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The Killings At Badger's Drift

The Killings At Badger's Drift [Kindle Edition]

Caroline Graham
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The cleverly plotted and witty first mystery in Caroline Graham's acclaimed Inspector Barnaby series, which inspired the Midsomer Murders television series

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Badger's Drift - a tranquil English village, home to Miss Emily Simpson, a kindly, well-liked spinster. But when poor Miss Simpson takes a gentle stroll in the woods near her home one day and sees something among the trees that she was never meant to see, her peaceful existence is brought to an abrupt end.

To most, Miss Simpson's death looks natural enough, but her old friend Miss Lucy Bellringer is unconvinced and calls on Chief Inspector Barnaby for help. Sure enough, as he investigates, a previously unseen seamy side to Badger's Drift is revealed - one where old rivalries, old loves and new scandals are rife. And then there's a second, horrifically gruesome killing...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 548 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00GW4RTB6
  • Publisher: Headline (4 Mar 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,764 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 3 Jun 2004
This is my favourite Caroline Graham novel, quite simply because it's flawless. I was glued from beginning to end by the characters, the setting, the insights, the intrigue..... what I love about her craft is that she weaves so many seemingly different stories into one with such depth of detail. Her murders are never simple!

I think this may be the 'darkest' of her works, and that's why I love it so much. She never shys away from taboo subjects and her creepy characters are never ridiculous but very chilling.

If you like to guess a different conclusion at every chapter and sweat right along with Barnaby then you'll love this perfect country murder. I also highly recommend the screen adaptation with an excellent cast who truly bring the book to life.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Badger's Rift maybe? 13 April 2009
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Graham's crime fiction is often of the gentle Miss Marple type and Barnaby is a loveable character, easy on the eye and brain. However this novel has some clout in it. This is not a tale of gentle village life but of the running sores which poison the undergrowth. Amongst the pretty flowers and plants there is greed and there are feuds. Complicated relationships have Barnaby on his toes grappling with age-old ills and gripes which have festered. This is rich in plot and characters. A very good read indeed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I had long wanted to read a Caroline Graham crime novel to compare with the popular TV series, the early ephisodes being largely based on her novels- but not the later ones.

The novel is pacy, but not over-so, well-written and as one might expect there is considerably more characterisation and local detail than on TV. Graham's strong suit is giving the main characters a credible background history, which makes their behaviour much more explicable and interesting. That said, the TV was a generally faithful adaptation. Basically Graham writes a 20th/21st C version of Agatha Christie but with stronger characterisation, a bit more nastiness and of course more sex (or perhaps we should just say sex), although its not over-emphasised.

The details of the style of dress of the female characters in particular is notable; most of them are fairly eccentric, or extremely selfish and/or nasty personalities! I won't give away anything of the plot but would highly recommend this to anyone who is familiar with Inspector Barnaby as portrayed by John Nettles. The twist is suitably gripping if not entirely unexpected. Highly recommended. Also this first book provides the amusing details of Barnaby's wife's complete inability to cook!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody Hell! 21 Feb 2010
No more "fun" for the Rainbirds, though one of them survives, which is one of the details that differs from the TV plot as I remember. Another is that Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy appears to be an expert though somewhat aggressive driver and not as hopeless as visualized in Midsomer Murders.
Anyway it's an excellent murder mystery, and it doesn't really matter whether you've seen on the telly or not. I even read it after Written in Blood, which is the wrong way around, but I don't think it matters much either. Of course there are introductions to the main characters in this one but I would imagine most feel they know them pretty well already. I believe that the TV producers are generally very fair and true to Caroline Graham's characters, e.g. Troy's homophobia is portrayed expertly.
Graham commands a challenging use of the English language - there's a lot to learn for someone like me. She definitely exhausted my otherwise impressive and ever helpful Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary (sixth edition, 2000), though it may well be too much to expect the dictionary to list all flowers by Latin, English and nick name and every sort and shade of bathroom tiles etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 12 Mar 2011
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As an avid watcher of Midsomer Murders I was unsure if I would like the original novel. However, I found Caroline Graham an intelligent writer with an unusual turn of phrase at times. The character of Barnaby was slightly different to (and perhaps more complex than) the depiction by John Nettles, but not too much to be confusing.
This was a most enjoyable read, and I will be reading the rest of her Barnaby stories as a consequence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 9 Sep 2012
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Miss Simpson is found dead in her cottage. Her friend Lucy Bellringer does not believe it is natural causes and Chief Inspector Barnaby starts to think she might be right though his first impressions were that she just did not want to accept her friend was dead. He uncovers a web of secrets in the village of Badger's Drift including a particularly creepy undertaker and his even creepier mother.

This is the first book by Caroline Graham I've read and I am impressed by her writing. I thought her characters were convincing and well drawn and the plot is excellent. I didn't work out who the murderer was until very close to the end of the book. While there is an extremely unpleasant murder part way through the book it isn't described in graphic detail and is probably all the more shocking because it isn't described.

I like DI Barnaby and his sidekick Sgt Troy with his lady killing tendencies and his radical left wing views. I have never watched the TV series of Midsummer Murders but I definitely like this book and I shall be going on to read the rest of the series. If you like traditional murder mysteries with a village setting then try Caroline Graham's novels.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars English peaceful village hides terrible secrets under its surface
"The Killings at Badger's Drift" by Caroline Graham is first in her series of books that introduced character Inspector Barnaby. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Denis Vukosav
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Barnaby
I first read this book many years ago and thought I would revisit it. As soon as I read the opening chapter I remembered whodunnit, but that didn't matter too much. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Allan DB
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This was a good read, quite short but well-written with lots of humour, and slightly different versions of Barnaby and Troy than in the TV program. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chris F
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Author, Great Read
I have always enjoyed murder mystery books and I came along Caroline Graham, Faithful unto Death was the first book I read of hers and I must say I was impressed, I have since read... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed to baffle
CAN so many nasty people exist in one small English village? You betta believe it or you'll forego the delight in all this mayhem. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Cathy
3.0 out of 5 stars its just okay
sorry to go against what other readers have said but for me this book didn't cut it maybe a dfferent book by the same suthor may be okay we shall see
Published 10 months ago by lena
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling!
I've long been a fan of "Midsomer Murders", but had never read the books the series is based on, until now. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Well written and entertaining. It draws you in and becomes very difficult to stop reading. Would recommend to a friend.
Published 13 months ago by Newflat
5.0 out of 5 stars First class!
I have just finished reading my third inspector Barnaby which happens to be the first in the series. Read more
Published 14 months ago by H. Lacroix
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindle verion versus audio book and tv
I have watched many of the tv stories so when I was given the unabridged audio book was very pleased. However I fell asleep repeatedly trying to listen to 8 hrs 40 mins of this! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Tizzy
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