Robert Barnard

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Robert Barnard (23 November 1936 – 19 September 2013) was an English crime writer, critic and lecturer.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Born at Burnham on Crouch in Essex, Barnard was educated at the Colchester Royal Grammar School and at Balliol College in Oxford. His first crime novel, A Little Local Murder, was published in 1976. The novel was written while he was a lecturer at University of Tromsø in Norway. He went on to write more than 40 other books and numerous short stories.

Barnard said that his favourite crime writer was Agatha Christie. In 1980 he published a critique of her work titled A Talent to Deceive: An Appreciation of Agatha Christie.

Barnard was awarded the Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2003 by the Crime Writers Association for a lifetime of achievement.[2]

Under the pseudonym Bernard Bastable, Robert Barnard published two standalone novels and two alternate history books starring Wolfgang Mozart as a detective, he having survived to old age.

Barnard died on 19 September 2013.[2][3] He and his wife Louise lived in Yorkshire.


Mystery novels[edit]

Charlie Peace novels[edit]

Perry Trethowan novels[edit]

  • Death by Sheer Torture (1981)
  • Death and the Princess (1982)
  • The Missing Bronte (1983)
  • Bodies (1986)
  • Death in Purple Prose (1987) a.k.a. The Cherry Blossom Corpse

Short story collections[edit]

Novels written as Bernard Bastable[edit]


  • Imagery and Theme in the Novels of Dickens (1974)
  • A Talent to Deceive: An Appreciation of Agatha Christie (1980)
  • A Short History of English Literature (1984) ISBN 978-0-631-19088-2
  • Emily Brontë (British Library Writers' lives series) (2000) ISBN 0-7123-4658-9
  • A Brontë Encyclopedia (with Louise Barnard) (2007) ISBN 1-4051-5119-6


  1. ^ Mike Ripley. "Robert Barnard obituary | Books". Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Robert Barnard, winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger 2003". Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  3. ^ "Robert Barnard R.I.P." Retrieved 2013-09-22. 


  • Ford, Susan Allen. "Stately Homes of England: Robert Barnard's Country House Mysteries" in CLUES: A Journal of Detection 23.4 (Summer 2005): 3-14.

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