The Killings on Jubilee Terrace: A Novel of Suspense-Robert Barnard

  • Title: The Killings on Jubilee Terrace: A Novel of Suspense
  • Author: Robert Barnard
  • Released: 2009-05-05
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  • Pages: 256
  • ISBN: 1416559426
  • ISBN13: 978-1416559429
  • ASIN: 1416559426

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From Publishers Weekly Last seen in Diamond Dagger Award–winner Barnard's A Fall from Grace (2007), Det. Insp. Charlie Peace investigates deadly doings surrounding a long-running TV soap opera, Jubilee Terrace, filmed in Leeds in a novel of suspense sharing more than a passing kinship with the world of TV soaps: the craftsmanship is never less than professional, the plot keeps percolating, but by the end, the reader is unlikely to give it a second thought. The opening roster of characters on Jubilee Terrace and the actors who portray them is useful, since apart from Peace—who shows up on the set to look into the tip that an unpopular thespian's death might not have been accidental—and a few others, it's tough to keep the players straight. The ante escalates after a fire claims two lives, though Bernard miscalculates by tipping what should be the climactic twist too early. Fans may enjoy catching up with Peace, but other mystery buffs will find little cause for jubilation. (May)
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From The set of a hit television show makes a natural “closed environment” in which to stage a murder mystery. In his latest whodunit, popular British writer Barnard uses such a setting to great effect, both for the murder itself and for its investigation. Barnard brings back veteran Leeds copper Charlie Peace, recently promoted to inspector (A Fall from Grace, 2007), and gives him the daunting task of sorting out the mayhem on the set of the soap opera Jubilee Terrace. “You are confusing real life with unreal life,” one actor on the show says to another, and so it is, for cast members and readers alike, as Peace must deal with the deliciously tangled ways in which the actors’ personal lives intersect with their personalities and roles on the show. When an actor returns to the show after his character is reinstated, the atmosphere “deteriorates significantly.” What results is a solid, entertaining British procedural from a genre veteran. --Brad Hooper pdf