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Faithful unto Death: A Midsomer Murders Mystery 5 (Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby Novels) Paperback – 4 Oct 2007
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A mystery of which Agatha Christie would have been proud. . . A beautifully written crime novel (The Times)
Tension builds, bitchery flares, resentment seethes . . . lots of atmosphere, colourful characters and fair clues (Mail on Sunday)
Everyone gets what they deserve in this high-class mystery (Sunday Telegraph)
A witty, well-plotted, absolute joy of a book (Yorkshire Post)
A treat . . . haunting stuff (Woman's Realm)
Wickedly acid, yet sympathetic (Publishers Weekly)
Swift, tense and highly alarming (TLS)
Lots of excellent character sketches . . . and the dialogue is lively and convincing (Independent)
One to savour (Val McDermid)
Hard to praise highly enough (The Sunday Times)
Her books are not just great whodunits but great novels in their own right (Julie Burchill)
Enlivened by a very sardonic wit and turn of phrase, the narrative drive never falters (Birmingham Post)
Read her and you'll be astonished . . . very sexy, very hip and very funny (Scotsman)
The mystery is intriguing, the wit shafts through like sunlight . . . do not miss this book (Family Circle)
In this compulsive fifth mystery of the series on which Midsomer Murders is based, Inspector Barnaby must unravel the truth about a marriageSee all Product description
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Amusingly Caroline Graham continues her exploration of what lies beneath the surface of village life, so little what it seems. Eccentrics abound. Flamboyantly garbed old Mrs. Molfrey is fun, with a past that greatly surprises. In contrast, the local store owners simply irritate with their Tudor-style pretensions - talk full of "prithee, verily" and the like.
Here, as ever throughout Midsomer, are secrets, blinkered attitudes, love of scandal and, of course, death. Barnaby's success rate is impressive, but can this be a time when he is outwitted?
Full enjoyment depends on how much one can believe in certain actions. (MILD SPOILERS ALERT!) Does desperately sad Becky's stalking convince? How about a husband who forks out £200,000 on a necklace to keep his wife happy?
For some, the depiction of DS Troy may be cause for regret. In print at any rate, he is an unappealing piece of work. Except for attractive women, he (married and a father) is disparaging about almost everything. (Admittedly he is amusing about thatched cottages: "Who'd want to live in a house with a wig on?") Many may prefer PC Colin Perrot - out of his depth but trying his hardest, despite Troy's sneers and bullying.
A 2016 reissue of the 1996 novel. Whilst there is much to enjoy, some may feel Caroline Graham's love of detail causes the pace to suffer. With four hundred and fifty pages, this read may prove a little too leisurely for maximum impact. Be advised that John Nettles (TV's Barnaby) does not agree, he much preferring the books. On the whole, I do too but feel several would benefit from a trim.
I read well past my usual bedtime with this one as it was impossible to put down unfinished and at the end, while fighting to keep my eyes open, I was rewarded by a great ending and immediately struck by the need to crack open the next one.
Such good writing and compared a lot to Agatha Christie but I think this is even better than Christie as I was never fond of her writing and the few I've tried have all been DNF's. This is so much better. I can't get John Nettles out of my head now though while reading but that's okay, he's definitely Barnaby.
Brilliant series and although cosies are not really my thing I'm loving it all so far.