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Murder at Madingley Grange Hardcover – January, 1991


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (January 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 068809984X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688099848
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,932,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A game of murder in an English country house appears headed for the real thing in this lumbering attempt at a romp. Simon Hannaford and his sister Laurie are left in charge of their aunt's estate near Oxford while she travels abroad; to settle some debts, Simon decides to sponsor a murder-mystery weekend for well-paying guests. Those who sign on include mystery aficionado Derek Gregory; his wife, Sheila; and snooty Mrs. Laetitia Saville with her daughter Rosemary, who are appalled by the wealthy but common gypsy family Gibbs--Fred, Vi and Mother Gibbs. It soon appears that everyone at Madingley Grange has arrived with ulterior motives, including the temp-service staff who are casing the place with an eye to burglary. When Derek is chosen victim, much to his voluble distaste, and then is found actually murdered the next day, Simon and Laurie's problems really begin. While Graham ( Death of a Hollow Man ) does give us the outline of a classic country house mystery, this is not Wodehouse-meets-Christie material, lacking the essential wit and complexity of both masters. Mystery Guild alternate.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Dubbed by the Sunday Times as, 'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie' and by the Yorkshire Post as 'the most underrated British crime writer', Caroline Graham is the author of eight Inspector Barnaby novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on August 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
Take one well-cared for English Stately Home. Add one nephew, Simon, and one niece, his sister Laurie, who agree to manor-sit while their Aunt, who is the owner, goes off to Bath for an indeterminate stay. Laurie has her petite feet firmly on the ground, literally, as one of her favorite activities is tending to the gardens. She also likes cooking and excels at the gourmet variety. Simon is a dreamer. How can he use this unanticipated opportunity to fatten his somewhat empty coffers? Simple, my dear Watson. Simon conjures up a 'thirties mystery weekend' - Murder at Madingley Grange. Laurie has her doubts, but as Simon has already placed the advert in THE TIMES, she grudgingly goes along with him. Doesn't she always? But, if her erstwhile fiancé should be there to help out some, that would work. Wouldn't it? Blend in the usual assortment of eccentrics: the widowed mother with beautiful daughter hoping to land a country home of her own; the mature married couple and his mother, a gypsy, who might do a bit of 'seeing' if asked nicely. The husband of this pair is a frustrated vaudevillian, specializing in juvenile-type jokes and pranks. Another couple, of which the husband is detective buff, wishful of becoming the next Sherlock Holmes, while his wife may not be everything she seems to be. Two independent young men: one hoping to capture the above-mentioned daughter, and the other a devotee of the thirties, complete to clothing, etc., and mostly unaware of other surroundings. Add two of the most unusual domestic servants you'll ever encounter anywhere, and the scene is set for one long laugh. It's almost a comedy of errors, combined with manners. No violence to speak of either, but much wild and wacky fun.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lori Quenzer on July 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read...But if you're expecting Inspector Barnaby, you've another think coming. This is more like a screwball comedy than a murder mystery. If you like Ngaio Marsh or Agatha Christie you will probably enjoy this comedy of murders.
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Format: Hardcover
I was very disappointed by this book, almost from the beginning. Graham's premise would have been fine for a P.G. Wodehouse comedy: the rich aunt goes on holiday, leaving the estate in the custody of the step siblings Simon, often in debt over his head, and Laurie, who is practical, loves gardening, and can never refuse her brother. Simon figures he can make a quick profit by staging a murder mystery weekend (although he knows nothing about them); Laurie is only able to limit the number of guests.
The Cast: (WITH MINOR SPOILERS): The guests are a wealthy matron glad to get her daughter away from an unsuitable suitor; the daughter, who has arranged for them to attend; the suitor, who is there at the daughter's orders; a couple - a wannabe Holmes, and his less than interested wife; a man fascinated by the era and all things 30's; and a middle aged, lower class (possibly criminal) couple with the husband's oversized mother. Simon hires sight unseen a maid and butler, who are actually two larcenous brothers. As I said, this has the makings of a fine Wodehouse comedy, missing only Bertie Wooster and Jeeves.
There were few moments of action or comedy, with no payoffs for all the set-ups. Great potential, dull delivery.
DANGER: REAL SPOILERS: Despite the description, there is NO murder in this novel. Likewise, the thieves don't steal anything, and the novel ends with no real resolution, but a handful of questions. Will Simon end up with the wealthy matron's daughter? Will the bored wife knock off her husband to win Simon? What will the aunt do when she catches all this in motion? I wished there was either another chapter to answer all these questions, or I could un-read this book.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The light fantastic was neither light. It plodded. Nor was it fantastic. It laboured. More .Mills and Boon than Graham. Do not waste your money.
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By Cupcake on November 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The theme was well set for an Agatha Christie era murder mystery, although that was not what I was expecting to read. A little more mystery would have made this an intiguing tale. Enjoyable, light holiday reading....recommended.
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