by Caroline Graham
An elderly schoolteacher is found dead, her best friend thinks it’s a case of foul play, and Chief Inspector Barnaby is dispatched to Badger’s Drift to investigate. Graham sprinkles her prose with words and expressions that are oh-so-British, her characters are colorful, and her plot is clever – albeit at times far-fetched. My complaint: I find Graham’s hero, DCI Barnaby, a bit smug and a bit dull. I have the same problem with the actor (John Nettles) who portrays Barnaby in the popular TV series based on Graham’s novels, Midsomer Murders.
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