Death In Disguise (2020)

Death In Disguise Caroline Graham Death In Disguise The Lodge of the Golden Windhorse has provided the citizens of Compton Dando with splendid fodder for gossip prompting speculation of arcane rituals and bizarre sexual practices But with the murder o
  • Title: Death In Disguise
  • Author: Caroline Graham
  • ISBN: 9781933397696
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Paperback
Death In Disguise Caroline Graham The Lodge of the Golden Windhorse has provided the citizens of Compton Dando with splendid fodder for gossip, prompting speculation of arcane rituals and bizarre sexual practices But with the murder of the commune s leaders, the rumor mill goes into overdrive It s the most exciting thing to happen in Compton Dando since three boys burned down the bus shelter In trying tThe Lodge of the Golden Windhorse has provided the citizens of Compton Dando with splendid fodder for gossip, prompting speculation of arcane rituals and bizarre sexual practices But with the murder of the commune s leaders, the rumor mill goes into overdrive It s the most exciting thing to happen in Compton Dando since three boys burned down the bus shelter In trying to solve those murders, Chief Inspector Barnaby is less excited than exasperated The residents of the Windhorse commune may have been seeking the simple life, but they re all concealing complicated pasts or past lives As in Death of a Hollow Man, Graham is at her most gleeful when skewering the eccentricities of a closed community, and no one survives unscathed Wonderfully funny good plotting, judiciously dropped clues, and a luminescent turn of phrase Kirkus Lively, shrewdly plotted, and wickedly funny evokes the golden age of the traditional detective story Orlando Sentinel
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  1. Bill

    I enjoyed this as much as I enjoy the Midsomer Murder series Graham s writing style reminds me somewhat of PD James The story was thoughtful and intelligent It s about the characters than the mystery Inspector Barnaby and Sgt Troy don t come into until about one third of the way through In the meantime, we learn about the main characters, their lives and ultimately, the crime The characters belong to a commune and are quirky and interesting Throw into their midst, the abrasive, rich father of o [...]

  2. Nancy Ellis

    Almost every page brought a laugh in this entertaining mystery Such clever writing also contains a twisted plot based at the Lodge of the Golden Windhorse I don t know how she did it, but the author managed to portray all of the extremely eccentric characters while still keeping them entirely believable and even, in some cases, sympathetic Any one of them could have murdered the Master, and Chief Inspector Barnaby and his sidekick Troy have their work cut out for them This is a thoroughly enjoya [...]

  3. Jane

    Complications, distractions, and I love the characters, the puzzles, and knowing that somehow it will all come right in the end.

  4. Dantanian

    A much better plotted and darkly humourous novel than you might expect given the all encompassing cosy crimeness of the series.

  5. Damaskcat

    The village of Compton Dando is ambivalent about the group of people at the big house They are some sort of religious cult and commune but they also hold courses for interested people Even Joyce Barnaby wife of Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby has attended one of their courses When the leader of the commune is stabbed to death Tom Barnaby finds himself spending time that he wants to with the inhabitants of manor Businessman Guy Gamelin is visiting the house to try and persuade his daughter [...]

  6. russell barnes

    At the risk of upsetting purists, it s not as good as watching John Nettles bumble around the Midsomer Oxfordshire countryside but then what is Partly this is because Barnaby doesn t even appear for 100 odd pages, and when he does the pace immediately picks up, and there s less room for the over the top, new age kookiness of the Golden Windhorse lodge Partly because I found Caroline Graham s prose quite odd at times writing like an East End villain, and others littering the text with turns of ph [...]

  7. Spuddie

    3 Inspector Barnaby English mystery Set on a large estate that is run and occupied by a New Age religious group Chief Inspector Barnaby and Sgt Troy arrive when The Master, the head of the group, is murdered during a regression session This book was very slow moving for me, long and drawn out, with much detail about the lives of the members of the group, such that Inspector Barnaby doesn t even make an entrance until page 133 I liked the other two books in the series, but really found this one t [...]

