Troubador Brutal Terminations

Released: 28/03/2018

ISBN: 9781788038089

eISBN: 9781788034241

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Brutal Terminations


When a female skeleton is unearthed by workmen digging the foundations for a library extension at St Clement's College, Gawaine St Clair, a reluctant amateur detective and former undergraduate of the college, is called in to investigate. Arriving in Oxford, Gawaine is informed that the body had been buried for 30 years, and the woman had been pregnant at the time of her death. Gawaine also discovers that a don, Richard Templeman, is missing, to be later found dead.

Gawaine's suspicions fall on men who were in college 30 years before, and are still there: Stephen Verner, who was then about to marry a socially advantageous woman; Father Gerard, the celibate college chaplain; Heatherington the creepy head porter; Colonel Morrison, the Bursar, who appears to have no motive; Dr Porteus, whose Fellowship depended on his unmarried status.

A letter gives Gawaine clues to the identity of the woman and her lover, and he finally finds the killer. But is he right? And will he survive long enough to prove it?

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Gawaine and David reminded me a whole lot of Sherlock and Watson and I for one cannot say whether that's good or bad.

I loved how Gawaine could be both attached and detached during the investigation on campus. It was almost like watching a two year old trying to give you a piece of candy and then deciding not to. The plot was involving and at some point halfway through the book I felt like we were going round in circles and everyone was a suspect. I loved that.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves to solve a mystery.

by Dora Archie Okeyo

Term it Oxford Cosy Noir: this is an utterly delightful story full of subtlety and wry humour with genuine emotions, and an amateur sleuth protagonist who is the scion of an ancestry ripe with English gentlemen, Etonians all. Gawaine St. Clair is a gentle soul, an intellectual plagued by neuroses. His Watson is David, advertising executive and occasional chauffeur, frequent sounding board, always best friend.

This was a one-day reading for me, maintaining my interest from first page to last, and leaving me eager for more outings of Gawaine St. Clair.

by Mallory Anne-Marie Haws

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