The Last Houseparty

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Pantheon Books, 1982 - Fiction - 221 pages
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Forty years ago the Countess of Snailwood's fashionable house parties were attended by all the leaders of art and politics. One of them committed a savage crime. Now all these years later, a move to repair her fantastic clock reconnects the sole survivor of those waltz-filled weekends with the disturbing mystery.

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The story stayed with me and kept my interest even though it seems to spend a lot of time discussing seemingly irrelevant details, such as a long description of a game of croquet, and take forever to ... Read full review

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Peter Dickinson was born in Livingstone, Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia on December 16, 1927. He served in the British Army before receiving a B.A. in English literature from King's College, Cambridge in 1951. He was an assistant editor and reviewer for Punch Magazine for seventeen years. His first book, The Weathermonger, was published in 1968. He has written over 50 books for adults and young adults. His works for adults include Death of a Unicorn, Skeleton-in-Waiting, Perfect Gallows, The Yellow Room Conspiracy, and Some Deaths Before Dying. His works for young adults include The Iron Lion, The Ropemaker, Angel Isle, and In the Palace of the Khans. He has won several awards including the Boston Globe Horn Book Award in 1989 for Eva, the Carnegie Medal in 1979 for Tulku and in 1980 for City of Gold, the Whitbread Children's Prize for Tulku, and the Crime Writer's Golden Dagger for Skin Deep in 1968 and A Pride of Heroes in 1969. In 2009, he was awarded the OBE for services to literature. He died after a brief illness on December 16, 2015 at the age of 88.

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