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Monday, September 27, 2010

A Stranger in the Family by Robert Barnard

A Stranger in the Family: A Novel of Suspense is the second book by Barnard (the other one was The Last Post) that I've read, and I've found both of them enjoyable and a little off-beat.

When Kit Philipson learns from his dying mother that his birth name was Novello, he begins a search for his birth parents, learning along the way that his adoption was a result of an abduction in Sicily in 1989. 

Determined to discover more, Kit locates his biological mother and meets his siblings, but finds more questions than answers.  The suspense is low-key, not edge-of-your seat.

Ficion.  Mystery?  Suspense?  2010.  250 pages.


  1. Oh, I agree with you! I've read 4 or 5 of his books and they are typical mysteries but there is always something a bit quirky with them. I haven't read him since I started blogging and this is the first review of him I've seen.

  2. They don't fit the typical mystery genre, do they? I've enjoyed them, but am not crazy about them. What are your favorites, Nicola?

  3. Well of the ones I have, I liked "Death of a Perfect Mother" and "Death by Sheer Torture" the best.

    I quite like what I've read of him, but I then I do like quirky.

  4. Thanks, Nicola. I'll look for them on my next library visit!

  5. I've read one I loved called The Skeleton in the Grass, and partially read one I wasn't wild about called Out of the Blackout. He is very prolific and I want to read more. I remember seeing a tv version of Into the Blue with John Thaw years ago which was fantastic. I have it in my Netflix queue to see it again.

  6. Nan - I'll check that out and add it to my Netflix que. I'm still watching McLeod's Daughters pretty regularly, but sandwich other movies in between episodes. Thanks!