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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.

A Place of Safety by prize-winning writer Caroline Graham is the sixth Midsomer Murders novel starring much-loved Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. 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.

Everyone deserves a second chance – or at least that’s what ex-vicar Lionel Lawrence believes when he decides to open up the old rectory to a stream of young offenders. Lionel only wants to help these poor souls, but his good deed quickly spirals into a deadly mix of blackmail and murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby is sure he knows who is behind the disappearance of Lionel’s latest young charge. Will this elusive suspect prove to be the incarnation of evil itself?

Praise for Caroline Graham’s novels:

‘Everyone gets what they deserve in this high-class mystery’ Sunday Telegraph

‘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

‘From the moment the book opens it is gripping and horribly real because Ms Graham draws her characters so well, sets her scenes so perfectly’ Woman’s Own

‘An exemplary crime novel’ Literary Review

Reviews

A mystery of which Agatha Christie would have been proud. . . A beautifully written crime novel
The Times
Tension builds, bitchery flares, resentment seethes . . . lots of atmosphere, colourful characters and fair clues
Mail on Sunday
Everyone gets what they deserve in this high-class mystery
Sunday Telegraph
A witty, well-plotted, absolute joy of a book
Yorkshire Post
A treat . . . haunting stuff
Woman's Realm
Wickedly acid, yet sympathetic
Publishers Weekly
Swift, tense and highly alarming
TLS
Lots of excellent character sketches . . . and the dialogue is lively and convincing
Independent
One to savour
Val McDermid
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
Read her and you'll be astonished . . . very sexy, very hip and very funny
Scotsman
The mystery is intriguing, the wit shafts through like sunlight . . . do not miss this book
Family Circle