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Death Of A Hollow Man

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Actors do love their dramas and the members of the Causton Amateur Dramatic Society are no exception Passionate love scenes fits of ego jealous rages operatic reconciliations put together they’re better than a paycheck which is good thing because no one in this production of Amadeus is getting one However even the most theatrically minded have to admit that murdering the leadi. Not the best Midsomer book I have read I preferred the Killings at Badger’s Drift The tv version of this one was much better There wasn’t just the one murder with the attempt on Essley’s wife The romance between Deirdre and David was better played out Midsomer Murders often plays better on tv Kitty Princess and the Newspaper Dress rages operatic Let God Guide You Daily reconciliations put together they’re better than a paycheck which is good thing because no one in this production of Amadeus is getting one However even the most theatrically minded have to admit that murdering the leadi. Not the best Midsomer book I have The Art of the Hustle read I preferred the Killings at Badger’s Drift The tv version of this one was much better There wasn’t just the one murder with the attempt on Essley’s wife The Adolfo Kaminsky romance between Deirdre and David was better played out Midsomer Murders often plays better on tv

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Ng man in full view of the audience is a bit over the topLuckily Inspector Tom Barnaby is in that audience and while he may lack certain skills as a theater critic he’s just the man to figure out who removed the tape from the “prop” straight razor causing the star to slit his own throat downstage center With so many dramas playing out there’s no shortage of motives or su. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series very much – and far than I expected to I grew tired of the Midsomer Murders TV series a long time ago but the books are actually very different in tone and character from what the series became They are very good novels of character with crime as their plot driversIn Death of a Hollow Man Barnaby is dragged along to an amateur dramatic performance and ends up investigating a dramatic death However at least the first third of the book is scene setting and the establishing of characters and it is this which makes the books such a pleasure for me She writes very well with a fine understanding of her characters and their motivations and there is genuine psychological insight here She paints them with insight and a penetrating wit making this far than the collection of rather hollow stereotypes which sometimes go to make up the characters in the TV programmes It is this which makes the books so worthwhile; she paints some scathing and sometimes very funny portraits but others with genuine compassion and depictions of goodness all of which I found very realisticAs always with Caroline Graham the plotting is very good and she weaves a beguiling spell which hooked me in It's uite a long way from the slightly twee whodunit feel of the TV series – especially in the character of Sergeant Troy who is no loveable sidekick but a lecherous ignorant bigot with a strong line in unfunny unpleasant jokesThe prose is a pleasure to read with plenty of pithy phrases; it carries you along very nicely without ever getting in the way of the story I can recommend this very warmly as a very good involving novel of character as well as being a very enjoyable crime mystery

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Spects including the star’s embittered ex wife and faithless widow plus secret lovers and jealous understudies galore Ms Graham a former actress tweaks her collection of community theater artistes and small town drama ueens with merciless delight and the reader’s only regret will be that eventually the curtain must come down on the final page The 2nd Inspector Barnaby Myster. Oh I should never watch the dramatization of a novel if I'm planning to read it because I actually knew the identity of the killer before I started I love the Inspector Barnaby murder mysteries dramatized on the Biography channel and they have renewed my interest in Caroline Graham's books which have just been sitting here unread on my shelves for yearsSo on to this book who would like it Anyone who's followed the series on television would enjoy it; anyone who likes British mysteries would also like this oneThe setting is the Causton Amateur Dramatic Society CADS; the group is currently putting on a production of Amadeus The dramatis personae include the director Harold who is a twit and has an over inflated sense of his worth to the project or any project by CADS for that matter the leading man Esslyn who is uite wealthy but yet hated by everyone for his snobbery and pompery; his wife Kitty a young 20 something; Esslyn's first wife and her husband; Tim Avery a gay couple who rent out a room to Nicholas a young student who desperately wants to succeed in the theater; Deirdre the girl Friday who does pretty much everything Harold tells her even though he makes ridiculous demands and who is ridiculed by many of the cast members; and David and Colin Smy a a young man and his dad It seems that on opening night one of these people switched razors from the prop tray so that Esslyn as Salieri cuts his throat with a real razor in front of the audience at the end of the playBarnaby who is in the audience because his wife is a member of CADS takes charge immediately along with his gripey complaining sergeant Troy But it seems that pretty much everyone has a motive to kill Esslyn so getting to the bottom of this mystery is tougher than it seemsRecommended for those who enjoy a mix of cozypolice procedural; it might be good to start with book #1 before reading the second


