The Killings At Badger's Drift

The Killings At Badger s Drift Badger s Drift is the ideal English village complete with vicar bumbling local doctor and kindly spinster with a nice line in homemade cookies But when the spinster dies suddenly her best friend k

  • Title: The Killings At Badger's Drift
  • Author: Caroline Graham
  • ISBN: 9780747232339
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The Killings At Badger's Drift

    Badger s Drift is the ideal English village, complete with vicar, bumbling local doctor, and kindly spinster with a nice line in homemade cookies But when the spinster dies suddenly, her best friend kicks up an unseemly fuss, loud enough to attract the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby And when Barnaby and his eager beaver deputy start poking around, theBadger s Drift is the ideal English village, complete with vicar, bumbling local doctor, and kindly spinster with a nice line in homemade cookies But when the spinster dies suddenly, her best friend kicks up an unseemly fuss, loud enough to attract the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby And when Barnaby and his eager beaver deputy start poking around, they uncover a swamp of ugly scandals and long suppressed resentments seething below the picture postcard prettiness.In the grand English tradition of the quietly intelligent copper, Barnaby has both an irresistibly dry sense of humor and a keen insight into what makes people tick Badger s Drift marks Barnaby s debut.

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    1. Tracey

      I hunted down a copy of this for a monthly read of the English Mysteries group; I'd never read any of the Midsomer Murders novels before, and somehow never even saw any of the PBS Mystery! series made from them, so it was all new and different. (Really, though, I don't know how I managed to miss these all these years.)The plot summary: an elderly woman is found dead in her cottage in a lovely-seeming English village, and because her best friend will not back down from her assertion that it was [...]

    2. Jane

      Where I got the book: my local library #2.Octogenarian Miss Simpson is hunting orchids in the peaceful woods around the village of Badger's Drift when she sees something that deeply shocks her. Before the day is out she is dead, and her old friend Miss Bellringer calls on Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby to investigate her demise. The result is an unfolding revelation of the murder, adultery, jealousy, blackmail and--but I can't say what--that you would expect in any idyllic English village dep [...]

    3. Kathryn

      I’ve been a fan of the British detective series, Midsomer Murders, for almost two decades. I love the stark juxtaposition between brutal murder and idyllic country settings. For years I’ve known that Midsomer Murders is based on Caroline Graham’s Inspector Barnaby series.However, I never picked up the books. I didn’t want to muddy the waters between text and screen. On a recent rewatch of Midsomer Murders, I decided to throw caution to the wind and read the first installment. Am I happy [...]

    4. Marijan

      Kom se sviđa serija, svidjet će mu se i knjige. s tim što knjiga pruža i uvid u sve što se događa u glavama protagonista, što na Tv ne možemo vidjeti. Nisam ni znao da je Barnby takav pasionirani vrtlar.

    5. Kim

      There are lots of people out there who are big fans of Midsomer Murders, the long-running British television program based on this series. I'm not one of them. Not that there's anything wrong with it; it's just that I've never been attracted to murder-in-the-village television dramas. Had I been a Midsomer Murders fan, I'm pretty sure that I would have enjoyed this book much more, as I would have had an investment in the characters. However, for me the characterisation is what lets the novel dow [...]

    6. Marlene

      Originally published at Reading RealityTrue confession, totally appropriate since this is a murder mystery. I picked up The Killings at Badger's Drift because we're watching Midsomer Murders. I'm enjoying the show so much that I wanted to read the original.But that means it's not quite fair to judge the mystery on how well the author kept me from figuring out "whodunnit" because I already knew perfectly well who did it. I'd just watched it!And I still enjoyed every page of the story, even knowin [...]

    7. Filipa

      Um livro cheio de mistério, suspense, aldeãos que mentem, aldeãos coscuvilheiros, muitas personagens, um investigador competente - uma cabecinha pensadora e. . . mortes.Aqui estão os ingredientes deste livro.Tudo começa com a morte de uma velhota. A amiga velhota desta velhota (confuso?!) desconfia que a morte não foi natural como tudo indica e explica o porquê ao investigador e assim se dá o mote para a investigação começar.Infidelidades aos molhos. Algum romance. . . Um romance sór [...]

