Assassins at Ospreys (Antonia Darcy and Major Payne Series #3) [NOOK Book]


Praise for R.T. Raichev:

“Fascinating.”—Lady Antonia Fraser, author of the Jemima Shore series
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Assassins at Ospreys (Antonia Darcy and Major Payne Series #3)

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Praise for R.T. Raichev:

“Fascinating.”—Lady Antonia Fraser, author of the Jemima Shore series

“Agatha Christie fans will find much to like in this traditional whodunit.”—Publishers Weekly

“Antonia Darcy is a terrific sleuth, and Raichev is a very clever writer, indeed.”—Booklist

“Fans of cozies will love the light touch.”—Kirkus Reviews

Mystery writer Antonia Darcy and her husband, Major Hugh Payne, are persuaded to visit a fan’s home. They become suspicious when the dying master of nearby Ospreys leaves his fortune to her.

R.T. Raichev’s previous novels are The Hunt for Sonya Dufrette and The Death of Corinne.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

At the start of Raichev's stylish third novel to feature mystery writer Antonia Darcy and her husband, Maj. Hugh Payne (after 2007's The Death of Corrine), the couple attend a literary festival in Hay-on-Wye. There they reluctantly befriend two unusual women-a femme fatale in a wheelchair, Beatrice "Bee" Ardleigh, and Bee's austere companion, Ingrid Delmar-whom Hugh dubs "Goldilocks and Cerberus." A few months later, Antonia and Hugh accept Bee's invitation to come see her in Oxfordshire, where Bee has just made a controversial marriage and Ingrid has been impersonating Bee on visits to a dying neighbor who plans to leave his home, Ospreys ("The secret house of death they used to call it"), to the National Trust. The twisty plot thickens with the murder of a shady, Chartreuse-drinking priest at Ospreys. Deft use of literary allusion and well-drawn if unsubtle characterization are among the strengths of this traditional whodunit. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

In Raichev's third series entry (after The Death of Corrine) to feature mystery writer Antonia Darcy, Antonia gets caught up in a gothic tale involving a tragic car accident, the two women it brought together, and one of the drivers, now dying and wishing to make amends. Greed, jealousy, rampant emotions, and a killer lurk in the wings of this tale that mixes Henry James's psychological insight with Agatha Christie's whodunit plotting skills. Throw in a diabolically clever story line and the challenge to readers to figure out what is really going on, and Raichev once again triumphs in this totally fascinating game of wits. Highly recommended for all collections.

—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
Many plot the death of an elderly invalid, but who draws the final curtain?Mystery novelist Antonia Darcy is accosted at a book signing by Beatrice, an overfriendly, wheelchair-bound fan, and her companion Ingrid. Reluctantly accepting an invitation to tea, Antonia finds herself fascinated by the pair, who seem to be masking their true natures. Raichev reveals through chapters that hopscotch among the perspectives of multiple characters that Bee was crippled 30 years ago in a car accident. While her fiance Ralph was driving, their car hit the pregnant Ingrid, who lost her unborn child. As Ingrid and Bee developed an odd symbiosis, Ralph went to America and made a fortune. Now dying of cancer, he's returned and taken up residence nearby in the grand estate of Ospreys, determined to earn Bee's forgiveness. Bee is engaged to stolid Colville, who has suspicions about both Ralph and Ingrid. The latter are well-founded, Colville realizes when he learns that Ingrid has been impersonating Bee in visits to Ralph. More predators lurk within Ospreys' walls. Ralph's spiritual advisor, Father Lillie-Lysander, who filches drugs for his personal use, is in league with Ralph's no-account nephew Robin, who's planning to murder his uncle. Can Antonia and her husband Hugh ferret out the true menace?Antonia's third mystery (The Death of Corinne, 2007, etc.) deftly mixes dark humor and psychological suspense, its genteel surface masking delicious deviancy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569476703
  • Publisher: Soho Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2008
  • Series: Antonia Darcy and Major Payne Series , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,123,080
  • File size: 738 KB

Meet 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 five novels in the Antonia Darcy series and has lived in London since 1989.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    a fabulous whodunit

    Mystery writer Antonia Darcy and her husband Major Hugh Payne attend a literary gala in Hay-on-Wye. At the festival they meet an odd couple, wheelchair bound seductive Beatrice ¿Bee¿ Ardleigh and her companion sober Ingrid Delmar. They enjoy the flirtatious sexy Bee, but find Ingrid overly prim and proper.----------- A few months later, Bee invites the couple to visit her at her home Oxfordshire they accept. In Oxfordshire, Antonia and Hugh learn Bee has surprisingly married and Ingrid pretends to be Bee while seeing a dying neighbor whose will bequests his home Ospreys, known in the region as ¿the secret house of death¿, to the National Trust. However, the abode lives up to its reputation when someone murders a priest there leading to Antonia and Hugh investigating the crime..------------------------- The third Darcy-Payne mystery (see THE DEATH OF CORRINE and THE HUNT FOR SONYA DUFRETTE) is a fabulous whodunit that starts off innocently but soon spins into a murder investigation. The story line is filled with twists and fascinating support characters, who break stereotypes especially the sex siren Bee. Fans of an old fashion entertaining investigative thriller will want to read ASSASSINS AT OSPREYS and its predecessors as this is a solid series.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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