10 thoughts on “Death Of A Hollow Man

  1. says:

    Although I am not much of a television watcher and have never seen Midsomer Murders I am really enjoying reading this series best known for the TV adaptation This is the second in the Detectie Chief Inspector Barnaby series and in the best tradition of so many mysteries it is set within the theatre In this case it is the Causton Amateur Dramatic Society of which Barnaby’s wife Joyce is a member Esslyn Carmichael is the leading man whose current wife and ex wife are also involved in the cast of “Amadeus” along with a number of other characters There are rumours that Esslyn’s young wife Kitty is having an affair and tensions rise resulting in a murder during opening night of the play Both Barnaby and his sidekick Troy were both in the audience and so find themselves investigating people that Barnaby has known well – some for several yearsI greatly enjoyed this mystery and preferred it than the first in the series In a way Caroline Graham’s writing reminds me of PD James and Jane Haddam in the way she gives her characters a lot of depth and background This is very much character driven although Graham also has tight plotting Certainly a series that I wish to continue and I look forward to reading about CI Barnaby and his family


  2. says:

    Just can't this is absolute tripe The author merely waffles on and on about her boring characters for pages and pages They were still there doing and saying boring and irrelevant things when I left them somewhere around page 70 I don't even know who got murdered let alone who murdered them because it hadn't reached that stage yet But I can make an educated guess It's the author trying to murder the reader by boring them to death Ha I didn't fall for that narrow escape


  3. says:

    Not the best Midsomer book I have read I preferred the Killings at Badger’s Drift The tv version of this one was much better There wasn’t just the one murder with the attempt on Essley’s wife The romance between Deirdre and David was better played out Midsomer Murders often plays better on tv


  4. says:

    I really enjoyed this reread with the Reading the Detectives group I enjoy Midsomer Murders on PBS based on Caroline Graham’s books but had forgotten how cleverly snarky she was as a writerA village theatre group is rehearsing “Amadeus”and tensions are high mistakes are made egos clash gossip snakes through the group Graham really nails the theatrical setting She brilliantly skewers the egos of amateur actors and directors giving the reader great characters and a building tension that will obviously end in a murder it’s just a uestion of which awful shallow character will be the victimNo spoilers but a very enjoyable murder mystery with snarky clever dialogue great characters and a very likable detective in Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby I look forward to rereading in this series


  5. says:

    I have enjoyed all of the books in this series very much – and far than I expected to I grew tired of the Midsomer Murders TV series a long time ago but the books are actually very different in tone and character from what the series became They are very good novels of character with crime as their plot driversIn Death of a Hollow Man Barnaby is dragged along to an amateur dramatic performance and ends up investigating a dramatic death However at least the first third of the book is scene setting and the establishing of characters and it is this which makes the books such a pleasure for me She writes very well with a fine understanding of her characters and their motivations and there is genuine psychological insight here She paints them with insight and a penetrating wit making this far than the collection of rather hollow stereotypes which sometimes go to make up the characters in the TV programmes It is this which makes the books so worthwhile; she paints some scathing and sometimes very funny portraits but others with genuine compassion and depictions of goodness all of which I found very realisticAs always with Caroline Graham the plotting is very good and she weaves a beguiling spell which hooked me in It's uite a long way from the slightly twee whodunit feel of the TV series – especially in the character of Sergeant Troy who is no loveable sidekick but a lecherous ignorant bigot with a strong line in unfunny unpleasant jokesThe prose is a pleasure to read with plenty of pithy phrases; it carries you along very nicely without ever getting in the way of the story I can recommend this very warmly as a very good involving novel of character as well as being a very enjoyable crime mystery


  6. says:

