Fete Fatale Author:Robert Barnard Robert Barnard, three-time Edgar nominee, returns with his wittiest and most unusual mystery yet. The setting is Hexton-on-Weir, a Yorkshire town where the women are traditional an old fashioned and hold all the power. The men may appear to be in charge, but those who know can tell you that the women make the decisions. — The ladies' latest dec... more »ree is that a certain Father Battersby is not the proper vicar for Hexton. Vicars are extremely important, of course, but it is the vicar's wife who really matters. Father Battersby, vicar-designate for Hexton, not only doesn't have a wife, he's professionally celibate.
Such a man, with shockingly high-church tendencies, will never do for Hexton, and the local female population is determined to keep him out . . .
Stepping into the fringes of Barbara Pym territory, Robert Barnard gives us a humorous commentary on how unbridled emotions can cause ordinary people to commit extraordinary crimes.
Hailed by the critics as one of the major crime writers of his generation, Robert Barnard once again concocts a brilliantly original mystery.« less