Books by Richard Timothy Conroy

OUR MAN IN VIENNA by Richard Timothy Conroy
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Though the humor is sometimes strained, and the tone dated, the period charm and infectious goodwill more than compensate."
A genial successor to Our Man in Belize (1997) continues Conroy's deliciously unserious memoirs of life in the Foreign Service in 1960s Vienna, where suspected Russian spies apply for visas and the notorious mistress of mobster Bugsy Siegel asks for help. Read full book review >
OUR MAN IN BELIZE by Richard Timothy Conroy
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"While Conroy admittedly takes a little license with the facts (which he attributes to poor memory), this is an enjoyable account from the eyes of a colonial-era bureaucrat."
Conroy has redirected his gift for goofy storytelling (The India Expedition, 1992; Old Ways in the New World, 1994) from the fictional accounts of foreign-affairs officer Henry Scruggs to a memoir of his years in what was then British Honduras. Read full book review >
Released: June 15, 1994

"A bargain for connoisseurs of comic mysteries: Beneath the knockabout farce is a byzantine puzzle guaranteed to leave you both baffled and itchy."
Accustomed as he is to zany goings-on at the Smithsonian, beleaguered foreign-affairs officer Henry Scruggs (Mr. Smithson's Bones, 1993, etc.) meets his match when he hosts 37 members of the K'ng-Gui tribe for the Bicentennial Folklore Festival. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"Amiably goofy, with truly inventive body disposals and charismatically nutty characters."
Slapstick prequel to The India Exhibition (1992), again featuring the hapless Henry Scruggs, the low-level State Department employee on loan (i.e., exiled) to the Smithsonian, where he can't find a date but keeps uncovering bodies of museum staff members who've been murdered, then disposed of in rococo ways. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 20, 1992

"A respectable, albeit eccentric, first effort."
Flamboyant characters acting goofy mark this debut, which pits middle-aged Henry Scruggs, a low-level State Department functionary on loan to the Smithsonian, against two sets of thieves—both determined to steal the ton-and-a-half gold statue that is the centerpiece of the about-to-open exhibition celebrating the sesquicentennial of little-known Indian nationalist K.V. Chandra. Read full book review >