To Die For

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The new Crown Prince Gregory mystery - While in London, Greg Crowne Crown Prince Gregory von Hirtenstein befriends pretty Polish countess Marcelina. When Marcelina is found dead, Greg is drawn into the police investigation. It emerges that Marcelina was in England to buy a lost Chopin manuscript. No sign of the manuscript is found on her body. Unravelling the mystery will take Greg to Paris and Scotland on the trail of a thriving Chopin forgery industry...

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Overview

The new Crown Prince Gregory mystery - While in London, Greg Crowne Crown Prince Gregory von Hirtenstein befriends pretty Polish countess Marcelina. When Marcelina is found dead, Greg is drawn into the police investigation. It emerges that Marcelina was in England to buy a lost Chopin manuscript. No sign of the manuscript is found on her body. Unravelling the mystery will take Greg to Paris and Scotland on the trail of a thriving Chopin forgery industry...

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Crown Prince Gregory von Hirtenstein, aka classical music event organizer Greg Crowne, escorts lovely Polish countess Marzelina Zalfeda to a charity ball at the start of British author Barclay's solid fifth book to feature the exiled aristocrat (after 2005's A Final Discord). Marzelina is in London with a commission to purchase a purported Chopin letter for an eccentric elderly lady, Estelle Wiaroz. When Marzelina's strangled body is found in the research stacks at the Museum of Musical Heritage, the Metropolitan Police, familiar with Greg's sleuthing abilities, ask him to help find her killer. En route to Paris to interview Madame Wiaroz, he bumps into a former lover, fashion designer Liz Blair, who decides to accompany him on his investigation. With few clues to guide them, the charming couple leave no page unturned and no village unvisited in their search for the culprit. (Aug.)

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Countess Zalfeda is in London researching a manuscript fragment from what might be an unknown mazurka by Chopin. When she is murdered, former crown prince Gregory (Final Performance) and ex-lover Liz Blair search for the truth. This delightfully quiet British mystery will appeal to patrons who prefer leisurely, civilized crime fiction.


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
Gregory, deposed Crown Prince of Hirtenstein (Richer than Rubies, 2007, etc.), sticks his highborn schnozz into another murder. While his grandmother's meddling has his morganatic romance with lissome fashion designer Liz Blair on hiatus, Greg Crowne escorts Marzelina Zafelda to London's Museum of Musical Heritage, where the expatriate Polish countess hopes to authenticate the score of a Chopin mazurka whose particulars her patroness, Madame Wiaroz, discovered online. And when the royal researcher is found strangled in the stacks, Chief Inspector Glaston is happy to have Greg's help, dispatching him to Paris to break the sad news to Marzie's benefactor. Liz, heaving heard of the murder, naturally flies to his side, and the two set out to retrace the composer's trip through England and Scotland in the last year of his life, hoping to find a place he wrote the fatal mazurka. They uncover a staggering number of dead ends, stumbling in the process on a line of Chopin souvenirs manufactured by Keepsake Curios in Dover and furnished to gift shops by a shady middleman named Firstead. Dover's Chief Inspector Valmouth takes a different view of Greg's involvement than his London counterpart, so it's up to the feisty pair to prove that Marzie's murder really does have a local angle. Although it never gets farther than Edinburgh, this tale of Chopin moves so glacially it reminds you of another Pole some 3,000 miles northward.
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Meet the Author

Tessa Barclay is the bestselling author of over forty novels and one of the most popular writers in the UK. Previous titles by this well-loved author include The Champagne Girls, The Precious Gift, The Saturday Girl, Other People's Dreams and, from Severn House, Starting Over and A Lovely Illusion. She has also just published the first two novels of a new series of crime novels, Farewell Performance and A Better Class of Person.

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