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5.0 out of 5 stars No place of safety, this.
Picture a rectory in a small English village, and you will probably call up associations of sanctuary, harmony, shelter and reverence. Read a few chapters of this excellent crime novel and you’ll see a very different picture. The vicar, no longer holding office in the church, peoples the childless household with young offenders serving their time of...
Published on 23 Dec 2003 by John Austin

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2.0 out of 5 stars Mid sumers
Hard book to read could not get into it .
I don't think it's my sort of read but I stuck with it
Published 11 months ago by Stephen Crook


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5.0 out of 5 stars She really knows how to write..., 20 Aug 2013
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H. Lacroix (France) - See all my reviews
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Another impeccable example of her talent as a writer. As always her timing is excellent, her characters superbly drawn and it is so easy to lose oneself into the villagers' lives. Her eye for detail and the attention she puts in character analysis is simply superb. A really gifted writer! As for Barnaby she really has created an immensely complex and likeable persona, hard but fair, driven but very human. A wonderful creation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barnaby and Troy ride again, 23 Aug 2014
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This is a great read, full of wonderful characters, humour and clever plotting. Troy in particular is very well drawn and enormously entertaining. I don't think this was adapted for TV apart from the anniversary thread so it is quite fresh too.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best "Midsomer Murders" book yet!, 9 Sep 1999
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I loved this book - it wasn't a murder story like the other books involving Barnaby, but it was brilliant anyway. I felt that the vicar was a very dull character though - he could have been anyone, not necessarily a vicar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rewards and Irritations, 31 Mar 2000
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John Whelan (Ottawa, Canada) - See all my reviews
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Caroline Graham's earlier books have been serious or overtly humorous, the later books are a strange mixture of subtleties and caricature. Whether a book is enjoyable or not seems to depend on the balance between the endearingly or interestingly eccentric, the irritating and the obnoxious. I enjoyed 'A Place of Safety' despite the presence of the forthright Cully, who can dominate a book even if she's supposed to be nowhere in the vicinity. (There seems to be a disproportionate number of fictional detectives with actress wives or daughters. I don't know whether authors use them in the interest of plot, as a way of introducing further elements of drama or because they think there are characteristics common to both professions.) I still find the author's use of product name-dropping excessive, almost enough to justify the addition of explanatory notes before the foreign and large print editions come out. The descriptions that don't use this device often seem much more interesting and inventive. It is difficult to classify all the books as a whole. Even in the main series different readers may find different books more or less congenial, but they may find it worthwhile to read more than one book before they decide what they do think of them.
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