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Death of a Hollow Man
Death of a Hollow Man | Caroline Graham
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'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie' The Sunday Times Discover the novels that inspired the hit ITV series Midsomer Murders, seen and loved by millions. Death of a Hollow Man is the second instalment in the Midsomer Murders series, featuring Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby with an audience of 10.34 million. Featuring an exclusive foreword by John Nettles, ITV's DCI Tom Barnaby. Perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Ann Granger and James Runcie's The Grantchester Mysteries. Backstage nerves are fraying, and revenge is on its way. As Causton Amateur Dramatic Society prepares for the opening night of Amadeus, offstage Esslyn Carmichael suspects his wife is having an affair with another cast member. And where better to settle scores than the stage? Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby expects an evening of entertainment, attending only to show support for his wife. But when someone turns Esslyn's final grand gesture into a gruesome coup de theatre, Barnaby's investigation suddenly begins. Praise for Caroline Graham's novels: 'Characterisation first rate, plotting likewise. . . Written with enormous relish. A very superior whodunnit' Literary Review 'Hard to praise highly enough' The Sunday Times 'Her books are not just great whodunits but great novels in their own right' Julie Burchill 'Enlivened by a very sardonic wit and turn of phrase, the narrative drive never falters' Birmingham Post 'Guaranteed to keep you guessing until the very end' Woman
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CourtSmall
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Book 139/2022. Finished 5/7/22. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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SomedayAlmost
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A perfect step down from IT? Midsomer Murders. They‘re running out of plots after 20 years on TV, but this particular episode, The Scarecrow Murders, was pretty good. #mystery #murder #Scarathalon2021 #TeamSlaughter

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Lizpixie
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Bk5 of June is done! I couldn‘t resist buying the next in the Midsomer Murders cosy crime series on Kobo. Barnaby‘s wife Joyce is a member of the local theatre society who are putting together a run of the play Amadeus. But tensions are running beneath the surface until the leading man cuts his own throat onstage in what seems to be a terrible accident. Who‘d have thought so much happens in small villages? #SeriesRead2021 #StackingTheSeries 👇

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KathyWheeler
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This book only gets a pick instead of a so-so because it picked up after the murder — which didn‘t happen until I was 39% into the book, according to my Kindle. Before that, there was a lot of boring information about most of the characters that was just too much, and there was far too little of DCI Barnaby. I‘m glad I finished it though because I did end up liking it.

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LiteraryinLawrence
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I really liked book 2 of this series as well! A great mystery set in a community theatre. I‘m definitely going to read the rest of the series!

KathyWheeler I‘m fixing to read this soon. I just finished The Killings at Badger‘s Drift. 2y
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Allandanybooks
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I‘m super excited to read this as I‘ve always been of the TV series! Plus I‘m super excited that I won this from an Instagram giveaway #midsomermurders #amreadinmystery

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balletbookworm
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Now that I finished all the seasons of Midsomer Murders on Netflix, I decided to go back and read the original books. Tom Barnaby is the original dad detective, he is a delight. And Caroline Graham does write in a very witty, almost Agatha Christie way. For being written in 1989, the book doesn‘t feel that dated. However, I don‘t like Sgt Troy‘s character here, he‘s much better in the TV adaptation.

balletbookworm The adaptation from book to screen - which I think was done by Graham herself - is very different in that the show adds in a connected murder to start the episode and lend motivation for the events leading up to Esslyn‘s murder. I think it was a good choice for TV. All the extra stuff about Amadeus and the characters‘ sniping at one another works on the page, but would have been really boring on screen. (edited) 5y
balletbookworm This edition of the book is very cheaply and poorly typeset. Words are misspelled, copy editing mistakes abound. I can‘t decide if the use of “Persued” in the chapter heading “Exit, Persued by a Bear” instead of “Pursued” was meant to be a joke, since that was a spelling possible in Shakespeare‘s time, or just another example of sloppiness. Won‘t deter me from reading more though. It was fun. 5y
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