  8. Liane Christi Reale

    Coming to these books as a fan of the show is a mistake While Barnaby is absolutely stellar, and the mysteries wonderfully written and engaging, Troy s characterizationlet s just say that the Troy that the show writers picked up on, is only seen through a couple of lines in the book, the rest of the character is awful That is something to be thankful for I cannot take the homophobic, misogynistic comments any longer I was planing to read the whole series, but I just can t I m sure it would be di [...]

  9. Carol

    I admit it my vision of Barnaby and Troy was formed by the BBC series and I find it very difficult to read Graham s representation of Troy as a snarky, self absorbed except for his baby daughter , dark ages type of husband with few if any redeeming qualities I gave up on the book.

  10. Susan

    I was disappointed in this murder mystery The author writes well, but the characters never came to life for me, the story dragged, and before too long, I didn t really care who killed whom.

  11. David Kilner

    Plot summary The story is centred around the Windhorse, an old manor house which has been purchased by The Master and is used as a New Age spiritualist centre The story opens with the apparently accidental death of a member of the commune Some time after, The Master is stabbed to death during a ritual involving one of the communalists and Barnaby and Troy are called in to investigate The trouble is, nobody present at the ritual was anywhere near The Master at the time of his death Gradually, the [...]

  12. Martha

    As a fan of the TV series I ve embarked upon the book series I m not sure I d have gone from the books back the other direction The books are well enough plotted and make interesting reading for Graham s characterizations but Barnaby s aide, Troy is, as other reviewers have said, simply annoying awful and a retro throwback with no business as a detective Thank heavens the TV shows re wrote him.That said, I will continue reading the series

  13. Leigh

    The books are nothing like the Midsomer Murders TV show they inspired The writing is good, a snarky look at the bitchiness of English village life The mystery isn t that interesting though and Barnaby and Troy are interesting on TV than in the book.

  14. Malia

    I ve never taken to the TV series, but I do enjoy the books The New Age nonsense in this one gets old, but it s also quite funny at times The plot is a bit convoluted, and the punctuation is atrocious.

  15. E.

    Death in Disguise Chief Inspector Barnaby Series 3 This was a bit of a letdown from previous books in the series I settled on 3 stars as a rating, but I have a feeling I ll be coming back to this later in the week and re rating it at 2.5 stars First off, the editing in this book was atrocious There were periods in place of commas, numerous instances of is used in place of in , and the word sterilizer was spelled with an s and a z in the same paragraph I guess the editor couldn t decide on the UK [...]

  16. Justine Olawsky

    I think that, in reading a detective centered series of murder mysteries, you really have to like the detective after reading my third Inspector Barnaby mystery by Caroline Graham, I still cannot decide if I like this character or not I lean toward not, simply because I never feel connected with him Maybe he doesn t have enough easily recognizable, lovable quirks Ms Graham certainly gives us of his background, home, and family life than, say, Dame Agatha ever gave of Hercule Poirot and yet, I [...]

  17. Sid Nuncius

    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 drivers.This time, Barnaby is investigating deaths in a New Age Commune As always with Caroline Graham, the plotting is very good and she weaves a beguiling spell which hooked me in She writes ve [...]

  18. Vicki

    Didn t enjoy the Midsomer Murders episode based on this book so it s no surprise that I didn t like the book either Managed almost 50 pages before quitting.

  19. Jim

    DCI Barnaby must solve the murder of the master of a new age center, the Lodge of the Golden Windhorse Some people maintain that the master is a true mystic Sgt Troy thinks he s a con man.There are other deaths to complicate things Another member of the Lodge had died in a possibly suspicious accident The father of yet another Lodge member dies of a heart attack shortly after visiting the center.Graham has great fun with the mix of gullibilty, charlatanism, and sincere spiritual seeking that inf [...]

