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The Mistress of Alderley: A Novel of Suspense

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  132 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Robert Barnard, one of the great contemporary masters of classic mystery, returns with a brilliant new tale of passion and deception.
Well-known actress Caroline Fawley has given up a successful stage and television career for love and life in the country. International business titan Marius Fleetwood can't marry her. He already has a wife, though he claims they are "just
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ebook, 288 pages
Published March 11th 2003 by Scribner (first published September 1st 2000)
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Marfita
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Caroline Fawley thinks she has the perfect set-up: a manor house, her children around her, and a great lover who only drops in on weekends and is underwriting the whole shebang. After two bad marriages, she doesn't want to marry again and is happy to give up her relatively successful career as an actor (now that she's middle-aged and she's past the lead roles and still a bit young for "character" parts) to be a full-time mistress.
The people in the town are torn between the plus of having a cele
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Erin
Nov 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently made a trip to the local library intent on picking out books I would enjoy while on my vacation. I began with The Tiger Claw (disappointing), and immediately worried that I no longer knew how to pick a good book. The Mistress of Alderley, a straight-up whodunit, reassured me, as it was not only an impossibly addictive read, but despite my earnest intention to pay attention to “those I least suspected” (in order to solve the mystery and prove myself smarter than the author), I did not ...more
Scilla
Apr 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caroline, mistress to Marius, is living at Alderley, an elegant country house. She believes he has set it up so she could continue if he were to die. Caroline has been married before and she prefers being a mistress. Marius is married, but has convinced Caroline he no longer has sex with her but wants to stay married. Shortly after Marius announces his wife is pregnant, Caroline's eldest daughter, Olivia, is the star in an opera. Marius leaves the show, and is found murdered. He had set up an ap ...more
Bonnie G
Aug 04, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anglophiles
This is one of those take a break books that I love. I am happy to have found a new (to me) British author who appears to be prolific. This book features a mistress of the adulterous sort, but she is really likeable and gets along well with her paramour's wife. Unfortunately for her, he is the one who gets murdered and the murderer is somewhat of a surprise.
Andrea Sachs
This was a very satisfying mystery. Interesting characters, some humor and again a typical English setting in a village near Leeds. I have always like Robert Barnard's books, and I'm glad I have two more to read in the future.
Nina
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing special about this book. It's a standard British mystery - I could imagine it being remade for TV for Mystery! on channel 13. Modern Agatha Christie, but without the panache. Quick read, nothing captivating, but nothing horrible either. It is what it is.
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Christine
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Slim but enjoyable tale of a murdered supermarket magnate and the people surrounding him, notably his actress mistress, one in a long line, and her opera-star daughter.
Janet
A wealthy man is murdered and his mistress discovers how he'd misled her.
Mark Macatee
This was okay, although not one of his best. Pretty predictable.
Tonya
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little slow to start. Not bad, but not great. It was a quick read.
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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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