The Killings at Badger’s Drift by Caroline Graham


I have watched all the seasons available on Acorn TV of Midsomer Murders and finally decided to read one of the books.  This is the first book in the series that Midsomer Murders is based on.  In this book, we meet Chief Inspector Barnaby and Sargeant Troy and the additional characters of Joan, Barnaby’s wife and Cully, his actress daughter.  I have seen the episode based on this book so there was not much to surprise me, especially because the book and TV show were very similar.

This is a well written, at times humorous introduction to the series.  It captures the classic English village mystery feel to a T.  The characters are well drawn and interesting and the mystery is well plotted with red herrings and misdirection.  I am really glad I finally read one of the books and will look to read others in the series.  Very enjoyable read that immersed me in the world of Midsomer Murder.


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