    I think there are fewer installments in the Chief Inspector Barnaby series than there are episodes of Midsomer Murders but I'll be glad to get to what there are This one is set with a local theater group who is rehearsing for Amadeus As I never saw the film and don't really know the story of Mozart I might have had a better mental foundation I am not a complete philistine; I have listened and liked his music though you might have to tell me I'm hearing Mozart as opposed to Bach or Beethoven Early on I was cheering for one of the characters to be the murder victim Another couple of chapters in and I saw another candidate Maybe one will be killed by the other I thought Wouldn't that be justice served? It was past the one third mark before the murder takes place The entire cast and stage crew are suspects some suspect than others of course Barnaby and Troy do their interviewing and nothing makes sense Nothing as in why the setting who had motive and opportunityI like how Graham goes about giving us fully fleshed characters Some are so of course but even those who get less page time are real enough My biggest uibble with the whole thing is the Barnaby's wife Joyce is part of the theater company I had a bigger leap to suspend belief in that it seemed obvious he had a huge conflict of interest This of course wasn't mentionedI enjoyed this but it doesn't live up to my top rating for the genre The Detectives group will reading the next in the series in September and I look forward to it


  7. says:

    Oh I should never watch the dramatization of a novel if I'm planning to read it because I actually knew the identity of the killer before I started I love the Inspector Barnaby murder mysteries dramatized on the Biography channel and they have renewed my interest in Caroline Graham's books which have just been sitting here unread on my shelves for yearsSo on to this book who would like it? Anyone who's followed the series on television would enjoy it; anyone who likes British mysteries would also like this oneThe setting is the Causton Amateur Dramatic Society CADS; the group is currently putting on a production of Amadeus The dramatis personae include the director Harold who is a twit and has an over inflated sense of his worth to the project or any project by CADS for that matter the leading man Esslyn who is uite wealthy but yet hated by everyone for his snobbery and pompery; his wife Kitty a young 20 something; Esslyn's first wife and her husband; Tim Avery a gay couple who rent out a room to Nicholas a young student who desperately wants to succeed in the theater; Deirdre the girl Friday who does pretty much everything Harold tells her even though he makes ridiculous demands and who is ridiculed by many of the cast members; and David and Colin Smy a a young man and his dad It seems that on opening night one of these people switched razors from the prop tray so that Esslyn as Salieri cuts his throat with a real razor in front of the audience at the end of the playBarnaby who is in the audience because his wife is a member of CADS takes charge immediately along with his gripey complaining sergeant Troy But it seems that pretty much everyone has a motive to kill Esslyn so getting to the bottom of this mystery is tougher than it seemsRecommended for those who enjoy a mix of cozypolice procedural; it might be good to start with book #1 before reading the second


  8. says:

    The local amateur dramatic group is rehearsing for Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus and Joyce Barnaby wife of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby has a small part in the production along with being wardrobe mistress Her husband is helping with painting the scenery But relations between the actors are not all they might be and Harold Winstanley the director is putting people’s backs up and is as usual very full of himself Tensions rise as the first night approaches leading to a headline performance though not for the reasons which might have satisfied Harold’s dream of the lime lightTom Barnaby finds himself with a difficult case of murder to investigate He knows all the suspects and the victim and at first thinks this may give him an advantage but he soon realises it just complicates the issue and he can’t see people as they really are I found this book absorbing reading because the plotting is excellent and the characters well drawn I found the motivations convincing and the whole thing kept me guessing until almost the end I worked out who had done it bit not how or whyThis is the second book in the author’s Tom Barnaby series and it is even better than the first in my opinion I enjoy the touches of humour and the love hate relationship between Barnaby and his sidekick DS Troy with his overt prejudices and off colour jokes I like the small town background where many things appear to be out in the open and yet it is all too easy for people to misinterpret things they have seen and people they know I recommend this series if you like your crime novels in the classic mould with not too much on the page violence and bad language


  9. says:

    This is the second in the Tom Barnaby series and the second or third time I've read it The first in the series didn't hold up that well so I was nervous when I began this one but oh it is so wonderful Graham does an amazing job developing fully fleshed characters even including fully fleshed animal characters I cared about what happened to these people The murder didn't occur until after page 150 and mythical no no in mysteries and that didn't matter to me The stakes were the relationships and wishes and goals of the characters I wanted to read to see what would happen and who would be affected I love this book and look forward to the third


  10. says:

    Once you begin you can't stop 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


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