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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books (Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745166210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745166216
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,907,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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 seven Inspector Barnaby novels --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Steffe on 3 Jun. 2004
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roger Murray on 7 Nov. 2009
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jane Baker VINE VOICE on 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steen Lykke Laursen on 21 Feb. 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
"The Killings at Badger's Drift" by Caroline Graham is first in her series of books that introduced character Inspector Barnaby.

The book starts with the death of an old woman, presumably of natural causes, who while hunting orchids in the peaceful area around the Badger's Drift village saw couple having sex.
Her friend Miss Bellringer suspected she was murdered and due to that she called Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby to investigate it.

Detective Barnaby will start his investigation and with each page turned, a reader will be more immersed into the shocking events so incompatible with the appearance of this peaceful English place.
He will discover fraud, infidelity, blackmail, murder - more than he could ever imagine...

This book by Caroline Graham is classic example of the police procedural due to the mystery murder type.

The book is well-written with its author elegant and concise style, although the entire book premise of such small place hiding so much crime and astonishing secrets seems a bit unbelievable.
Regardless of the crimes that will be slowly revealing, the book contains lot of famous subtle English humor therefore it's easy and enjoyable to read.

The only drawback I had with it is its characters that although good are not completely believable.
They seem a bit uninteresting, even a bit stereotypical that makes the book a little less authentic and possible in real life.

It would be interesting to see some other detective characters created by some authors instead of Detective Barnaby.

Overall, this is good thriller for your consideration although it's of bit less quality compared to some other police procedural thriller types like J.D. Robb, P. D. James or James Patterson.
Nevertheless, it's still book that can be recommended for all those thriller fans that are in search for new interesting series.
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