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Death in Disguise (1992)

by Caroline Graham

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Series: Chief Inspector Barnaby (3)

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When the death up at the big house is announced to the village of Compton Dando, few are surprised. Given that it's the home of an unlikely bunch of New Age oddballs, perhaps it was a only a matter of time before one of them came to a bad end. The verdict: an accident. But only weeks later, another death is reported, and this time there's no doubt about it - it's murder. To Chief Inspector Barnaby, hurriedly summoned to the scene, it is immediately apparent that the case is far from straightforward, the suspects being among the most bizarre he has ever encountered...… (more)
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I'm still so in love with the way Caroline Graham describes things. She just draws you into her descriptions and her indirect dialogue so well that you never get overwhelmed when you're reading a character's backstory. ( )
  cthuwu | Jul 28, 2021 |
This is the third in the Inspector Barnaby series and proved to be a disappointment. Nearly the first half of the book is spent setting the scene and describing the main characters. What also proved disappointing was the amount of Brit slang and New Age lingo that was, for me, mostly unintelligible. ( )
  M_Clark | Feb 24, 2021 |
DEATH IN DISGUISE: Inspector Barnaby #3 written by Caroline Graham.
The Lodge of the Golden Windhorse is a new-age commune/cult and a subject of gossip, ridicule and suspicions for the local village inhabitants. When murders occur on the grounds, Causton CID’s DCI Barnaby and Sergeant Gavin Troy are sent to investigate and solve the cases.
Author Caroline Graham is at her wittiest and most scathing in presenting the characters of this ‘closed community’.
A great read. **** ( )
  diana.hauser | Mar 14, 2018 |
While May Cuttle is regressing to a previous life, the head of the spiritual commune where she lives is knifed. Is it connected with the death a month or two earlier of another member of the commune who fell down the stairs and broke his neck? Barnaby and Troy investigate.

This one is my favourite in the series so far, with a manageable list of suspects whose motivation and back stories are more interesting than in the TV episode, which I watched afterwards. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Apr 21, 2017 |
Set on a large estate that is run and occupied by a New Age religious group. Chief Inspector Barnaby and Sgt. Troy arrive when The Master, the head of the group, is murdered during a regression session. This book was very slow-moving for me, long and drawn out, with much detail about the lives of the members of the group, such that Inspector Barnaby doesn’t even make an entrance until a third through the book.

I liked the other two books in the series, but really found this one tedious and slow-going. I don’t know if it was just that I couldn’t get interested in any of the characters, but this was a real struggle for me. ( )
  Hanneri | Aug 21, 2015 |
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When the death up at the big house is announced to the village of Compton Dando, few are surprised. Given that it's the home of an unlikely bunch of New Age oddballs, perhaps it was a only a matter of time before one of them came to a bad end. The verdict: an accident. But only weeks later, another death is reported, and this time there's no doubt about it - it's murder. To Chief Inspector Barnaby, hurriedly summoned to the scene, it is immediately apparent that the case is far from straightforward, the suspects being among the most bizarre he has ever encountered...

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Murder in a country manor inhabited by a cult of mystics tests the patience and skills of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, last seen in Murder at Madingley Grange . After the death of cult member Jim Carter is ruled an accident, various residents of the Lodge of the Golden Windhorse in the English village of Compton Dando go about their normal lives - communing with the spirits, astral-planing to the planet Venus, holding "psychic weekends."

One event looms, however: a scheduled visit by financier Guy Gamelin, a ruthless robber-baron and father of cult member and heiress Suhami, known as Sylvie Gamelin in her earlier life. Following Gamelin's unsuccessful attempt to reconcile with Suhami, the Master of the lodge is killed by a knife thrown during a psychic regression by one of the cultists. Barnaby's investigation uncovers a variety of suspects and discrepancies: Suhami accuses her father; several of the residents, including the Master, prove to be other than they claim; a retarded boy holds important information but cannot speak about it.
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