Books by Tessa Barclay

Tessa Barclay is a former publishing editor and journalist who has written many successful novels, among them the four-part Craigallan series, the Wine Widow trilogy and the Corvill Weaving saga. She lives in south-west London.


DIAMONDS IN DISGUISE by Tessa Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2009

"Barclay offers a genuine puzzle, but as usual, it takes a back seat to local color and royal shenanigans."
Crown Prince Gregory (To Die For, 2007, etc.) heads to Rome to help his grandmother out of a royal mess. Read full book review >
TO DIE FOR by Tessa Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Although it never gets farther than Edinburgh, this tale of Chopin moves so glacially it reminds you of another Pole some 3,000 miles northward."
Gregory, deposed Crown Prince of Hirtenstein (Richer than Rubies, 2007, etc.), sticks his highborn schnozz into another murder. Read full book review >
RICHER THAN RUBIES by Tessa Barclay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Jo's intelligence and talent make it hard to accept her entanglement with one-dimensional Ivan in this sexless romance. "
A jewelry designer's intriguing new commission expands into an overplotted adventure from mystery author Barclay (A Final Discord, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
A FINAL DISCORD by Tessa Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Catnip for fans of dimwitted aristos who can't get out of their own way. "
Nothing but sour notes when classical-music entrepreneur Gregory Crowne (A Handful of Dust, 2004, etc.) agrees to help a spoiled rich kid jazz it up. Read full book review >
A HANDFUL OF DUST by Tessa Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"As Greg and Liz's romance spins busily in the background, Barclay wisely sets her mystery front and center. Only a too-pat solution mars the brisk dialogue and well-clued plot."
Crown Prince Gregory is abroad again and up to his royal ears in murder. Read full book review >
A BETTER CLASS OF PERSON by Tessa Barclay
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2003

"A pipe dream of upscale fantasy with little mystery, less suspense, and no romance to speak of, but a good deal of hobnobbing with the rich and formerly titled."
Some birthday parties just aren't meant to be fun. It's not that Elissa Paroskolos, at 25, is too old to enjoy the lavish weeklong festivities her wealthy husband Niki has prepared for her on the Greek island of Kerouli; it isn't even that Gregory Crowne, former Crown Prince Gregorius von Hirtenstein, has never much liked his spoiled, overbearing childhood companion. No, the deposed prince turned concert impresario (Farewell Performance, not reviewed) is sure that there's something different about Elissa. Of course she's still grieving the accidental death of her father in a boating accident and still shaky from a life-threatening bout of meningitis. But none of that would explain why she's required the exclusive services of nerve specialist Dr. Tonio Donati for an entire year; why her nurse, Trudi Weber, will scarcely let her out of her sight; or why she's so terrified by a mysterious dream of snakes. With the help of his girlfriend Liz Blair, a dress-designing commoner who drives his aristocratic family to distraction, Gregory eventually discovers what most readers will have suspected for much longer; and with the help of half a dozen convenient government operatives only too happy to assist any member of a one-time royal family, he uncovers crimes past and future and brings the miscreants to book. Read full book review >