Written in Blood (Chief Inspector Barnaby Series #4)

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The Midsomer Worthy's Writers Circle has never had much luck in attracting guest speakers. Consequently, there is much surprise?and, in the case of the Circle's secretary, Gerald Hadleigh, a furious, inexplicable objection-when best-selling novelist Max Jennings accepts their invitation. Surprise turns into a variety of responses when Hadleigh is found dead the morning after Jennings? visitation. Chief Inspector Barnaby, called in to investigate, is intrigued by the range of reactions, but soon determines that ...

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Overview

The Midsomer Worthy's Writers Circle has never had much luck in attracting guest speakers. Consequently, there is much surprise?and, in the case of the Circle's secretary, Gerald Hadleigh, a furious, inexplicable objection-when best-selling novelist Max Jennings accepts their invitation. Surprise turns into a variety of responses when Hadleigh is found dead the morning after Jennings? visitation. Chief Inspector Barnaby, called in to investigate, is intrigued by the range of reactions, but soon determines that the key to solving the murder will lie with the illustrious Jennings. There's only one problem: He seems to have disappeared.

Just hours after the members of the Midsomer Worthy Writers' Circle adjourned for the night, one of them is found battered to death. Now, Barnaby and Troy must delve into some secret passions among this eccentric group of amateur writers to discover who among them had written a plot for murder.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's 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. (Mar.)
Library Journal
This English procedural should warm the hearts of many with its humorous prose, odd characters, and traditional Inspector Barnaby. Barnaby investigates the murder of a writer's group member in a seemingly peaceful village. From the author of Death in Disguise (LJ 5/1/93).
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From the popular series by England's award-winning crime-story author. Barnaby & his sidekick Sergeant Troy delve into the strange passions and murderous consequences of an eccentric group of amateur writers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933397832
  • Publisher: Felony & Mayhem, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/25/2007
  • Series: Chief Inspector Barnaby Series , #4
  • Pages: 201
  • Sales rank: 203,666
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (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 20, 2010

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    Bonnielynne

    Great read! Wickedly funny, well plotted and quirky characters. Can't wait for her next one.

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