The Killings on Jubilee Terrace

The Killings on Jubilee Terrace

A Novel of Suspense

Book - 2009
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Baker & Taylor
When an actor from a daytime soap opera dies under suspicious circumstances, Inspector Charlie Peace finds himself investigating suspects among a group of talented actors and an assortment of extras who exchange unethical services for their roles.

Blackwell North Amer
Vernon Watts may have been beloved by the millions of faithful viewers of the long-running soap opera Jubilee Terrace but his fellow cast members knew him for what he was - an egotistical former music-hall performer whose untimely death in a pedestrian accident was not something to be universally regretted.
Sadly, though, director Reggie Friedman soon fills the supposed void by asking Hamish Fawley, an equally unpleasant former member of the Jubilee Terrace troupe, to rejoin the soap. Hamish was never much liked. Now he's more obnoxious than ever.
The mood on the set is not exactly serene, a situation made worse when the police receive an anonymous letter suggesting that Vernon Watts's "accident" may in fact have been murder. Did one of his fellow actors push Vernon into the oncoming traffic?
Detective Inspector Charlie Peace faces tough challenges as he probes the make-believe world of skilled thespians to find a possible killer. With a cast of suspects who are trained to emote on cue, Charlie will need all of his policeman's instincts if he's to avert further tragedy.

Baker
& Taylor

When an actor from a daytime soap opera dies under suspicious circumstances, inspector Charlie Peace finds himself investigating suspects among a group of talented actors, including the show's jovial bartender and an assortment of extras who exchange unethical services for their roles. By the author of Last Post.

Simon and Schuster
Vernon Watts may have been beloved by the millions of faithful viewers of the long-running soap opera Jubilee Terrace but his fellow cast members knew him for what he was -- an egotistical former music-hall performer whose untimely death in a pedestrian accident was not something to be universally regretted.

Sadly, though, director Reggie Friedman soon fills the supposed void by asking Hamish Fawley, an equally unpleasant former member of the Jubilee Terrace troupe, to rejoin the soap. Hamish was never much liked. Now he's more obnoxious than ever.

The mood on the set is not exactly serene, a situation made worse when the police receive an anonymous letter suggesting that Vernon Watts's "accident" may in fact have been murder. Did one of his fellow actors push Vernon into the oncoming traffic?

Detective Inspector Charlie Peace faces tough challenges as he probes the make-believe world of skilled thespians to find a possible killer. With a cast of suspects who are trained to emote on cue, Charlie will need all of his policeman's instincts if he's to avert further tragedy.

Writing with his usual acerbic wit and penetrating insight into human foibles, acclaimed master of mystery Robert Barnard gives us another winning entry in his magnificent body of work.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416559429
1416559426
Branch Call Number: M BARNARD
Characteristics: ix, 243 p. ; 23 cm

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Nov 11, 2015

Unusual for Barnard, the ending was not quite as dramatic as usual, but the plot twists were mind bending. I especially appreciated the dramatis personae at the beginning, and referred to it several times, when I got confused as to which were real people and which were the characters in the soap opera. I wonder if "Eastenders" behind the scenes is as uncomfortable for all concerned as Jubilee Terrace. Fortunately, Charlie Peace can unknot all the tangles created by the unlovable actors, writers, and other hangers on of the TV soap. If you like puzzles, this is a great read.

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