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Old 07-03-2015, 01:34 AM   #1
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Talking Free (nook/Kindle/Kobo UK) A Murder of Quality by John le Carré [Vintage Spy Mystery]

A Murder of Quality by classic and much-adapted espionage thriller novelist John le Carré (SYKM, Wikipedia) is the 2nd in his George Smiley series starring the eponymous famous future Cold War spymaster, this installment a vintage non-espionage satirical murder mystery set in the 1960s before the height of his career and involving the investigation of a mysterious death at a boarding school, free courtesy of publisher Penguin, who are reprinting from its original 1962 Gollancz edition.

Although this is relatively obscure compared to Le Carré's famous spy thrillers, it's still been adapted a time or two for TV and radio which you might have seen (Wikipedia). It's also got a new preface and afterword by Le Carré himself.

Currently free @ B&N UK, Amazon UK, iTunes UK, Kobo (available to the UK, but apparently not in the other EU/Oceania countries which sometimes also get the UK freebies when I spot-check the usual iTunes & Amazon regional stores, though YMMV), and probably also Google Play UK, which I can't easily check from Canada.

Unlikely to cross the pond in any direction. We rarely get Penguin freebies to begin with, and the transmigration rate for UK freebies is pretty low anyway. Not to mention, this exists in slightly different regional editions from various local Penguins worldwide, it would seem.

And this has been the selected 3rd (non-repeat) free ebook thread of the day.

Because vintage mystery by an acclaimed master storyteller showcasing the early exploits of one of his iconic characters while sending up not-so-beloved British institutions, with extra notes from the author himself. Really, what's not to love?

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Stella Rode has twice disturbed the ancient cloisters of Carne School: firstly by being the wrong sort, with her doyleys and china ducks, and secondly by being murdered. George Smiley, who has his own connection with the school, is asked by an old Service friend to investigate. As Smiley probes further beneath Carne's respectable veneer, he uncovers far more than a simple crime of passion.

In his second George Smiley novel, le Carr moves outside the world of espionage to reveal the secrets at the heart of another particularly English institution. The result is a pitch-perfect murder mystery, with Smiley as master detective.

Includes a foreword and afterword by the author.

Last edited by ATDrake; 07-03-2015 at 02:36 AM. Reason: Fix unmatched parentheses in title, not that that really helps the forum listing display. Also series clarification.
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