Written in Blood (Chief Inspector Barnaby Series #4)

Written in Blood (Chief Inspector Barnaby Series #4)

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by Caroline Graham
     
 

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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

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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 the key to solving the murder will lie with the illustrious Jennings. There's only one problem: He seems to have disappeared.

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933397832
Publisher:
Felony & Mayhem, LLC
Publication date:
11/25/2007
Series:
Chief Inspector Barnaby Series , #4
Pages:
201
Sales rank:
251,150
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Written in Blood (Chief Inspector Barnaby Series #4) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Bonielynne More than 1 year ago
Great read! Wickedly funny, well plotted and quirky characters. Can't wait for her next one.