The Killings at Badger's Drift (Chief Inspector Barnaby Series #1)

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Badger's Drift is an ideal English village, complete with vicar, bumbling local doctor, and kindly spinster with a nice line in homemade cookies. But when the spinster dies suddenly, her best friend kicks up an unseemly fuss, loud enough to attract the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby. And when Barnaby and his eager-beaver deputy start poking around, they uncover a swamp of ugly scandals and long-suppressed resentments seething below the picture-postcard prettiness. In the grand tradition of the...

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Overview

Badger's Drift is an ideal English village, complete with vicar, bumbling local doctor, and kindly spinster with a nice line in homemade cookies. But when the spinster dies suddenly, her best friend kicks up an unseemly fuss, loud enough to attract the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby. And when Barnaby and his eager-beaver deputy start poking around, they uncover a swamp of ugly scandals and long-suppressed resentments seething below the picture-postcard prettiness. In the grand tradition of the quietly intelligent copper, Barnaby has both an irresistibly dry sense of humor and a keen insight into what makes people tick.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The British author makes her debut here in an uncommonly appealing mystery, set in a tranquil village, Badger's Drift. Learned Chief Inspector Barnaby and callow Sergeant Troy go to work when importunate, elderly Miss Bellringer insists that her friend, Emily Simpson, did not die of a heart attack as her doctor claimed, but was murdered. An autopsy proves Miss Bellringer right; Emily had imbibed a Socratic mix of wine and hemlock. Spreading alarm throughout the community, an unseen murderer strikes again, leaving sly Mrs. Rainbird's bloody corpse to be found by her son, the local undertaker. As Barnaby and Troy investigate, they turn up evidence of another crime years earlier, and several suspects. Among them are the doctor's promiscuous wife, a young woman whose brother objects to her marriage to a rich widower and a Lady Chatterley-type gamekeeper. Diligent detecting brings the chief and his bumbling assistant to a sensational expose. Graham makes the characters humanly believable in her witty and tragic novel, a real winner. (January 21)
Library Journal
This choice English confection introduces a memorable police duo, Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby and Sergeant Troy. Juxtaposition of the conservative, distinguished Barnaby with the spontaneous, handsome, modish Troy provides ample opportunity for dry humor and wry insight. As the two investigate the coniine (hemlock) poisoning death of 80-year-old spinster Emily Simpson, they encounter a bizarre mixture of eccentric village dwellers, starting with the little old cat-lady and gardener friend of the deceased. The murder, of course, causes a commotion in picturesque Badger's Drift, laden with quaint cottages and Georgian manor houses. A winner. REK
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933397047
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Chief Inspector Barnaby Series , #1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 81,365
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Graham
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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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Killings at Badger's Drift

    I bought this book for a friend for Christmas and she lent it to me. I've watched the first 13 sets of Midsomer Murders, so I was delighted to finally read one of the books. Even though I'd already seen this movie, the book still held my interest thoroughly. I loved reading about characters whom I'd already met on screen. This book is well-written, has several red herrings, interesting characters, a good mystery, and I want to read the rest in this series, even though I've seen the movies.

    Tom Barnaby is a low-key detective in a picturesque English village. Several murders take place and Chief Inspector Barnaby and his assistant, DC Troy, gather evidence with the help of the village folk and tie it altother with a surprising and rather jolting ending.

    I absolutely recommend it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    I loved this book and can hardly wait to read the rest of the se

    I loved this book and can hardly wait to read the rest of the series. The plot has just enough twists and turns and possible suspects to keep you guessing--and reading on. A great choice for the beach or perhaps a long plane ride.

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  • Posted January 1, 2013

    Disappointing

    Read reviews that said it was wonderful and award winning. Was not really impressed, although it was a god read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    The Killings At Badgers Drift

    This is an amazing book which captures the serenity of a tranquil English village with perfection. It has the undercurrent of murder, and is a thought-provoking and witty read which blends into the deception, deceit and hate that proves everything is not as it seems. A beautiful and talented novel, which I hold highly among some of the best crime fiction ever written. Barnaby is brilliant!

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