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A Ghost in the Machine (Chief Inspector Barnaby Series #7) [NOOK Book]

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When a bloody, pulverized body is found lying beneath the rustic timbers of an authentic torture device so vicious and complicated as to be blood-curdling, there's sufficient unrest in tiny Forbes Abbot to call in Chief Inspector Barnaby. Was Dennis Brinkley done in by crooked business partners, a teenage seductress, a couple of would-be publishers who've just inherited--and then lost--millions, or perhaps by tired, timid little Benny Fraye, ...
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A Ghost in the Machine (Chief Inspector Barnaby Series #7)

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Overview


When a bloody, pulverized body is found lying beneath the rustic timbers of an authentic torture device so vicious and complicated as to be blood-curdling, there's sufficient unrest in tiny Forbes Abbot to call in Chief Inspector Barnaby. Was Dennis Brinkley done in by crooked business partners, a teenage seductress, a couple of would-be publishers who've just inherited--and then lost--millions, or perhaps by tired, timid little Benny Fraye, who wouldn't hurt a fly--would she?

Barnaby will soon find out just who set in motion the gruesome machine that crushed the unfortunate victim. Caroline Graham's delightful cozy village mysteries, which inspired the continuing Midsommer Murders series starring Inspector Barnaby on A&E Television, have long been fan-favorites; A Ghost in the Machine is sure to cement her reputation as one of the best crime writers in the mystery business today.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With its focus on a dozen or so richly diverting characters, British author Graham's well-plotted ninth novel featuring Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (The Killings at Badger's Drift, etc.) has more in common with Dickens than with Conan Doyle. After old Carey Lawson's natural death, her nephew Mallory Lawson, whose idealism has trapped him in a teaching job he can't tolerate; his wife, Kate, who nurses a dream of publishing good books; and their willful, spoiled daughter Polly share in a legacy that will transform their lives. Carey's amiable, competent financial consultant and executor, Dennis Brinkley, collects huge and ancient weapons of war. The indecisive, diffident manner of the late woman's companion, Benny Frayle, hides a steely core of determination. Other striking characters include a medium who's a frustrated actress and her strange, abused daughter; a fortune hunter whose rich wife turns out to be no bargain; and a childless woman who finds an unusual answer for her longings. The first unnatural death occurs well into the book and doesn't become a murder investigation till halfway through. Those impatient with the initial lack of action will be well rewarded when the redoubtable Barnaby finally starts to sort things out. (Aug. 18) FYI: This series inspired the Midsommer Murders series starring Inspector Barnaby on A&E Television. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Fans of the A&E series starring Inspector Barnaby will welcome this most attractive village cozy. Barnaby is called to Forbes Abbot when the body of a man with a strange hobby is found squished beneath a medieval torture machine. Graham lives in England. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher
"Graham's ingeniously constructed novels featuring Chief Inspector Barnaby are actually clever satires, closer to Robert Barnard than Agatha Christie in their cruel theatricality. Although Graham lets a few genuinely nice characters slip away unscathed, her lethal humor can be a bit of a shock for the unknowing reader who finds her among the cozies."

-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"If Agatha Christie, Stephen King, and Maeve Binchy decided to collaborate, this might be the book they would write—a sort of police procedural, murder mystery, horror story, and English-village melodrama all in a single cover. It's an engaging, beguiling, surprising story with wonderfully drawn characters, laugh-aloud humor, sinister twists, and a splendidly multifaceted plot."-Booklist (starred review)

"Fans of the A&E series starring Inspector Barnaby will welcome this most attractive village cozy."-Library Journal

"With its...richly diverting characters, Graham's well-plotted ninth novel...has more in common with Dickens than with Conan Doyle."—Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466807549
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Chief Inspector Barnaby Series , #7
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 63,776
  • File size: 589 KB

Meet the Author


Caroline Graham was born in Warwickshire, England. Her first Inspector Barnaby novel, The Killings at Badger's Drift, was selected as one of the Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time by the Crime Writers' Association.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Caroline Graham is at the top of her game in A Ghost in the Machine! The characters are fully realized and the plot is satisfyingly intricate.

    If you haven't met Chief Inspector Barnaby and his sidekick, Sgt. Troy, you are missing 2 wonderful characters. They are down to earth, with quirks and foibles just like the rest of us. You'll find yourself chuckling.

    I recommend this series highly. If you haven't read any of the books yet, do yourself a favor and start right now! You won't regret it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great British village mystery

    In the village of Forbes Abbot, Dennis Brinkley is the subject of much local gossip as he collects replicas of old war-weapons and torture devices of varying sizes. Paradoxically, one of the collector¿s war machines crushes him to death. The villagers believe that a freak accident occurred, but his best friend Benny thinks someone is getting away with a homicide............................. The locals believe that Benny¿s contention is substantiated when psychic Ava Garrett insists she will ask Dennis to identify his killer at a séance she is hosting. However, before she can call on Dennis, an unknown assailant kills the psychic. Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby and Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy investigate the two homicides........................ No one does the English village police procedural better than Caroline Graham consistently accomplishes them. Her latest Barnaby and Troy triumph is a fabulous tale that ironically uses newcomers (Mallory and Kate Lawson and their daughter Polly) expecting a serene quiet change from London to introduce readers to Forbes Abbott and its eccentric residents that includes the late Dennis. The action is limited and the dynamic law enforcement duo does not appear until half way through the book as the oddball local characters take center stage with their goings on. The investigation is top rate, but it is the eccentricity of the villagers that make for a fantastic cozy-like tale with some profanity and one of the dead being a mangled bloody corpse............................... Harriet Klausner

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    Posted March 1, 2014

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    Dreadful book, couldn't even finish. Revolting characters. Not enough appeal to even try to finish book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    I couldn't even get passed the first 100 pages.  It was awful.

    I couldn't even get passed the first 100 pages.  It was awful.

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