Business Unusual

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Doubleday, Jul 1, 1990 - Fiction - 183 pages
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While Simon Bognor of the Special Investigations Department of the Board of Trade is in Scarpington, someone dies in mid-joke at a banquet for the local Artisan's Lodge

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Simon Bognor, series protagonist and special investigator for the Board of Trade, visits Scarpington, England, to ascertain the nature and origins of representative middle-class economic values. What ... Read full review


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About the author (1990)

Tim Heald (b. 1944) is a journalist and author of mysteries. Born in Dorchester, England, he studied modern history at Oxford before becoming a reporter and columnist for the "Sunday Times". He began writing novels in the early 1970s, starting with "Unbecoming Habits "(1973), which introduced Simon Bognor, a defiantly lazy investigator for the British Board of Trade. Heald followed Bognor through nine more novels, including "Murder at Moose Jaw" (1981) and "Business Unusual" (1989) before taking a two-decade break from the series, which returned in 2011 with "Death in the Opening Chapter".
Heald has further distinguished himself with official biographies of Prince Philip and Princess Margaret, as well as accounts of sporting heroes like cricket legends Denis Compton and Brian Johnston. He is also an experienced public speaker. Heald's forthcoming novel, "Yet Another Death in Venice "(2014), is the latest in the Bognor chronicles.

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