Faithful Unto Death : A Midsomer Murders Mystery 5, Paperback Book

Faithful Unto Death : A Midsomer Murders Mystery 5 Paperback

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The Fawcett Green bell-ringers aren't particularly surprised when Simone Hollingsworth fails to turn up at practice.

Her fellow campanologists just assume that bell ringing has become the latest in a long list of abandoned hobbies. But then the increasingly strange behaviour of Simone's husband, Alan, begins to raise neighbourly suspicions about her whereabouts. And when the discovery of a body draws Chief Inspector Barnaby to the village, it becomes clear that unravelling the couple's tangled lives will have painful repercussions for the whole village...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780755342198

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A young woman disappears and her husband starts acting odd, so Inspector Barnaby is called in to see if there's any foul play afoot, which there turns out to be plenty of when the husband ends up dead and yet another young woman goes missing. The previous book in the series was my favorite and I thought Graham had hit her stride properly with the series, but this installment hit a stumbling block and turned out to be my least favorite. It moves incredibly slowly and at long stretches absolutely nothing happens that brings the story forward. There are several references in the text as to how slowly a police investigation sometimes proceeds, but I very much doubt a fictional detective story needs to move in real-time. Also, Sergeant Troy is no longer the bumbling, laddish, lovable fool that he's been before, but had become uncouth and at times even downright mean. It's also not a great thing when the fate of the baddies is little more than an "oh well, nothing to do about that;" there needs to be some sort of comeuppance or at least a point made about its absence. Hopefully this installment was a blip on the Midsomer radar and we get our proper format back in the next book.

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