Marking the debut of Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby with his irresistibly dry sense of humor and keen insight into what makes people tick, The Killings at Badger’s Drift is set in an apparently picture-perfect English village. Yet when a local spinster dies unexpectedly, the Inspector and his deputy uncover a swamp of ugly scandals and long-suppressed resentments.
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.
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Quite literary for a murder mystery.
As a great fan of the TV series, Midsomer Murders, I was curious to see how closely they followed the books. The script is almost word for word except for some small changes done most likely so the story would fit into the time allotted.