading for book club.
Didn't finish because the two overlapping plots were filled with silly characters.
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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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