The Killings at Badger's Drift : A Midsomer Murders Mystery 1, Paperback Book

The Killings at Badger's Drift : A Midsomer Murders Mystery 1 Paperback

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Badger's Drift - a tranquil English village, home to Miss Emily Simpson, a kindly, well-liked spinster. But when poor Miss Simpson takes a gentle stroll in the woods near her home one day and sees something among the trees that she was never meant to see, her peaceful existence is brought to an abrupt end.

To most, Miss Simpson's death looks natural enough, but her old friend Miss Lucy Bellringer is unconvinced and calls on Chief Inspector Barnaby for help. Sure enough, as he investigates, a previously unseen seamy side to Badger's Drift is revealed - one where old rivalries, old loves and new scandals are rife. And then there's a second, horrifically gruesome killing...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780755342150

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Experienced and thorough Chief Inspector Barnaby and clever but laddish Sergeant Troy are teamed up when it turns out that a natural death is actually a murder to conceal a pair of secret paramours and another murder follows to cover the tracks of the previous one, with the circle of suspects numbering nearly the same as the inhabitants of Badger's Drift itself. Great characters, especially Barnaby who manages to be an engaging detective at the same time as being a loving husband, patient father, and devoted gardener. I'm already fond of Barnaby from the TV-series, but the one in the book is almost better - he's much sharper in his estimations of people, has a dark past, and even lets lose some sarcasm at times. Such a great whodunit - I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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