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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, in the wings Esslyn Carmichael suspects his wife is having an affair with the leading man. 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

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
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
One to savour
Val McDermid