Death and the Chaste Apprentice

Robert Barnard, Author Scribner Book Company $17.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-684-19002-0
Irreverently humorous, inventive Barnard ( At Death's Door ) captivates readers with his latest effort, this one enhanced by the ambience of the Saracen's Head outside London where performers have gathered since medieval days to re-create, fittingly, Elizabethan entertainments. Under the new management of Des Capper, a ``loathsome know-all,'' the inn becomes a crime scene when he is murdered and all present, save one, had cause to kill the bounder. The exception is Capper's meek wife, in plain sight when the deed was done, concludes Inspector Dundy as he investigates with help from smart, appealing detective Charlie Peace. Charlie finds clues in Capper's hidden notes suggesting blackmail threats to the play's ``chaste apprentice,'' a Russian soprano; to the agent of an angelic, East-Indian countertenor and others. At the decisive moment, Peace and Dundy realize the cap-a-pie and readers will exult in the kicker that ends this seductive story. Mystery Guild selection. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1989
Release date: 09/01/1989
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-440-20586-9
Hardcover - 292 pages - 978-0-89621-953-3
Paperback - 227 pages - 978-1-933397-63-4
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