Friday's "Forgotten" Books - The Killings at Badger's Drift - In Reference to Murder

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April 20, 2012



I love this book. Origianl mystery, wicked humor and satire, and a gasp inducing surprise ending. Being an ex-Brit Lit student I should've figured it all out, but she fooled me. The brilliant clues are all there in the first couple of pages. It's a real rule breaker on so many levels and it's a shame that Graham never really surpassed it. For me it will always be her best book in the Midsomer series. I recommend it all the time as one of the best in contemporary crime fiction.

If only the series retained some of her incisive criticism of the narrow mindedness of English villages and kept the brutish chauvinism in Sgt. Troy who is much too cute and likeable in the TV series for my tastes.

BV Lawson

I agree with your comments, John (although I haven't read every book in the series); the TV changes may not be her doing - once producers or networks get hold of your creation, sometimes you have to be willing to let them alter elements to please the Powers That Be. At least, she was able to maintain a little bit of control by being a contributing writer.


It's always seemed to me that although they have had to make changes to the letter of the books, they have kept true to their spirit. Even all of these years in, there is still a strong satirical element in most of the scripts.

Just for the record, MIDSOMER MURDERS is not a BBC programme. It's made by ITV. This is the major independent broadcaster in Britain. POIROT is also an ITV programme.

BV Lawson

Thanks for the network correction! I've changed the post to reflect the error.

Todd Mason

Indeed. And MIDSOMER MURDERS is seen in syndication to public broadcasting stations in the US...I'll have to doublecheck, but I think it's on either TV Ontario or CBC in Canada.

BV Lawson

Todd, this is from Wikipedia (so take with a grain of salt until I can verify): in Canada, the series is seen "On public broadcaster TVOntario and the Book Television in Ontario, and on Knowledge in British Columbia, which in 2009 is showing Series 9 through series 10. series 13 is scheduled to begin showing on October 30, 2010 on Knowledge."

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