Death and the Chaste Apprentice (Charlie Peace Series #1)

Death and the Chaste Apprentice (Charlie Peace Series #1)

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by Robert Barnard
     
 

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At the Ketterick Arts Festival, the apprentice is just about the only fella that is chaste, know what I mean (wink wink nudge nudge)? Ah, the pleasures of smutty innuendo, and no one relishes them more than Des Capper, a font of dubious gossip and unwanted advice. To the horror of the actors and singers performing at the Festival, Des has been promoted to

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At the Ketterick Arts Festival, the apprentice is just about the only fella that is chaste, know what I mean (wink wink nudge nudge)? Ah, the pleasures of smutty innuendo, and no one relishes them more than Des Capper, a font of dubious gossip and unwanted advice. To the horror of the actors and singers performing at the Festival, Des has been promoted to landlord of the Saracen's Head, the Elizabethan inn that is at the Festival's heart. And when Des toddles off to meet his maker-courtesy of someone's helpful shove?only his wretched wife can summon up a tear. Readers, meanwhile, will have trouble containing their snickers at the wickedly witty characterizations.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Irreverently humorous, inventive Barnard ( At Death's Door ) captivates readers with his latest effort, this one enhanced by the ambience of the Saracen's Head outside London where performers have gathered since medieval days to re-create, fittingly, Elizabethan entertainments. Under the new management of Des Capper, a ``loathsome know-all,'' the inn becomes a crime scene when he is murdered and all present, save one, had cause to kill the bounder. The exception is Capper's meek wife, in plain sight when the deed was done, concludes Inspector Dundy as he investigates with help from smart, appealing detective Charlie Peace. Charlie finds clues in Capper's hidden notes suggesting blackmail threats to the play's ``chaste apprentice,'' a Russian soprano; to the agent of an angelic, East-Indian countertenor and others. At the decisive moment, Peace and Dundy realize the cap-a-pie and readers will exult in the kicker that ends this seductive story. Mystery Guild selection. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896219533
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
01/01/1990
Series:
Charlie Peace Series, #1
Edition description:
Thorndike Press large print ed
Pages:
314

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Death and the Chaste Apprentice 1.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lost interest reading the part telling you what it is about before you buy it ): bad author good writer just not on this book
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I didnt like this book at all. I only read about 50 pages then give it up. It was not what i liked to read in a book. Hard to understand, didnt read well.
sadieSL More than 1 year ago
This book didn't keep my interest. I'm sorry.
sv_ More than 1 year ago
Didn't finish reading it--could not get into it!
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Pictures dark and hslf in frame text not clear as to what it is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No good
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