  20. Janice

    I got a DVD set of MIDSOMER MURDERS for Christmas and liked them so much that I wanted to try the books Had trouble getting the first 2 in the series at the library but was able to get DEATH IN DISGUISE, the third book I loved it and am ready for book 4 If you like the old fashioned British type mysteries, I think you d like it The story takes place in Midsomer county in an English manor house that now is run by a bunch of New Age cult mystics hippies much to the chagrin of the villagers There s [...]

  21. Barbara Gregorich

    This is a very well constructed and well written book The setting is a New Age spiritual commune in England, the commune consisting of eight people plus the Master The story starts with what appears to be an accidental death, and approximately 140 pages later, there is a murder Only then are the police called in Thus, the first third or so of the story allows the reader to get to know the commune members This is a particularly funny section of the book, because the members speak in astral gobble [...]

  22. Cheryl

    About 1 3 through the book there is finally a murder and Inspector Barnaby enters the scene Until then, Graham reveals the many characters in the book There are so many characters and so many details about each one that it is rather confusing Hard to pick the murderer from the bunch I enjoy the books once she gets to the mystery part.These books are not like the show, Midsummer Murders There is much background details and some other changes were made with the main characters Troy and Joyce are [...]

  23. H. P. Reed

    What a pleasure it is to spend some time in Caroline Graham s world Inspector Barnaby and his number 2, Troy, investigate the deaths of two men, very different men, at a new age retreat house One, the house owner and resident guru, is fatally stabbed in a room full of people The other gets his comeuppance at the hands of a female house resident he treated very badly All of the disciples living in the house are besotted with the guru, Ian Cragie He has the magic, and Midas, touch He heals their p [...]

  24. AngryGreyCat

    This is another book that the series Midsomer Murders is based on In this series, Barnaby is investigating a murder that occurs in a new age commune The contrast between the supposed mission of the new age center and the back stabbing and open arguments that occur among the varied guests and staff is quite amusing The book begins with establishing the community and all the players, Barnaby does not even appear in the first hundred pages or so Those hundred pages require attentive reading to keep [...]

  25. Babette

    The best part of this series, for me, is Inspector Barnaby and the relationships he has with his family and with Troy, his sergeant Then there is the relationship he has with himself He is able to see himself as he truly is, flaws and all He may not be able to eliminate the flaws, but he does not overlook them and their impact on others and on his ability to do his work.The cast of characters in this book are quite fun and Caroline Graham provides ties up their stories neatly by the end of the b [...]

  26. Kyrie

    I m sure I read this book before now, but it was of Oh, yeah, I remember that now, than any foreshadowing so it was like reading it new The only really likeable character in this book is Chief Inspector Barnaby, and even he had his moments And yet, despite the annoying characters, it was interesting How does someone make such an annoying group of people work It takes place on a commune somewhere in England There s all sorts the leader, who seems like a really soothing soul, a couple of new age [...]

  27. Kate

    While I enjoy Midsummer Mysteries, I do not usually read the books because DS Troy is such an awful character a sexist, racist bigot There was plenty of Troy s musings in this book, though not as off putting as in other books This mystery focused on a new age religious commune taking over a house in a small community and the murders that ensue While I can appreciate some background into characters and setup, waiting until 100 pages in for the murder is too long for me Give me character backgroun [...]

  28. Lynn

    After seeing all of the Midsomer Murders, I finally got around to reading the novels This one was a delight The characters of Barnaby, his family, and Troy are quite different from the way they re portrayed in the series, but the series doesn t do justice to Graham s wit She s really a very astute, funny writer.This novel is set in a New Age community, and it s really a hoot The pseudo seriousness of the residents and their particular wackinesses are just hilarious The mystery is fine, too, alth [...]

  29. Audrey

    It is just so sad that this author is no longer writing books, because this is such a wonderful series I really enjoy this modern day English police procedural.DCI Tom Barnaby is a wonderful character, Caroline Garham writes her characters so well that you really feel as if you know both Tom and his Sargent Troy quite well after you finish each book in this series.This is another great addition to the Midsomer Murder mystery books.There are alot of unique and very well developed characters and t [...]

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