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Summary

The Killings at Badger's Drift is the first spectacular instalment in the Midsomer Murders series and the story that inspired the ITV hit drama, now featuring an exclusive foreword by John Nettles, who played best-loved TV detective and star of Midsomer Murders, DCI Tom Barnaby.

The village of Badger's Drift is the essence of tranquillity. But when resident and well-loved spinster Miss Simpson takes a stroll in the nearby woods, she stumbles across something she was never meant to see, and there's only one way to keep her quiet.

Miss Simpson's death is not suspicious, say the villagers. But Miss Lucy Bellringer refuses to rest: her friend has been murdered. She is sure of it.

She calls on Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby to investigate, and it isn't long until the previously unseen seamy side of Badger's Drift is brought to light. But as old rivalries, past loves and new scandals surface, the next murder is not far away.

©1987 Caroline Graham (P)2022 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic reviews

"Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie." (The Sunday Times)

"A mystery of which Agatha Christie would have been proud.... A beautifully written crime novel." (The Times)

"Tension builds, bitchery flares, resentment seethes...lots of atmosphere, colourful characters and fair clues." (Mail on Sunday)

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Fantastic- 5 star

I have waited so long for this book to come available on audible, and it didn't disappoint. Loved every minute of it 😊

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Midsummer Murders - my favourite

I love Midsummer Murders and now I love the Audible books as well. Well written and well performed.

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A great listen!

thoroughly enjoyed this audio edition. the narration was great. I'm really hoping all Caroline Graham book make it to audio. next one in series out soon! don't keep us waiting audible!

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Absolutely fabulous

Another well-written and narrated story. Characterisations beautifully depicted, rounded and interesting. Please make more….

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Really good,different to TV.

This was so different to the TV version, glad I took the plunge and will definitely be buying the next.
Characters very different to that , more complex and somewhat more human "warts an all" .
The narrator was excellent.

Strangely I do not remember this story being televised.

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Dreadful writing, dreary delivery

I tried to slog my way through the first few chapters but the writing is so awful and the reading so mediocre (as well as being too slow), that I had to bail. Makes Agatha Christie's writing look good. And, although her characters are cut-outs. her language skills limited, and her plots formulaic, at least Christie weaves an intricate web that entices and snares!

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Great murder mystery

Really enjoyed this book - great story very well narrated. Don’t be put off by the tv show - this is darker

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Better than the TV series

Guilty secret... I actually love the tv show Midsommer Murders... I happily moan for two hours on how Midsommer is the murder capital of the world and even the local newspaper doesn’t even report on the three brutal murders (plus the one attempt) that happens every weekend. So I was looking forward to listening to the very first book and wasn’t disappointed as it was actually a good entertaining story. I’m going to buy book 2 now... so hopefully that’ll be as entertaining and as well read as this one.

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brilliant

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Cosy Crime at its best.

Having never read anything written by Caroline Graham before but having watched lots of the televised series, I was pleasantly surprised to find this audible very enjoyable and easy to listen to. The Narrator was very good. I especially liked the descriptions of the location which conjured up a 'chocolate box' cottage surrounded by cottage gardens, reminiscent of Agatha Christie in many ways.Amidst the gruesome scenes of crime, there is mirth with Joyce Barnaby's cooking failures, and Tom Barnaby's frustration with Troy's shortcomings. A Murder Mystery to solve in the heart of Rural England!

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  • 29-04-22

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Thanks to those who wrote a review - I forced myself to buy this and I enjoyed it. Not a fan of
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The character development fleshed out in the original book version fascinated me. I had no idea that Detective # 2 was such a prickly pepper. This is where books beat TV and movies.

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  • carol m. yates
  • 21-05-22

Midsummer Murder lover…..

Thank you, been waiting for this series to come to Audible for such a long time. Did not disappoint! We all know Midsommer Murders, its been on British TV for 20+ years, and are so special. So, let’s stop talking about the TV program and concentrate on the book/series, very good. Well done Caroline Graham, an excellently crafted and twisted detective story, with a fabulous setting, rural England and some interesting and idiosyncratic characters (typical rural Brits). Overall yet another Detective series I am so excited it’s now on Audible.
Looking forward to Audible adding more book in the series, PLEASE keep John Hopkins as narrator for all books. ❤️

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  • 01-04-22

yes!!

I have been waiting forever for this. Thank you so much, keep them coming! I binged the whole thing in one setting

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  • 10-04-22

Well Done John Hopkins

John Hopkins's performance was excellent and I'm glad a former cast regular was chosen to narrate. As John Nettles said in the preface, the book offers so much more character development and depth than a television program can do with its time restrictions. Very enjoyable overall.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-05-22

INCREDIBLE!

All I can say is, WOW! What an amazing book! As a long-time devoted fan of Midsomer Murders, I can honestly say the book is 10X better. Caroline Graham describes the characters and settings so well you really feel like you're there in the scene. And the fact that the narrator is an actor who starred in Midsomer makes it even better. Probably one of the best books I've ever read. The only way I could have enjoyed it more is if I didn't already know the ending.

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  • ladyflash
  • 25-04-22

Excellently narrated

Getting John Hopkins (DC Dan Scott in seasons 7 & 8) to narrate this is awesome. He is ridiculously talented in many different media spaces and having him read books from Midsomer Murders after unceremoniously being written off of the show is such a relief, because I absolutely wanted to see more of him in the TV series. His voice work is so incredible. Loved reading/listening to this book and noticing the differences between the 90 minute episode and the story within the book. This is a must-listen if you are a Midsomer Murders fan, and even if you aren't it's narrated really well and the story is really good.

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  • Kenneth Siess
  • 03-04-22

LOVE IT!!!

What a great book. Even better than the TV show. Which I am a huge fan. Just different enough from the show, to keep it interesting and keeping you guessing.

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  • Witchofthewest
  • 27-06-22

Deliciously dark!

Compared to tv series, the book is surprisingly dark with colorful characters who aren’t always who or what they first appear. I also enjoyed “being inside” the protagonists’ heads and discovering their inner dialogues, which we don’t get in the tv series. John Nettles is just superb as narrator. I loved this book and have just downloaded the second in the series. Can’t wait to start listening!

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  • SB
  • 03-04-22

At last!

This is an excellent story with great narration. I love the TV series, but the books are even better. I'm excited this series is finally available in audio format.

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  • Jan H. Wolfe
  • 05-06-22

So much better than the TV show.

I loved this series on British television but this is so much richer. Narrator is superb. Story line drives on. Good long listen.

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