Robert Barnard Books

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Author Robert Barnard was born in Essex on November the twenty-third in 1936 and educated in Colchester Royal Grammar School, as well as at Balliol College in Oxford. His first crime novel was published in 1976 and he wrote it while he worked as a lecturer at the University of Tromso, which is located in Norway. The first twelve of his novels were written when Barnard taught English Literature at universities in Norway and Australia, this was between the years of 1960 until 1983. Barnard once stated that his favorite crime writer was Agatha Christie; he would publish a critique of all of her works.

Order of Amadeus Mozart Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dead, Mr. Mozart 1994 Description / Buy
2 Too Many Notes, Mr. Mozart 1995 Description / Buy

Order of Charlie Peace Series

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1 Death and the Chaste Apprentice 1989 Description / Buy
2 A Fatal Attachment 1992 Description / Buy
3 A Hovering of Vultures 1993 Description / Buy
4 The Bad Samaritan 1995 Description / Buy
5 No Place of Safety 1997 Description / Buy
6 The Corpse at the Haworth Tandoori 1998 Description / Buy
7 Unholy Dying / Turbulent Priest 2001 Description / Buy
8 The Bones in the Attic 2002 Description / Buy
9 A Fall from Grace 2007 Description / Buy
10 The Killings on Jubilee Terrace 2009 Description / Buy
11 A Charitable Body 2012 Description / Buy

Order of Idwal Meredith Series

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1 Unruly Son / Death of a Mystery Writer 1979 Description / Buy
2 At Death's Door 1988 Description / Buy

Order of John Sutcliffe Series

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1 Political Suicide 1986 Description / Buy
2 A Scandal in Belgravia 1991 Description / Buy

Order of Perry Trethowan Series

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1 Death by Sheer Torture / Sheer Torture 1981 Description / Buy
2 Death and the Princess 1982 Description / Buy
3 The Case of the Missing Brontë / The Missing Brontë 1983 Description / Buy
4 Bodies 1986 Description / Buy
5 Death In Purple Prose / The Cherry Blossom Corpse 1987 Description / Buy

Order of Robert Barnard Standalone Novels

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1 Death of an Old Goat 1974 Description / Buy
2 A Little Local Murder 1976 Description / Buy
3 Death on the High C's 1977 Description / Buy
4 Blood Brotherhood 1977 Description / Buy
5 Posthumous Papers / Death of a Literary Widow 1979 Description / Buy
6 Death in a Cold Climate 1981 Description / Buy
7 Death of a Perfect Mother / Mother's Boys 1981 Description / Buy
8 School for Murder / Little Victims 1983 Description / Buy
9 A Corpse in a Gilded Cage 1984 Description / Buy
10 Fete Fatale / The Disposal of the Living 1985 Description / Buy
11 Out of the Blackout 1985 Description / Buy
12 The Skeleton in the Grass 1988 Description / Buy
13 A City of Strangers 1990 Description / Buy
14 To Die Like a Gentleman 1993 Description / Buy
15 The Masters of the House 1994 Description / Buy
16 A Mansion and Its Murder 1998 Description / Buy
17 A Murder in Mayfair / Touched by the Dead 1999 Description / Buy
18 The Mistress of Alderley 2000 Description / Buy
19 A Cry from the Dark 2003 Description / Buy
20 Dying Flames 2005 Description / Buy
21 The Graveyard Position 2005 Description / Buy
22 Last Post 2007 Description / Buy
23 A Stranger in the Family 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Robert Barnard Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Breakfast Television 1987 Description / Buy
2 The Woman in the Wardrobe (Short Story) 1987 Description / Buy
3 More Final Than Divorce (Short Story) 1988 Description / Buy
4 The Habit of Widowhood (Short Story) 1991 Description / Buy
5 The Gentleman in the Lake 1994 Description / Buy
6 Nothing to Lose (Short Story) 2000 Description / Buy
7 Dognapped 2002 Description / Buy
8 Everybody’s Girl 2005 Description / Buy
9 The Old Couple (Short Story) 2006 Description / Buy
10 Provenance (Short Story) 2006 Description / Buy

