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Murder of Gonzago: An Antonia Darcy and Major Payne Investigation Hardcover – April 17, 2012
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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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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.