    8. DeAnna Knippling

      It starts out with a friendly competition over orchids between friends. It ends inath!A fun read, although I did figure it out pretty early due to writer cues (rather than logical puzzle-solving). Good characters; the plot went a lot darker than I expected without being hateful about its setting, which was nice. Clear writing but for a few transitions between characters near the end, but that may have been a formatting/line break issue in my edition. P.D. James lite? A good read.

    9. Lorraine

      When I started this novel, I found the writing style a little old-fashioned, and had to stop and re-read a new sections to get the meaning. But after 100 pages or so, the story became very intriguing and I went quickly through the rest. This is the first novel in the Chief Inspector Barnaby series (which went on to become the TV series Midsomer Murders). I enjoyed reading about Barnaby's home life, where his wife had every talent her husband could ask for but the ability to cook a decent meal. B [...]

    10. Denise

      A autora descreveu muito bem o cenário da típica aldeia, as suas rotinas, os seus modos antiquados e as cusquices dos aldeões.Opinião completa: quandoseabreumlivro.p

    11. Clarissa Draper

      Genre: Cozyish mystery - I say this because there are some gruesome scenes.How I read it: I own the book.What attracted me to the book: I love watching the series on TV.Who should read this book: Everyone who loves a clever whodunit.Summary (from amazon): The British author makes her debut here in an uncommonly appealing mystery, set in a tranquil village, Badger's Drift. Learned Chief Inspector Barnaby and callow Sergeant Troy go to work when importunate, elderly Miss Bellringer insists that he [...]

    12. Nancy Oakes

      The opening book of the Inspector Barnaby series featuring Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, the first episode takes place in a small village setting (I LOVE these) where murder is afoot. Miss Emily Simpson, an octogenarian, has had an ongoing competition with her friend Lucy Bellringer for years. It seems there is a particular type of orchid that grows only every so many years, and the two of them vie with each other to find it first, the loser being treated to a formal, high tea. This year Emily's [...]

    13. Francis

      It's like an edgy English village mystery. Like something Agatha Christie might have written the morning after finding out her husband was having an affair and having spent the night drinking only to wake up to an empty house, a hang over and a bitter heart.Only she writes better than Agatha, her detective isn't vain or prissy, the suspects motivations are difficult to determine and the murder(s) can be messy. On the other hand the solution will still give you a head ache.Considered by some to b [...]

    14. Sonia Cristina

      Não é habitual eu apreciar mais uma adaptação a TV (Neste caso, uma série de TV) que o livro, mas foi o que aconteceu aqui. Talvez também por eu ter visto muito recentemente o episódio da série baseado neste livro e ainda me lembrar de tudo, não consegui apreciar esta leitura. Os cenários na TV são tão bonitos e os personagens tão adequados que a escrita da autora não me conseguiu entusiasmar e as suas descrições ficam muito aquém do que vejo na TV.

    15. Thebroadgrumps

      I read this because I had enjoyed the TV series and because I had recently watched Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher books adapted to TV and found that the TV was not as good as the book (but still very enjoyable.So I was pleased to find that the uni dimensional Inspector Barnaby of the TV series was fleshed out and much more real ( and less likable) person in the book. I will probably read a few more of Caroline Graham's books.

    16. Miguel

      A história deste primeiro volume da nova coleção de romances policiais britânicos, da ASA, tem início quando Emily Simpson, aquando do seu passeio pela floresta da aldeia de Badger’s Drift, avista dois dos seus vizinhos em uma cena de sexo… selvagem.Opinião completa: facebook/photop?fbi

    17. Jemidar

      Rating clarification: 4.5 stars.Thoroughly enjoyable, well written and tightly plotted English mystery full of humour, pathos and memorable characters. Am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series :-).Buddy read with Kim and group read with the English Mystery Club.

    18. Dana Burda

      '' Asasinatele din Badger's Drift'' de Caroline Graham a apărut la editura Vremea în 2008 în colecția '' Roșu și negru''. Traducerea a fost făcută de Nicolae Papacu după romanul apărut pentru prima dată în 1987 '' The Killingsbat Badger's Drift''.Ediția a fost îngrijită de Silvia Colfescu. Lectura acestui roman vine la mulți ani după vizionarea celebrului și foarte urmăritului serial '' Crimele din Midsomer '' care i-au făcut celebri pe inspectorul Barnaby și asistenții lui [...]

