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Murder at Madingley Grange
Graham, Caroline, 1931-
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New York : W. Morrow, 1991.
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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's Killings at Badger's Drift was a wonderful first novel using the English murder-in-the-village formula to excellent effect. This time around the author mixes mystery and farce, once again scoring a bull's eye. The premise is a natural: a brother and sister decide to host a mystery weekend while housesitting their aunt's enormous Victorian mansion, complete with topiary, moat, swans, peacocks, a library, and all the necessary accoutrements for a country-house murder. Of course, a real murder takes place. Or does it? This hilarious mystery-within-a-mystery features one of the most bizarre group of paying guests ever assembled for a country weekend. An absolute must for any mystery collection. ~--Stuart Miller

Publisher's Weekly Review

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