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The killings at Badger's Drift
Graham, Caroline, 1931-
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Bath : Chivers Audio Books ; Hampton, NH : Chivers North America, [1996]

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Miss Simpson's stroll in the woods around Badger's Drift ends violently when she sees something in the trees she was never meant to see.

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Caroline Graham (born on July 17, 1931 in Nuneaton) is an English playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She attended the Open University, and received a degree in writing for the theatre from the University of Birmingham.

Her first published book was Fire Dance, a romance novel. She is best-known as the writer of the Chief Inspector Barnaby series, which was made into a series for television in the UK known as Midsomer Murders. The first Inspector Barnaby novel, The Killings at Badger's Drift, was published in 1988 and named as one of The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time. Since then she has written six more, with latest novel A Ghost in the Machine published in 2004.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Graham has obviously read and studied the classic British mystery very thoroughly, for she has produced an excellent first novel using all the genre's familiar figures, settings, and plot devices. When spinster Emily Simpson, age 80, is found dead in her picturesque cottage in the tiny village of Badger's Drift, the pompous Dr. Lessiter has no reason to suspect that she died from anything other than natural causes. But it does not satisfy Miss Simpson's closest friend, Lucy Bellringer, who promptly contacts Chief Inspector Barnaby. Looking at the scene of the death, the inspector notices a very odd smell, which turns out to be hemlock a good dose of which is discovered in poor Miss Simpson's body. In such a small village, everyone is questioned, and in the best tradition of British detective fiction, all kinds of queer things begin to surface. Not the least of these facts is that, while gathering wildflowers, Miss Simpson apparently caught two villagers in flagrante delicto. With crisp dialogue, good characters, expert pacing, and a very credible plot, this compelling story makes Graham a definite comer in the world of British mysteries. SWM. [CIP] 87-1284

Publisher's Weekly Review

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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.