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Death of a Hollow Man (Inspector Barnaby Mysteries Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00OMCD5W2
- Publisher : Felony & Mayhem Press (October 15, 2014)
- Publication date : October 15, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 791 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 356 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 075534216X
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,942 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am a huge fan of Midsomer Murder series and watch it over and over again.
This year I decided to read the books in the Inspector Barnaby series. As with the series, once you begin you cannot stop. Why I have waited so long to read them? I could give some clever answers, even valid reasons but yes, here I am. In Afrikaans, we would say... Die agteros kom ook in die kraal.
No matter, I am here.
The book is so much better than the series. I understand that during the filming they cannot convey all the intrigue factors into the story due to time so it was as if I read the story for the first time.
The characters were well-defined, each bringing their own twists and flavours to the plot. Barnaby himself was all that I have expected. Troy was his loveable self and it added to the already growing cast. The blooming romance between Diedre and David balanced the story beautifully as both had some struggles to overcome that made them stronger and brought them closer.
The descriptive writing made for colourful reading always building to get to the end. If you have not read this book, please do, it is worth it.
The mystery was explained in a better way but the crime was secondary to the crazy characters of the CADS. Their stories were rather different to the show and the development was quite different although a dash stereotypical at times.
My main gripe with this book has got to be the chapters, unlike the first one that had sections and bite-sized chunks, this book had only 7 or so for a longer book which made the reading sprints a bit tiring.
During the CADS (Causton Amateur Dramatic Society) rendition of Amadeus, a ghastly murder occurs onstage.
Murder seems to occur regularly in the ‘seemingly’ idyllic county of Midsomer, and Causton CID’s DCI John Barnaby and Sergeant Gavin Troy are called out to investigate.
Very detailed characters, locations and dialogues are the mainstay of this title.
An excellent mystery read. ****
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The other problem I had was that I have not seen either the play or film versions of Amadeus, & while I have an average understanding of Mozart’s life & works, I do not have the in-depth knowledge to make sense of the dozens of Amadeus references made throughout the novel.
What would otherwise have been a fantastic yarn was overshadowed by the author’s endless need to show off her intellectual & literary credentials.
D S Gavin Troy is again with Barnaby, giving us not only his sceptical views on thespians generally, but a certain type in particular (political correctness bars me from saying more). This time we find that Troy is married, but also a philanderer, and not a bit like the Troy of the TV series. Barnaby applies his skills as an artist (he's also a keen gardener) in helping out the CADS, for Joyce B, it turns out, is a former professional classically-trained singer and a member of CADS. We are also introduced to the Barnabys' daughter, Cully, not the rather nice blonde daughter of television, but a raven-haired siren who joins the CADS and electrifies the stage - metaphorically, that is, and not another way to kill someone.
Barnaby and Troy find their way through a maze of bitter-sweet relationships and personal animosities to unmask the murderer, who turns out to be as mad as the proverbial hatter. However, the quiet and downtrodden assistant stage manager does very nicely out of it all. How? Read the book!
Even if you have watched the episodes that the books inspired, you will enjoy a different perspective that the writing delivers. If you enjoy a good traditional ‘Whodunit’ treat yourself, you will not be disappointed. Passions run high in the amateur dramatic society as personalities clash, and surprising secrets surface as murder rears it’s ugly head, in front of a packed house. How ? and why ? D.C.I. Tom Barnaby has to answer these questions, and many more. A very satisfactory read.