Murder at the Villa Byzantine

Murder at the Villa Byzantine

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When a birthday party for one of their Hampstead neighbors turns deadly, Antonia Darcy and Major Hugh Payne end up investigating the murder of one of Melisande Chevret's other guests. The aging actress becomes a natural suspect, as the victim was her love rival. But after the first murder, a second takes place at the Villa Byzantine. The owner of the house is royal biographer Tancred Vane, who swears he is innocent. And surely Catherine Hope, an elderly lady helping him with his research, can have nothing to do with it. A damning piece of evidence points to the victim's daughter--but why would that a teenage girl have a dainty silk handkerchief bearing her monogram? And would she drop it so conveniently beside her mother's body? As the questions mount, Antonia Darcy and Major Payne search desperately for answers.
Publisher: New York : Soho Constable, 2011
Edition: 1st US ed
ISBN: 9781569479148
1569479143
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Raichev
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 23 cm

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sacker340 Feb 11, 2012

While not a heartbreaking work of staggering genius, this book was quite amusing, and while the mystery was not worthy of Christie, it was considerably better than 90% of what's being produced today. I'm going to look up the previous 5 novels by this writer.

meandalex Dec 12, 2011

This author cannot make up his mind which century he is in. This book is full of silly arse Hoorah Harry's and vacuous yappy women. The plot is poor, this was a new author to me so I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. Sorry but this one is really bad, don't bother reading it, it is not worth your time.

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