A Murder of Quality by John Le Carré | #PaperbackGiveaway #PenguinModernClassics

Published by Penguin UK Books

192 pages

My thanks to Sarah of Penguin for the invitation to take part in this mega three week blog tour celebrating the works of John Le Carré and the forthcoming TV adaption of The Little Drummer Girl in October – more details about this here.  There is also a giveaway for a paperback copy of A Murder of Quality – please see the Gleam entry box at the end of this post.

On 27 September Penguin Modern Classics will have published the entire works of John Le Carré, making him the living author with the greatest body of work to be awarded classic status.

John Le Carré is one of the greatest and most popular writers of our time. His writing has come to define the age, from his extraordinary Cold War novels THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY to his powerful depiction of the War on Terror in A MOST WANTED SPY and his most recent novel, A LEGACY OF SPIES. New to the list will be THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL – a thrilling story of love and loyalty set against the backdrop of the Middle East conflict. This compelling novel will be the subject of a major six-part BBC adaptation this October starring Alexander Skarsgård and Florence Pugh, from the producers of the award-winning BBC drama THE NIGHT MANAGER.


|   About the Book   |


A murder mystery in the finest tradition of English detective novels, John le Carré’s A Murder of Quality is an ingenious puzzle featuring his best-loved character George Smiley.

Stella Rode has twice disturbed the ancient cloisters of Carne School: firstly by being the wrong sort, with her doilies 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. Smiley knows that Stella feared her husband would murder her, but as he probes further beneath Carne’s respectable veneer, he uncovers far more than a simple crime of passion. In his second George Smiley novel, le Carré 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.




|   About the Author  |


One of the greatest spy novelists of all time, John le Carré was born in 1931. His third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, secured him a worldwide reputation, which was consolidated by the acclaim for his trilogy Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Honourable Schoolboy and Smiley’s People all featuring his most famous character, George Smiley, the quintessential Cold War operative. An antidote to Fleming’s racier James Bond, Smiley is cool, thoughtful, somewhat academic and (superficially) “breathtakingly normal” with a somewhat ambivalent attitude to the Service and its efficacy. His other novels, thrillers which range widely covering variously political issues of the arms trade, modern conflict and drug-trafficking, include: A Most Wanted Man, Our Kind of Traitor, A Delicate Truth and the recently adapted The Night Manager. His only work of non-fiction, The Pigeon Tunnel, was a Number One bestseller in 2016.


You can find out more by following John le Carré – News on Twitter and John Le Carré website

Amazon UK link for A Murder of Quality – Penguin Modern Classics


*** GIVEAWAY   ***

*Terms and Conditions – Penguin UK have given me one paperback copy of A Murder of Quality to give away. The competition is open to entrants in UK/Europe (sorry, but as I am paying the postage I can’t extend this to worldwide).   The winners will be selected at random via Gleam from all valid entries and will be notified by Twitter and/or email. If no response is received within 7 days then I reserve the right to select an alternative winner. Open to entrants aged 18 or over.  Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties. After I have dispatched the book to the winner, I will delete the data I hold. I am not responsible for any loss or delay of the prize within the postal system.


Paperback copy of A Murder of Quality of John Le Carré




  1. 6th October 2018 / 11:14 am

    I’ve never read a book by him. That’s bad, right? Although I did watch The Night Manager. So that’s something. 😁

    • 6th October 2018 / 5:29 pm

      Did you only watch it because of Tom Hiddleston lol

      • Eva
        6th October 2018 / 8:05 pm

        Yes, actually 😂

  2. 6th October 2018 / 12:34 pm

    I’m in exactly the same position as Eva!

  3. The Quiet Knitter - Kate
    6th October 2018 / 1:08 pm

    Fab giveaway for one of my all time favourite authors!

  4. 6th October 2018 / 5:29 pm

    Fab giveaway and post Karen! x

  5. 6th October 2018 / 7:59 pm

    Great giveaway, Karen!

  6. Rachel Hall
    6th October 2018 / 10:56 pm

    I absolutely adore the classy front covers on these Penguin Modern Classics. So distinctive and really quite elegant. Wonderful competition, Karen xx

  7. 7th October 2018 / 5:50 pm

    Great giveaway! I had no idea Le Carre had written outside of the spy genre – how intriguing! I watched The Night Manager (I’ll admit it, I was drawn in by Tom Hiddleston but ended up really enjoying the plot as well!) but have never read any Le Carre.

  8. Andrea Upton
    7th October 2018 / 8:34 pm

    Would love to read this

  9. Irma
    10th October 2018 / 3:00 pm

    I’ve read the – About the book – and I have to say that I am so intruiged by it. It really sounds unique, thrilling and the cover is gorgeous. Thanks.

  10. 11th October 2018 / 5:18 pm

    Eye catching cover – drew me in straight away. I’m sure I’ve read something by the author, but so far back in the recesses of my mind I can’t remember what. Even if I don’t win this, I’m adding it to my wish list.

  11. Solange
    11th October 2018 / 9:40 pm

    Sounds like a great read.

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