Litchester Cathedral, usually an oasis of cloistered calm, suddenly finds itself at the centre of an acrimonious dispute over the proposed sale of its 1225 copy of the Magna Carta.
Merchant banker Mark Treasure is invited down to sort out the squabbling cathedral chapter. But even as he journeys down to Litchester a fire destroys the ecclesiastical library - Magna Carta and all - and a body is discovered in the debris.
But it wasn't fire that killed the Dean's verger. And as Treasure's murder investigation unravels evidence of some most unholy mayhem and dark skulduggery, he realises that Litchester is a place where sins and secrets abound . . .
'Mr Williams in knowledgeable and delectable top form' Sunday Times
'An engrossing tale . . . all the elements of a classic mystery.' Library Journal
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David Williams was a writer best known for his crime-novel series featuring the banker Mark Treasure and police inspector DI Parry.
After serving as Naval Officer in the Second World War, Williams completed a History degree at St Johns College, Oxford before embarking on a career in advertising. He became a full-time fiction writer in 1978.
Williams wrote twenty-three novels, seventeen of which were part of the Mark Treasure series of whodunnits which began with Unholy Writ (1976). His experience in both the Anglican Church and the advertising world informed and inspired his work throughout his career.
Two of Williams' books were shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award, and in 1988 he was elected to the Detection Club.
In his distinctively urbane and witty fashion, the British author chronicles again the adventures of London banker Mark Treasure, star of Williams's outstanding mystery series (Advertise for Treasure; Wedding Treasure. Treasure arrives in Litchester Cathedral Close after a fire destroys the library, burning the precious "exemplification" (copy) of the Magna Carta, dated 1225, and killing the verger. The tragedy makes moot the hotly argued issue of whether the document should be soldto maintain the church's staff and buildingsor kept as Litchester's precious heritage. Another death fixes Treasure's suspicions on a possible case of arson and murder, even on a doubt about the Magna Carta's authenticity. As a result of the amateur sleuth's questioning, startling facts concerning the many people involved emerge and give Treasure evidence that closes the case.
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Book Description Arrow, 1989. Book Condition: Good. New Ed. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP68859931
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Book Description Mysterious Press (UK)/Arrow Books Limited, London, England, 1989. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Printing. Good 1st Printing Assumed, no printing history stated Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages, 284 grams/10 oz. Binding is solid; several moderate spine creases, moderate crease along spine edge of both covers; slight chipping to edges of front cover, slight wear to other edges; small rub to corner tips; rub to front spine edge, spots of rubbing to back spine edge, small rub to spine ends and corners; date stamped on bottom page edges; bookstore stamp inside front cover; small, slight creases to both front and bottom back corners; small scrape on front cover; age tanning, to margins, pages are not brittle; pages are clean, no marks to text, no owner information, gift messages, remaimder marks, or stains. 'When Litchester Cathedral, usually an oasis of cloistered calm, suddenly finds itself at the centre of an acrimonious dispute over the proposed sale of its 1225 copy of the Magna Carta, Merchant banker Mark Treasure is invited down to sort out the squabbling cathedral chapter. A fire destroys the ecclesiastical library and the body of the Dean's Verger is discovered.' Have in paperback: MARK TREASURE, #5 COPPER GOLD AND TREASURE, #6 TREASURE PRESERVED, #8 MURDER IN ADVENT, #9 WEDDING TREASURE, #10 TREASURE IN ROUBLES, #12 TREASURE IN OXFORD, #18 BANKING ON MURDER, and, in hard cover: MARK TREASURE, #1 UNHOLY WRIT (large print Edition), #15 TREASURE BY POST; Will gift wrap, no charge just state the occasion Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 007651
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