A Better Class of Person

A Better Class of Person

by Tessa Barclay
     
 

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The second book in a new mystery series from one of our best-loved authors. A week-long birthday party on Greek millionaire's island - what could be more glamorous? But ex-Crown Prince Gregory of Hirtenstein - first introduced to readers in Farewell Performance - soon begins to worry that something strange is going on. The birthday girl, Elissa Paroskolos, seems… See more details below

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The second book in a new mystery series from one of our best-loved authors. A week-long birthday party on Greek millionaire's island - what could be more glamorous? But ex-Crown Prince Gregory of Hirtenstein - first introduced to readers in Farewell Performance - soon begins to worry that something strange is going on. The birthday girl, Elissa Paroskolos, seems almost out of her mind, her husband is overly protective, and Gregory's girlfriend Liz is scared. The prince looks about for explanations. He uncovers a plot which could involve three nations in a scandal. In the end, only he and Liz can save Elissa...

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Publishers Weekly
Bestselling British author Barclay (A Lovely Illusion) delivers another enjoyable, fast-paced crime novel, her second (after 2002's Farewell Performance) to feature former Crown Prince Gregory of Hirtenstein, now working as a concert arranger (and sometime detective) under the name of Gregory Crowne. When Crowne and his girlfriend are invited to a private Greek island for a birthday party for a rich heiress, they are unsettled by the woman's flashbacks to time spent at a snake laboratory. Their hackles are only raised further when the heiress's husband, a private doctor, and a nurse, who seems more like a warder than a caregiver, attempt to persuade them that everything is normal. Although the mystery is more a what-was-done than a whodunit, it is a pleasant, old-fashioned puzzle with attractive contemporary trappings. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Some birthday parties just aren't meant to be fun. It's not that Elissa Paroskolos, at 25, is too old to enjoy the lavish weeklong festivities her wealthy husband Niki has prepared for her on the Greek island of Kerouli; it isn't even that Gregory Crowne, former Crown Prince Gregorius von Hirtenstein, has never much liked his spoiled, overbearing childhood companion. No, the deposed prince turned concert impresario (Farewell Performance, not reviewed) is sure that there's something different about Elissa. Of course she's still grieving the accidental death of her father in a boating accident and still shaky from a life-threatening bout of meningitis. But none of that would explain why she's required the exclusive services of nerve specialist Dr. Tonio Donati for an entire year; why her nurse, Trudi Weber, will scarcely let her out of her sight; or why she's so terrified by a mysterious dream of snakes. With the help of his girlfriend Liz Blair, a dress-designing commoner who drives his aristocratic family to distraction, Gregory eventually discovers what most readers will have suspected for much longer; and with the help of half a dozen convenient government operatives only too happy to assist any member of a one-time royal family, he uncovers crimes past and future and brings the miscreants to book. A pipe dream of upscale fantasy with little mystery, less suspense, and no romance to speak of, but a good deal of hobnobbing with the rich and formerly titled.
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'A pleasant, old-fashioned puzzle with attractive contemporary trappings'

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780727859020
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
First World Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.98(d)

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