Death of a Hollow Man : A Midsomer Murders Mystery 2, Paperback

Death of a Hollow Man : A Midsomer Murders Mystery 2 Paperback

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Backstage at the Causton Amateur Dramatic Society's production of Amadeus, nerves are fraying.

On top of the fractious cast hierarchy imposed by Harold Winstanley, director and would-be impresario, cast member Esslyn Carmichael suspects his wife is having an affair with the leading man. And where better to settle scores than the stage? On opening night, Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby attends, purely as a member of the audience. But when someone turns Esslyn's final grand gesture into a very gruesome coup de theatre, Barnaby suddeny finds himself centre stage...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780755342167



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Probably a good book, except that the dramatizations of the novels have ruined the books for me. Barnaby is much more likable in the tv show, as is Troy, than in the book, and it was difficult for me to enjoy the book because of this. That said, if you haven't seen the show and you like murder mysteries set in country England, then this is a good series for you.

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When the leading man of Mrs. Barnaby's theater group dies by his own hand using the “prop” straight-razor, Chief Inspector Barnaby must interview people he considers friends to find the actual culprit. Definitely edgier than its television counterpart with Barnaby even dropping the f-word at one point, which also means that Troy is even more intolerant and thus funnier, so it's really to the book's benefit. For a mystery, its dilemma is very clever as well: those characters with a motive for the murder had no opportunity and the ones who had the opportunity had no motive. These books are certainly a lot less "cozy" than the TV-series although the characters are quite recognizable.

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