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The withdrawn and mysterious Gerald Hadleigh is dead just hours after the members of Midsomer Worthy's Writers' Circle have tucked themselves into bed. Summoned to the impeccable village, Barnaby and his bloody-minded sidekick, Sergeant Troy, delve into the strange passions intertwining this eccentric group of amateur writers and discover that the serenity of Midsomer Worthy is merely a facade.
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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 eight Inspector Barnaby novels.From Publishers Weekly:
Many elements in Graham's Chief Inspector Barnaby mysteries harken back to Christie: a small English village setting, a cast of odd characters, a sagacious inspector with his loyal sergeant. In this fourth entry, following Death in Disguise, the Midsomer Worthy Writers' Circle invites author Max Jennings to speak to them. Circle member Gerald Hadleigh is opposed to the choice but refuses to explain. He asks fellow member Rex St. John to stay with him throughout Jennings's visit. But after the event, the elderly St. John is tricked into departing, leaving Hadleigh alone with Jennings. The next morning, Hadleigh is found bludgeoned to death and Jennings is gone. The members of the Writers' Circle respond variously. St. John falls into a deep depression; Laura Hutton, whose love of the victim was unrequited, pitches into a days-long crying and drinking jag; Honoria Lyddiard evinces little reaction; her sister-in-law, Amy, and Sue Clapton are suitably shocked. Sue's husband, Brian, seems almost "gleeful." The skill with which Graham evokes these characters and explores their individual, often damaged, emotional histories rings of Rendell and P.D. James. The few too many coincidences in the plot will be forgiven for the crisp pace and satisfying twist at the end.
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Book Description William Morrow and Company, In, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110688100244
Book Description William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1995. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0688100244