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

1Dead, Mr. Mozart 1994Description / Buy
2Too Many Notes, Mr. Mozart 1995Description / Buy

Order of Charlie Peace Series

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

Order of Idwal Meredith Series

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

Order of John Sutcliffe Series

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

Order of Perry Trethowan Series

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

Order of Robert Barnard Standalone Novels

1Death of an Old Goat 1974Description / Buy
2A Little Local Murder 1976Description / Buy
3Death on the High C's 1977Description / Buy
4Blood Brotherhood 1977Description / Buy
5Posthumous Papers / Death of a Literary Widow 1979Description / Buy
6Death in a Cold Climate 1981Description / Buy
7Death of a Perfect Mother / Mother's Boys 1981Description / Buy
8School for Murder / Little Victims 1983Description / Buy
9A Corpse in a Gilded Cage 1984Description / Buy
10Fete Fatale / The Disposal of the Living 1985Description / Buy
11Out of the Blackout 1985Description / Buy
12The Skeleton in the Grass 1988Description / Buy
13A City of Strangers 1990Description / Buy
14To Die Like a Gentleman 1993Description / Buy
15The Masters of the House 1994Description / Buy
16A Mansion and Its Murder 1998Description / Buy
17A Murder in Mayfair / Touched by the Dead 1999Description / Buy
18The Mistress of Alderley 2000Description / Buy
19A Cry from the Dark 2003Description / Buy
20Dying Flames 2005Description / Buy
21The Graveyard Position 2005Description / Buy
22Last Post 2007Description / Buy
23A Stranger in the Family 2010Description / Buy
24Touched by the Dead 2012Description / Buy
25The Hours 2018Description / Buy

Order of Robert Barnard Short Story Collections

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

Order of Robert Barnard Non-Fiction Books

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

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

1The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000Description / Buy
2The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000Description / Buy
3The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002Description / Buy
4The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003Description / Buy
5The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004Description / Buy

Robert Barnard Anthologies

1 A Suit of Diamonds1991Description / Buy
2 2nd Culprit1993Description / Buy
3 Criminal Records2000Description / Buy
4 Malice Domestic 92000Description / Buy
5 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 22000Description / Buy
6 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 32002Description / Buy
7 Much Ado About Murder2002Description / Buy
8 Thou Shalt Not Kill2005Description / Buy
9 The Detection Collection2005Description / 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 The Hours and was released on June, 5th 2018.

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