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‘Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie’ The Sunday Times

A book that will glue you from beginning to end. If you love Agatha Christie, you’ll adore Caroline Graham, with characters who charm and murderers who terrorise. Named by the CWAs as one of ‘The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time’, The Killings at Badger’s Drift is the first spectacular novel in the Midsomer Murders series, the novel that inspired the ITV hit drama, now featuring an exclusive foreword by John Nettles who played best-loved TV detective and star of Midsomer Murders, DCI Tom Barnaby.

The village of Badger’s Drift is the essence of tranquillity. But when resident and well-loved spinster Miss Simpson takes a stroll in the nearby woods, she stumbles across something she was never meant to see, and there’s only one way to keep her quiet.

Miss Simpson’s death is not suspicious, say the villagers. But Miss Lucy Bellringer refuses to rest: her friend has been murdered. She is sure of it.

She calls on Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby to investigate, and it isn’t long until the previously unseen seamy side of Badger’s Drift is brought to light.

But as old rivalries, past loves and new scandals surface, the next murder is not far away.

Praise for Caroline Graham’s novels:

‘One to savour’ Val McDermid

‘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’ Mail on Sunday
‘A witty, well-plotted, absolute joy of a book’ Yorkshire Post

‘Swift, tense and highly alarming’ TLS

‘Lots of excellent character sketches . . . and the dialogue is lively and convincing’ Independent

‘Read her and you’ll be astonished . . . very sexy, very hip and very funny’ Scotsman

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