The Bad Samaritan: A Novel of Suspense, Featuring Charlie Peace

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Thorndike Press, Mar 1, 1996 - Fiction - 315 pages
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It's bound to be a problem when a vicar's wife loses her faith. In a Robert Barnard novel it can be a source of amusement, dismay, contemplation, and even murder. The hideous neo-Gothic parish church of St. Saviour's may or may not be typical of the Church of England, but clergy wife Rosemary Sheffield definitely does not fit the usual mold. While walking in the park one day, she loses her faith. It just lifts away from her, leaving her feeling free and liberated. Should a woman who loses her faith continue to take an active role in church activities? Rosemary's not about to abdicate her position of power in the Mothers' Union to gossipy Florrie Harridance, not even when Florrie spreads rumors about Rosemary's supposed holiday fling, when she may have been too friendly with a young waiter named Stanko. Rosemary quickly squelches the gossip, but nasty rumors threaten to return when Stanko, a mysterious refugee from the former Yugoslavia, turns up one day at the vicarage, begging for Rosemary's help. In assisting Stanko, Rosemary opens herself and her family to all sorts of unwelcome attentions from inquisitive parishioners. Even her long-suffering husband, Paul, must wonder who Stanko is and what is the nature of Rosemary's involvement with him.

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Review: The Bad Samaritan (Charlie Peace #4)

User Review  - Reggie Billingsworth - Goodreads

The Bad Samaritan by the late lamented Robert Barnard reveals the real truth behind the society of an English Anglican Church parish while spinning an intriguing tale which turns into a very deft back ... Read full review

Review: The Bad Samaritan (Charlie Peace #4)

User Review  - Lewis Alderton - Goodreads

Barnard has written better than this - none of the characters were very believable. Read full review


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Robert Barnard is the winner of the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievemetn and the Nero Wolfe Award, as well as the Agatha and Macavity awards. An eight-time Edgar nominee, he is a member of Britain's distinguished Detection Club, and in May 2003, he received the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for lifetime achievement in mystery writing. His most recent novel is A Stranger in the Family, published by Scribner in 2010. He lives with his wife, Louise, in Leeds, England.

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