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Written in Blood (1995)

by Caroline Graham

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Series: Chief Inspector Barnaby Mysteries (4)

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It's clear to most members of Midsomer Worthy's Writers' Circle that asking bestselling author Max Jennings to talk to them is a little ambitious. Less clear are the reasons for secretary Gerald Hadleigh's fierce objections to seeing the man - a face from his past - again. Astonishingly, Jennings accepts the invitation but, before the night is out, Gerald is dead. Summoned to investigate, Chief Inspector Barnaby finds that Gerald's life is as much of a mystery to his neighbours as his violent death. The key is surely their illustrious guest speaker - but where is he now?… (more)
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I don’t know what else I can say other than this series keeps on being amazing no matter how far into it I get. ( )
  cthuwu | Jul 28, 2021 |
This is the best of the Inspector Barnaby stories so far in the series. ( )
  M_Clark | May 11, 2021 |
These books are not an easy read. Several characters, not just the baddie, are irredeemably stupid or evil or both; even the good guys are ambiguous. Which is reality, yes, but not quite what I had in mind. ( )
  CatherineBurkeHines | Nov 28, 2018 |
WRITTEN IN BLOOD: Inspector Barnaby #4 by Caroline Graham.
The Inspector Barnaby series is written against a very detailed backdrop of British village life.
The locations, the plots, the characters are British to the extreme, and are reminiscent of a ‘golden age’ of mystery by writers like Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers.
This title (like its predecessors) is a mystery; a police procedural; a portrayal of British village life in all of its minutia. It contains very quirky characters; horror; high (often comedic) drama; beautiful locations, architecture and gardens. Throw in a bit (a lot) of jealousy, adultery, petty squabbles and intense snobbery and one is in for a very satisfying read.
The first few Midsomer Murders tv programs are based on this series and the central characters. I think DCI Tom Barnaby and especially Gavin Troy are a bit more likable in the tv productions.
But whatever your preference, both the books and the tv series are very likable and well-done.

When the Midsomer Worthy Writer’s Circle invites a rather famous writer to its monthly meeting - chaos, high drama and death result.
The detailed characters in this title were especially good. And several unsuspected secrets are revealed.
A wonderful read. **** ( )
  diana.hauser | Mar 14, 2018 |
OK. This series is not as long-lived with me as many.... I could stop, satisfied, after Death of a Hollow Man (especially since I'm so addicted to the tv show!) ( )
1 vote kmajort | Feb 9, 2018 |
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It's clear to most members of Midsomer Worthy's Writers' Circle that asking bestselling author Max Jennings to talk to them is a little ambitious. Less clear are the reasons for secretary Gerald Hadleigh's fierce objections to seeing the man - a face from his past - again. Astonishingly, Jennings accepts the invitation but, before the night is out, Gerald is dead. Summoned to investigate, Chief Inspector Barnaby finds that Gerald's life is as much of a mystery to his neighbours as his violent death. The key is surely their illustrious guest speaker - but where is he now?

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The Midsomer Worthy Writers' Circle invites author Max Jennings to speak at a monthly meeting, but the decision is not popular with all the members, particularly Gerald Hadleigh. The morning after Jennings' speech, Hadleigh is dead and the author has disappeared. Can Inspector Barnaby and Sergeant Troy sort out high drama from baser motives?
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