Murder at Madingley Grange

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Simon Hannford is in need of some fast money, and murder seems the obvious solution. Specifically, a 1930s Murder Mystery Weekend, to be held at Madingly Grange, his aunt's superbly hideous gothic mansion. Simon and his sister are meant to be house-sitting, but surely Aunt Maude would not begrudge them the chance to earn a few nearly honest shekels. Simon's grand plans quickly go awry, beginning with the guests'each one dottier than the last'and moving on to the staff, hired on the cheap and with larcenous plans ...

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Overview

Simon Hannford is in need of some fast money, and murder seems the obvious solution. Specifically, a 1930s Murder Mystery Weekend, to be held at Madingly Grange, his aunt's superbly hideous gothic mansion. Simon and his sister are meant to be house-sitting, but surely Aunt Maude would not begrudge them the chance to earn a few nearly honest shekels. Simon's grand plans quickly go awry, beginning with the guests'each one dottier than the last'and moving on to the staff, hired on the cheap and with larcenous plans of their own. And when an actual body turns up, Simon's charade of detection is suddenly forced to begin in earnest.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A game of murder in an English country house appears headed for the real thing in this lumbering attempt at a romp. Simon Hannaford and his sister Laurie are left in charge of their aunt's estate near Oxford while she travels abroad; to settle some debts, Simon decides to sponsor a murder-mystery weekend for well-paying guests. Those who sign on include mystery aficionado Derek Gregory; his wife, Sheila; and snooty Mrs. Laetitia Saville with her daughter Rosemary, who are appalled by the wealthy but common gypsy family Gibbs--Fred, Vi and Mother Gibbs. It soon appears that everyone at Madingley Grange has arrived with ulterior motives, including the temp-service staff who are casing the place with an eye to burglary. When Derek is chosen victim, much to his voluble distaste, and then is found actually murdered the next day, Simon and Laurie's problems really begin. While Graham ( Death of a Hollow Man ) does give us the outline of a classic country house mystery, this is not Wodehouse-meets-Christie material, lacking the essential wit and complexity of both masters. Mystery Guild alternate. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933397528
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: Inspector Barnaby Series , #5
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 364,386
  • Product dimensions: 5.65 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.59 (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 March 9, 2014

    must read for Caroline Graham and lovers of English mystery

    Delightful tale of a money making plan gone very wrong. Excellent read!

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Different. If you like Midsomer Murders, you'll like this.

    Almost anyone who enjoys the slower pace of Midsomer Murders will most likely enjoy this book as well. Graham's writing style is different. She is very, very methodical in the descriptions of people and places. Stephen King can tell twice as much in half the words. However, King is American and Graham is English. Therein lies the difference.
    It is a slow-moving book, but don't let that deter you. In fact some may prefer it. Once the all the characters are introduced it picks up nicely and ends well.

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