Order of Robert Barnard Short Story Collections

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1 Death of a Salesperson and Other Untimely Exits 1989 Description / Buy
2 The Habit of Widowhood and Other Murderous Proclivities 1996 Description / Buy
3 Rogue's Gallery 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Robert Barnard Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Imagery and Theme in the Novels of Dickens 1974 Description / Buy
2 A Talent to Deceive: Appreciation of Agatha Christie 1980 Description / Buy
3 A Short History of English Literature 1984 Description / Buy
4 Emily Brontë 2000 Description / Buy
5 A Bronte Encyclopedia ( With: Louise Barnard) 2007 Description / Buy
6 The Leisure Hour Improved: Or Moral Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, Original and Selected 2015 Description / Buy
7 A Wreath from the Wilderness, a Selection from the Metrical Arrangements of Accola Montis-Am Ni 2016 Description / Buy

Robert Barnard Anthologies

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1 A Suit of Diamonds 1991 Description / Buy
2 Fifty Best Mysteries 1993 Description / Buy
3 2nd Culprit 1993 Description / Buy
4 Criminal Records 2000 Description / Buy
5 Malice Domestic 9 2000 Description / Buy
6 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000 Description / Buy
7 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002 Description / Buy
8 Much Ado About Murder 2002 Description / Buy
9 Thou Shalt Not Kill 2005 Description / Buy
10 The Detection Collection 2005 Description / Buy
11 The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 7 2010 Description / Buy
12 The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime 8 2011 Description / Buy
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So it was a great source of pride for him that he would share, for a short time an editor with Christie (who was named Elizabeth Walter). He spent six years in Australia where he met and married the woman that he would be with for the rest of his life. It was also here in Australia that he gathered material for his first novel “Death of An Old Goat”. Even though he found more popularity in America, he wrote the traditional English murder mystery novel, especially the cozy side of crime writing.

Barnard found that the number one goal of all writing fiction was to entertain the audience, and that was something that he did in every novel that he wrote. He died September nineteenth 2013, and left behind his wife Louise, to whom he was married to for about fifty years. The cause of death was rapid onset dementia that he got in the last year of his life and that caused him to be in a nursing home.

Robert Barnard wrote the “Charlie Peace” series, the “Perry Trethowan” novels, quite a few stand alone novels, some non-fiction, and some short stories. In some of his non-fiction, he wrote about the works of Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, and a history of English Literature. Under the name Bernard Bastable, he wrote two alternate history books about Mozart as a detective in old age, and two stand alone novels. Barnard never topped bestseller lists due to the fact that his work was not adapted for television or movies or large paperback print runs.


In 2003, Barnard was given the Cartier Diamond Dagger by the Crime Writers Association for lifetime achievement. He was also nominated for the Edgar Award eight times, one of which for his Agatha Christie book.


For those looking to get into Robert Barnard’s work, this next section will help with that. It will look at the novels: “Death by Sheer Torture”, “Death and the Chaste Apprentice”, and “A Corpse In A Gilded Cage”.

Death by Sheer Torture: This is the first novel in the “Perry Trethowan” series that was released in the year 1981. Inspector Perry Trethowan finds an obituary that says his estranged father has died due to his messing around with a kind of self-torture that is known as strappado. Very suspicious to Perry. His supervisor requests that Peter go back to his ancestral home so that he can figure out if any cousins or siblings of his may have helped his old man to his death.

Death and the Chaste Apprentice: This is the first novel in the “Charlie Peace” series that was released in the year 1989. “The Chaste Apprentice” is a play being put on at the annual fine arts festival. Des Capper is an obnoxious and Australian host at The Saracen’s Head Hotel, where the play is going to be put on and where the actors are staying. He is found killed, with a knife in his back. It is a symbolic gesture as Capper enjoys finding out the secrets from the cast members. The entire cast has an alibi, as the murder took place during the show, but all is not as it appears.

A Corpse In A Gilded Cage: This is a stand alone novel that was released in the year 1984. A working class man who lives in London named Perce Spender and is made an Earl (the twelfth Earl of Ellesmere) when a distant relative of his dies. He would rather be in a bar somewhere, and he has only agreed to go to Chetton Hall only so that he can sell it. Selling off the estate is not something that his greedy kids like, and after a party, the new Earl of Ellesmere is found dead. There are many of suspects for the Chief Constable to sift through.

When Does The Next Robert Barnard book come out?

Robert Barnard doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is A Wreath from the Wilderness, a Selection from the Metrical Arrangements of Accola Montis-Am Ni and was released on May, 22nd 2016. It is the newest book in the Robert Barnard Non-Fiction Books.

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