A Ghost in the Machine

A Chief Inspector Barnaby Novel

Chief Inspector Barnaby Novels (Volume 7)

Caroline Graham

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When a bloody, pulverized body is found lying beneath the rustic timbers of an authentic torture device so vicious and complicated as to be blood-curdling, there's sufficient unrest in tiny Forbes Abbot to call in Chief Inspector Barnaby. Was Dennis Brinkley done in by crooked business partners, a teenage seductress, a couple of would-be publishers who've just inherited--and then lost--millions, or perhaps by tired, timid little Benny Fraye, who wouldn't hurt a fly--would she?
Barnaby will soon find out just who set in motion the gruesome machine that crushed the unfortunate victim. Caroline Graham's delightful cozy village mysteries, which inspired the continuing Midsommer Murders series starring Inspector Barnaby on A&E Television, have long been fan-favorites; A Ghost in the Machine is sure to cement her reputation as one of the best crime writers in the mystery business today.

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"Graham's ingeniously constructed novels featuring Chief Inspector Barnaby are actually clever satires, closer to Robert Barnard than Agatha Christie in their cruel theatricality. Although Graham lets a few genuinely nice characters slip away unscathed, her lethal humor can be a bit of a shock for the unknowing reader who finds her among the cozies."
-Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

"If Agatha Christie, Stephen King, and Maeve Binchy decided to collaborate, this might be the book they would write--a sort of police procedural, murder mystery, horror story, and English-village melodrama all in a single cover. It's an engaging, beguiling, surprising story with wonderfully drawn characters, laugh-aloud humor, sinister twists, and a splendidly multifaceted plot."-Booklist (starred review)

"Fans of the A&E series starring Inspector Barnaby will welcome this most attractive village cozy."-Library Journal

"With its...richly diverting characters, Graham's well-plotted ninth novel...has more in common with Dickens than with Conan Doyle."--Publishers Weekly

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Caroline Graham

CAROLINE GRAHAM was born in Warwickshire, England. Her first Inspector Barnaby novel, The Killings at Badger's Drift, was selected as one of the Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time by the Crime Writers' Association.

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A Ghost in the Machine
A Chief Inspector Barnaby Novel
Caroline Graham

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
June 2005
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312995157
ISBN10: 0312995156
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 496 pages
$6.99

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June 2005
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ISBN: 9781466807549
ISBN10: 1466807547
384 pages
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