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Caroline Graham
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9 July 2009

Murder comes to Madingley Grange as a game goes horribly wrong.

When a failed entrepreneur is temporarily left in charge of his aunt's huge gothic home, he knows he must be able to make a profit from it somehow. Murder, he decides, is the only way to do it. For Madingley Grange is the perfect venue for a 1930s murder-mystery weekend and Simon Hannaford - with the reluctant help of his long-suffering sister - soon hatches a plan for money-spinning mayhem.

From the conservatory to the claret cellar, the clues are carefully sprinkled. But when the guests arrive it is obvious that the game won't be going as planned. Not one of the visitors is willing to play the victim. And when a body does appear, it hardly takes Hercule Poirot to guess it is not a volunteer. Now the game really begins...

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (9 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755355466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755355464
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A brilliant standalone novel from the creator of Midsomer Murders, the wonderful Caroline Graham

About the Author

Dubbed by the Sunday Times as, 'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie' and by the Yorkshire Post as 'the most underrated British crime writer', Caroline Graham is the author of eight Inspector Barnaby novels.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Murder mystery without a murder 13 Oct 2001
Call me old fashioned, but when I buy a whodunnit, I expect to have at least one murder in it. Unfortounatly, there is no murder, no investigation, and the crime is wrapped up in no more than 2 and a half pages.
But all due respect to Graham, the book is well written, and sets the classic genre exceptionally.
The story line is that of a brother and sister left in charge of their Aunt's gothic mansion, and, always on the look for a quick earner, the brother presudes the sister to put up a 1920s style murder weekend.
There are a host of funny and brilliantly portrayed characters (the transvestite maid and fortune telling old lady to name a few).
But, three quarters of the way through the book, there is not even a glint of a dagger. Not giving to much away, the plot is based on a planned, but unsucessful crime, which none of the guests are aware of even when they leave the Grange, and which almost leaves way for a sequel.
However, the book isn't easy reading. Graham is very descriptive, with many long words! Still, quite a good twist to the tale, and even a refreshing change to your average whodunnit.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 1930s Murder-farce. 7 Dec 2008
By Jane Baker VINE VOICE
I couldn't finish this. So ponderous in plot with dizzying characters, not in the least convincing. I am a big follower of Graham but I would not have recognised this as her work. Descriptions of the house and its rooms were interesting but there was nothing new for the reader and beyond that it was all a bit tiresome. Simon and Laurie were as silly as the visitors who came for a Murder-Mystery week-end. Quite the poorest crime fiction novel I've read and this is one of my favourite genres.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny spoof detective story 27 Mar 2011
By Chris
The other reviewers seem to have missed the fact that this is a deliberate spoof of a thirties detective story, and in my opinion very well done. I have read it several times and always find it very funny. (Probably the fault of the publishers failing to make this clear on the blurb - I bet they thought it wouldn't sell as well.)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not brilliant 16 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The plot was a bit too confusing at times, somehow the story just didn't flow. I plodded through to the end but it wasn't an enthralling read
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1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 20 Feb 2014
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Couldn't get engrossed in this. Disappointed. Unbelievable plot. Didn't finish book. Was expecting better from author of much enjoyed Vera.
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