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Murder of Gonzago: An Antonia Darcy and Major Payne Investigation [Hardcover]

R.T. Raichev

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April 17 2012
Lord Remnant’s eccentric parties on his privately owned Caribbean island of Grenadin are the stuff of legends ... but then the 12th Earl suddenly dies in the course of an amateur production of The Murder of Gonzago, the play within a play in Hamlet. The Times obituary gives the cause of death as “heart attack.” However, an anonymous video tape showing Lord Remnant’s final moments makes it clear that the nobleman’s demise was far from natural.

As it happens so often, Antonia and Hugh Payne get involved in the sinister events surrounding Lord Remnant’s death entirely by accident. They are intrigued by the boldness of the murder, which seems to have been committed within a full view of Lord Remnant’s wife Clarissa and their four guests. Who killed Lord Remnant? Was it his drug-addicted stepson Stephan? Was it Clarissa’s Aunt Hortense, whose past contains a dark and shocking secret? Was it, as Stephan claims, the demonic “Grimaud”? Or perhaps it is the elusive Mr. Quin, who is left a vast amount of money in Lord Remnant’s will, for no apparent reason.

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  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Soho Constable (April 17 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616950862
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616950866
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“I have read all of Raichev’s books. They are very clever. I really am a fan.”—R.L. Stine

"Packed with aristocratic foibles, sexual betrayals and ‘Shakespearean capers,' and it's layered with a hilarious sense of irony (and snarkiness). This great traditional mystery stays at the table." -Milawaukee Journal Sentinel

"Pure fun!" -Gumshoe Review

About the Author

R.T. Raichev is a researcher and writer who grew up in Bulgaria and wrote a university dissertation on English crime fiction. He is the author of six novels in the Antonia Darcy series and has lived in London since 1989.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An obituary in The Times simply can't be wrong. Can it? April 17 2012
By J. Lesley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I've read all the previous novels in the Antonia Darcy/Major Hugh Payne series and this was the most entertaining of the seven. Entertaining from several standpoints. Yes, there is a really well written murder mystery within the pages of this book. But, there is also some extremely clever dialogue. Some is simply downright funny. I loved the conversation between Hugh and his Aunt, Lady Grylls, when they were on their way to look at an antique chest to decide whether or not to buy it. Naturally the chest belonged to one of the principal players in the mystery.

One of the things which always satisfies me in reading a mystery novel is when an author thinks enough of the reader to trust them with all the clues. From that point on it's up to me to pick up on those clues. R. T. Raichev wafted a red herring under my nose and I took off after it at full speed. An interesting circumstance in this mystery is that a very non-professional home video was made of the murder. Of course, it wasn't known at the time of filming that a murder was going to happen, but it gave Major Payne the chance to look at the tape many times and pick up new clues each time. Some I interpreted correctly, some I didn't, but it was really great fun trying. These mysteries are set in modern times and yet have a decidedly vintage feel to them, regardless of all the modern conveniences talked about. Mr. Raichev is the only modern author I've found who can accomplish that and still make his characters and circumstances feel believable.

I'm always eager for the next R. T. Raichev book to come out and when it does I sit down and absolutely want the entire world to go away while I read it. The tie-in with the Shakespeare play of the same name should give you an immediate clue as to how this resolution will all work out. But does it really? Are you sure? Or, you could be like me and just be surprised at all the twists and turns made throughout the novel. Once again Mr. Raichev uses chapter titles which send me scrambling to try to identify the work they are from and then ultimately having to admit they fit the chapter wonderfully. It felt to me like Major Payne definitely did most of the investigating in this story as it did in Murder at the Villa Byzantine: An Antonia Darcy and Major Payne Investigation. As you would expect by this time, I highly recommend this book. It is not essential that you read the series in order, this will be a completely satisfying stand alone if it is your first time to read a book by this author. Once you read one of the novels though, don't be surprised if you simply have to get them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A new take on Shakespeare? July 31 2012
By joan sprunk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Gonzago character from Shakespeare certainly has a new twist in this novel by the wonderful author R.T. Raichev. If you have not read any of his novels then you must do so as they are really page turners and never disappoint the reader. This novel was no different. I truly enjoyed every single page. I could not wait to get to the end of this book to find out what exactly was going to be the outcome. All of the characters in Mr. Raichev's books have such colorful and real personalities and I just love the "tongue in cheek" phrases that he uses in his writing. However he never overdoes it. I am truly hooked and am reading all of his books. Thank you for such wonderful books!
3.0 out of 5 stars Out Sherlocking Sherlock April 12 2014
By Alan K. Kertland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the others in this series. It felt forced and didn't have the same reader protagonists "bonding". Out Sherlocking Sherlock! Maybe the series has run its course. It happens.

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