    19. Louise Marley

      I love the Midsomer Murders TV series (I've probably seen every episode), so I'm not sure why I've never read any of the books that the series was based on. Surprisingly there are only seven of them. This is the first, and I picked it up on Kindle for only 99p. Doing my usual read-a-series-in-the-wrong-order thing, I'd somehow already bought #2 in paperback sometime previously. The Killings at Badger's Drift (great title!) is a contemporary cosy crime/murder mystery written in a similar style to [...]

    20. Pauline Wharton

      It's sometimes hard to write a review because how do you compare, say, Charlotte Bronte with Agatha Christie with Tolkien with, say, the latest cozy mystery or romance. I'm always surprised by the high ratings given to genre novels which are predictable and badly written, compared with great novels. But I suppose readers who enjoy romantic fiction or YA or crime aren't necessarily going to be too keen on Shakespeare The Midsummer Murders series belongs to a genre and has the characteristics of i [...]

    21. Heather Inker

      It shouldn't have taken me three days to read this but oh wellLet's just say I am absolutely obsessed with the Midsomer Murders tv program. I love it and have watched every episode at least twice!I have to admit I was worried about reading this as the first episode was one of my faves but I really really enjoyed this :)I do feel, however that the slight changes made to the episode were a little off putting because even though the book came first, I found myself saying "well that's not how it wen [...]

    22. Nabiela

      I love mysteries , and you can't really get any better than a Midsomer Murder Mystery . Immersive and unafraid , this book is no - holds barred . Exploring the very ugly and evil while maintaining the necessary stoicism isn't easy but Chief Inspector manages to do it with most of his humanity intact . The character motivations were believable and consistent as were their actions , quite a feat with as many characters as this book had . To sum it up , this book is really about the virtue of beaut [...]

    23. J.C.

      For those of you who are familiar with the television show Midsomer Murders and have never read the series they are based on, I have to ask you one question: Why?I admit though that I've been watching the series for years, but didn't discover until recently it was based on novels by Caroline Graham. I put them on my wish list, so when I found a copy of the first book when I went shopping on my birthday I knew it was kismet.There were very few things changed for television, nearly all minor. The [...]

    24. B.V.

      In 1987, Caroline Graham (born in the UK in 1931) published her first crime novel, THE KILLINGS AT BADGER'S DRIFT, which introduced DCI Tom Barnaby and Sergeant Gavin Troy. The book won the Macavity Award for "Best First Novel" (in addition to being nominated for the same honor by the Anthony and Agatha Awards). In 1990, the Crime Writers' Association selected Badger's Drift as one of the top hundred crime novels of all time. The DCI Barnaby series was popular enough to spawn six more installmen [...]

    25. Ching-Bing-Ping

      The Killings At Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham is the first instalment in the series of crime novels featuring DCI Tom Barnaby, set in the fictional village of Badger’s Drift. Emily Simpson while collecting corral root orchid, steps on to a couple making love out in the open. The sight she sees troubles her deeply. And in the next scene she dies, promptly ruled as heart attack by her doctor. Her friend, Miss Bellringer, refuses to accept. She forces the police to look into the matter. DCI B [...]

    26. Martina

      It's no secret I like Midsomer Murders. There's something about picturesque English villages with a lot of crime and dirt underneath the surface that I enjoy a lot So I figured it was high time for me to read the first novel about the adventures of DCI Barnaby.The Killings At Badger's Drift is a rather mediocre effort. Graham writes well enough (though the style is a bit dated) and Barnaby is characterized fine for a first novel in the series. However, the Achilles heel of the novel is the plot. [...]

    27. Cheryl

      I had a sudden hankering for British crime and this was sitting on the table next to me, so I picked it up and read it. A very different narrative style, since it didn't stay with one character the entire time, but didn't give a lot of insight into the side characters when you saw them in their own scenes -- at least, not enough to know which scents were true and which were red herrings. I was a little surprised at the solution to the whole mystery, or all of the mysteries, but it does make some [...]

    28. Bryn

      Some other reviewers said the beginning was slow and boring. That was the only part I liked. About halfway through I had had my fill of "quirky" charactersl of them utterly unlikeable. Lying, greedy, antisocial, and psychologically twisted, all with dark secrets except the nice old lady who got killed in the beginning, and her friend. Even the detective, who supposedly is happily married, is ogling a beautiful suspect ("Years later, he would still remember the first time he saw") and his young p [...]

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