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Some of my cherished novels with academic setting are Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris, The Chatham School Affair by Thomas H. Cook, and A Separate Peace by John Knowles. A search for similar books leads me to British author Robert Goddard. In a writing career spanning more than twenty years, Robert Goddard’s novels have been described in many different ways—mystery, thriller, crime, even historical romance. He is the master of the plot twist, a compelling and engrossing storyteller and one of the best known advocates for the traditional virtues of pace, plot and narrative drive. This is it. Plot twist. In reading some of the readers’ comments, Robert Goddard is a master of clever twist, intrigue and plot manipulation—essential to weekend getaway reading. The book with the highest readers’ rating, Past Caring, is out of stock, so I got Beyond Recall and Into the Blue. Have anyone read Goddard? Airport novels?


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  1. I loved the Harris book as well as the Cook (like both authors in general and loved both of those books in particular). I have a few of Goddards books, too, but as yet have not read them–this tempts me of course! 🙂 I love academic settings too and with school starting soon was thinking I need to pick out something along those lines to read! Hope all is well Matt!

  2. Robert Goddard is one of my favorite authors. His “Past Caring” might be his best, yet all have wonderfully developed historical plots with mysterious twists. Thankfully a friend brought him to my attention years ago and I, and my husband, have kept up with his writing. Would definitely recommend!

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