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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.

The fourth novel in the Midsomer Murders series by award-winning writer Caroline Graham, Written in Blood, stars Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. Features an exclusive foreword by John Nettles, ITV’s DCI Tom Barnaby. If you love Agatha Christie, Ann Granger and James Runcie’s The Grantchester Mysteries, you won’t be able to get enough of the Midsomer Murders mysteries.

Despite the fierce, and seemingly personal, objections of secretary Gerald Hadleigh, members of the Midsomer Worthy Writers’ Circle press ahead and invite bestselling author Max Jennings to talk to their group. Besides, it’s not as though he’ll say yes. . . So when Jennings turns up to their meeting, they are completely over-awed by his presence.

But before the evening is over, Gerald has been brutally murdered.

Summoned to investigate, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby discovers that Gerald’s life was as much of a mystery to his neighbours as his violent death. The key to the killing must surely be their illustrious guest speaker, a face from Gerald’s past. But Jennings is nowhere to be found. . .

Praise for Caroline Graham’s novels:

‘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

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

‘The mystery is intriguing, the wit shafts through like sunlight . . . do not miss this book’ Family Circle

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