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1936: London is abuzz with gossip about the affair between Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson. But the king is not the only member of the aristocracy with a hard decision to make. Owen Montignac, the handsome and charismatic descendent of a wealthy land-owning family, is anxiously awaiting the reading of his late uncle's will. For Owen has run up huge gambling debts and casino boss Nicholas Delfy has given him a choice: find £50,000 by Christmas - or find yourself six feet under. 

So when Owen discovers that he has been cut out of the will in favour of his beautiful cousin Stella, it is time to prove just how cunning he can be.... And Owen is nothing if not inventive - even a royal crisis can provide the means for profit. And for murder.... 

©2012 John Boyne (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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  • Robin
  • 08-12-2020

Next Of Kin

Absolutely riveting from the start John Boyne does it every time. Fabulous story. Wonderful writing. Every book a new and unexpected treat. My totally favourite author.

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  • 03-05-2021

An entertaining listen

Another solid novel by Boyne and although it won’t go down as my favourite, it’s still a jolly good read. Aristocracy meets criminality in very British society of the 1930s, with big characters, big ideas and big debt. We even get to meet Edward and Mrs Simpson. This book contains Boyne’s usual sharp wit and cynicism and works very well as an audiobook.

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  • The Curator
  • 19-08-2020

Kind hearts and coronets

You know you’re onto a winner when the most likeable characters in a book are the Duke and Duchess of Windsor! Here some dreadful people do terrible things but in a brilliantly complex and enjoyable way. This is a wonderful story about entitlement and what people will do to get what they think they deserve.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-2021

yet another masterpiece by boyne. unputdownable.

set in 1930's Britain, a tale of murder, gentlemen,entitlement, lineage, love, political intrigue and legal machinations this has everything. a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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