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Title:
The Killings at Badger’s Drift
Series:
A Midsomer Murders Mystery #1
Written by:
Caroline Graham 
Read by:
John Hopkins 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
Duration:
8 hours 23 minutes 
Published:
April 01 2022 
Available Date:
April 01 2022 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9781038600707 
Genres:
Fiction; Crime & Thriller; Detective; Mystery 
Publisher:
Bolinda audio 
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Winner AudioFile Earphones Award 2022

The Killings at Badger's Drift is the first spectacular instalment in the Midsomer Murders series and the story that inspired the ITV hit drama, now featuring an exclusive foreword by John Nettles, who played best-loved TV detective and star of Midsomer Murders, DCI Tom Barnaby.

The village of Badger's Drift is the essence of tranquillity. But when resident and well-loved spinster Miss Simpson takes a stroll in the nearby woods, she stumbles across something she was never meant to see, and there's only one way to keep her quiet. Miss Simpson's death is not suspicious, say the villagers. But Miss Lucy Bellringer refuses to rest: her friend has been murdered. She is sure of it. She calls on Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby to investigate, and it isn't long until the previously unseen seamy side of Badger's Drift is brought to light. But as old rivalries, past loves and new scandals surface, the next murder is not far away.

'One to savour'
Val McDermid, bestselling author of the Lindsay Gordon series

'John Hopkins performs this first in the Midsomer Murders series. Published in 1987, the novel offers a complicated mystery with multidimensional characters and murders galore. With his sensuous baritone, Hopkins draws listeners into the tiny hamlet of Badger's Drift, where DCI Barnaby and DS Troy investigate an elderly woman's murder. Hopkins is quietly intense while the body count grows. As his soft-spoken Barnaby interviews suspects, Hopkins smoothly reveals possible motives and would-be scandals. His portrayal of the opinionated Troy sounds appropriately callow. Elderly Miss Bellringer has plummy tones and posh diction. Hopkins also delivers amusing glimpses of Barnaby's homelife with his wife, whose only flaw is that she cannot cook. A terrific start to a new audio series.'
AudioFile Magazine

'Tension builds, bitchery flares, resentment seethes ... lots of atmosphere, colourful characters and fair clues.'
Mail on Sunday

'A mystery of which Agatha Christie would have been proud ... A beautifully written crime novel.'
The Times

'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie.'
The Sunday Times

'Everyone gets what they deserve in this high-class mystery.'
Sunday Telegraph