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Not Bad At All,
This review is from: A Ghost in the Machine: A Midsomer Murders Mystery 7 (Paperback)
I don't normally read crime fiction, so I have no prior experience to judge how well this has been written etc, but I must admit to liking it very much.
As a big fan of the Midsomer Murders tv series I decided to give these a go.
At first I was a bit lost and confused as to where Barnaby would come into the story as he only makes a brief appearance 150 pages in and makes no regular appearance until the third part of the novel. I'm more used to the structure of the TV show than I am the books (An adaptation of THIS novel has never been made as far as I know, but I think it should be!)
The characters are lively and memorable, although the only flaw that I can see is that there is only one or two people who are malicious enough to have done the murder, and so the list of suspects (compared to the entire list of characters present) is relatively small.
But the plotting can't really be faulted and is certainly better than recent episodes of the TV show.
At 500 pages, you won't be finishing it that quickly, so the value for money is there.
On the bad side, it does take a while to get going, as there are so many characters to set up. You get the feeling some sections could have been shaved down a bit here and there.
Pacing issues aside, this is a good read and I think it will make for an interesting adaptation if they wished to do it.