Death of an Old Goat

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Pan Macmillan, Feb 14, 2013 - Fiction - 184 pages
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Professor Belville-Smith had bored university audiences in England with the same lecture for fifty years. Now he was crossing the Australian continent, doing precisely the same. Never before had the reaction been so extreme, however, for shortly after an undistinguished appearance at Drummondale University, the doddering old professor is found brutally murdered.

As Police Inspector Royle (who had never actually had to solve a crime before) probes the possible motives of the motley crew of academics who drink their was through the dreary days at Drummondale and as he investigates the bizarre behaviour of some worthy locals, a hilarious, highly satirical portrait of life down under emerges.

‘The perfect gem, one you wouldn’t change a word of’ Los Angeles Times

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User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

Not my favorite by this author by a long stretch. Barnard's look at life in a provincial Australian university town is witheringly satiric, sort of Lucky Jim as a mystery novel. The mystery element is weak and by midway I was hoping just about everyone was guilty since they were all repulsive. Read full review

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User Review  - BeckyJG - LibraryThing

Professor Blevin-Smith, emeritus of Oxford and now well into his dotage, has been tapped for a tour as visiting professor in the wilds of Australia. He finds the accommodations execrable, the food ... Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Robert Barnard is a well-established crime writer. He has won the prestigious Nero Wolfe Award as well as the Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Awards, has been nominated eight times for the Edgar Award and was the winner of the 2003 CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for a lifetime of achievement. He has also written crime novels under the pseudonym of Bernard Bastable. He lives with his wife in Leeds and has had over 45 titles published in the UK and US.

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