A Ghost in the Machine : A Midsomer Murders Mystery 7 Paperback
All men should have a hobby: it keeps them out from under their wives' feet.
Dennis Brinkley's hobby, though, was killing machines.
No wonder the village was uneasy...Mallory Lawson believes that inheriting his aunt's beautiful house in Forbes Abbot may have saved his sanity.
It enables him to take early retirement from his appalling teaching job in London, and his wife Kate to realise her dream of starting her own company.
Life will be so much simpler in the country, won't it? But Forbes Abbot is not quite the close-knit community it seems, and little differences and squabbles can become violent - even murderous.
Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby has encountered many intriguing cases, but the case of the ghost in the machine is one to test even the most experienced of detectives.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 01/11/2007
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780755342211
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Review by -Eva-
A collector of ancient weapons is crushed by a trebuchet, a young woman is duped into squandering an inheritance, and a pseudo-psychic woman leaves the earthly realm, creating the possibility of a loving home for her neglected daughter. This (so far) last installment of the Inspector Barnaby/Midsomer Murders-series was published a few years after the rest of the series and feels a little bit like an indulgence (since the TV-series had by its publication become a hit) in that it's very long and the mystery, although it does permeate the storylines, isn't treated as being too urgent. The main thrust of the book is definitely village life and its inhabitants' respective quirks, relationships, and fates. The mystery-part is clever, though not rushed, and the denouement at the end is quite thrilling. Well worth the read if you're a Midsomer fan (this book has not been filmed), especially since it hints at Barnaby's upcoming retirement. No word if any more installments are forthcoming.