To some of the more realistic members of the Midsomer Worthy’s Writers’ Circle, asking best-selling author Max Jennings to talk to them is outrageously ambitious. But, astonishingly, Jennings accepts the invitation and before the night is out a man is dead. Summoned to the village, Chief Inspector Barnaby finds that as witnesses to his final hours the members are of little help. But one thing they agree on is that on the night of his murder Gerald was a deeply troubled man.
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The novel is entertaining--especially the character of the police profiler--and very well read, but the repeated and prolonged descriptions of physical assaults became tedious.
I am an avid reader and listener. I listen to a lot of mystery novels, and especially love the "cozies". I also like most non-fiction!
I would definitely recommend this - it was an excellent story with deep, complex characterization.
I think the narrator, Ross, was okay - but honestly did not do the best job of differentiation characters. I mean - he was really okay, just not awesome.
I wasn't "moved" exactly, but there were several parts that got my ire up! I mean - parts where I was angry on a character's behalf, and also some really good parts where I felt some folks got their comeuppance!
I highly recommend this book if you enjoy British mysteries, and are not really into such dark stories. This is not too dark, has lots of humourous bits, and the good guys win!The only reason I dimmed the stars a bit is because the narrator lost me once or twice with voices.
Her usual fabulous writing, and either Hugh Ross is becoming a better narrator or I'm just getting used to him. Either way, a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
"wonderful characters, wonderful mystery, well read"
If you have never read Caroline Graham before, this is a wonderful introduction. If you've read some of the other books in the "Midsomer Murder" series (as it's called on TV), then this one is up and beyond the usual excellent standard. Witty, colourful characters and brimming with mystery, Graham shows why she is renowned by all as one of the best in the business, the story never lets up. If you like Simon Brett, Agatha Christie or Jill Paton Walsh, then Written in Blood is a must have audible download.
"A thoroughly good read"
I bought this title when I was in a rush, and looking for something to take away on holiday. I chose it purely on the spur of the moment and was completely delighted when I started to listen to it. I am not a fan of the Mid Summer Murders TV series, and so was surprised to discover that book was from that Author.
The description of the characters and the plot holds your attention all the way and the narrator is excellent.
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