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Death Of A Hollow Man (Chief Inspector Barnaby #2)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  1,218 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
Actors do love their dramas, and the members of the Causton Amateur Dramatic Society are no exception. Passionate love scenes, jealous rages... they're better than a paycheck (not that anyone one in this production of Amadeus is getting one). But even the most theatrically minded must admit that murdering the leading man in full view of the audience is a bit over the top. ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published December 1st 1989 by William Morrow & Company (first published 1989)
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Feb 21, 2017 Marijan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ova mi nije tako sjela kao prva, valjda se nisam uspio uživjeti u taj kazališni 'milleu', a bilo je i manje Barnabyja. no još uvijek dobra knjiga.
Nancy Oakes
Feb 12, 2008 Nancy Oakes rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction-uk
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 years.

So on to this book: who would like it? Anyone who's followed the series on television would enjoy it; anyone who likes British mysteries w
Aug 12, 2012 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An important part of the cultural life of many small towns is community theater and the Causton Amateur Dramatic Society of Causton, England is no exception. On the opening night of their production of Amadeus, the leading man grabbed a "safe" razor from the prop tray during a scene toward the end of the play and drew it across his throat in a very dramatic manner in full view of the audience. Unfortunately, someone had removed the tape from the razor's edge and the actor bled to death on stage. ...more
Mar 03, 2014 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been on a Midsomer Murders binge lately. Being laid up off and on with my ankle injury, I have watched the whole series on Acorn TV and loved it. I finally decided to start reading the books. This is the second in the book series.

An all round good mystery read, Death of a Hollow Man, was adapted very closely in the TV series. The characters of Barnaby, Joyce, Cully and Troy were all here. Cully didn’t have much space devoted to her but the reader still develops a sense of who she is as a
Katherine Clark
Sep 28, 2015 Katherine Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 relat ...more
Daniel Weir
Jan 17, 2013 Daniel Weir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What I found particularly good about this was, not the mystery of whodunit, but the characters and the problems they faced that had nothing to do with the murder.
An enjoyable mystery! Even though I have watched the episode that is based on this book in the PBS series Midsomer Murders, the book was different enough to keep my attention and (of course) better than the show. Inspector Barnaby is a very likable character, and I enjoy the flaws that Troy has that are not included in the series.

Amra Alihodzic
Jun 22, 2017 Amra Alihodzic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WELL this is refreshing .... i love it !!
Tempo de Ler
Jun 02, 2014 Tempo de Ler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O enredo de 'Morte em Palco' não é extraordinariamente complexo mas o tom divertido e ligeiramente irónico com que é narrado, aliado à poderosa capacidade de descrição e caracterização da autora - Caroline Graham - fazem deste livro um policial extraordinário.

Graham demora o seu tempo a descrever-nos as personagens e os respectivos problemas pessoais, levando-nos pela mão enquanto nos apresenta as diversas delícias e venenos do teatro amador, mantendo-nos alerta a pistas ainda antes do crime ac
Neste segundo livro de Caroline Graham publicado na série Crime à Hora do Chá, o inspector Tom Barnaby vai-se deparar com um crime um tanto ou quanto peculiar.

Na estreia de uma peça de teatro amador, em Causten, uma pequena localidade britânica, um dos actores principais é assassinado. Mas o crime é quase perfeito. Na hora do protagonista fingir um suicídio com uma lâmina, que deveria ter sido protegida com fita adesiva, esta torna-se real e o actor acaba por morrer em palco. A assistir à peça e
цей сюжет я пам'ятала з якоїсь серії "суто англійських убивств" – смерть занадто мальовнича, щоб її легко було забути: актор на сцені під час прем'єри перерізає собі горло небезпечною бритвою. решта деталей, щоправда, мені десь погубилася, а може, постановники серіалу й не дотримувалися їх особливо (то не дуже мене здивувало б, бо, наприклад, сержант трой у книжках і сержант трой у фільмах – двоє цілковито різних троїв).
Nancy Ellis
Feb 20, 2016 Nancy Ellis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the TV series Midsomer Murders, so it was a pleasure to read one of books that inspired it. So many delightful characters and a story line that was most entertaining. Somehow there's always a murder wherever we find Inspector Barnaby or his wife Joyce!
Maria Thermann
Jun 08, 2015 Maria Thermann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outrageously funny at times, Caroline Graham's highly accomplished murder mystery is far, far better than the TV adaptation (ITV) of it. Rich in suspects, the novel is set in fictional Causton, a small provincial town not far from London. This is a complex tale of jealousy and madness.

Here the confined settings are an amateur theatre, a famous stage play and two provincial towns. One is Causton near London, the other exists in playwright Peter Shaffer's play and in reality: Salzburg in Austria.
David Kilner
May 16, 2017 David Kilner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sid Nuncius
I have enjoyed all of the books in this series very much – and far more 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.

In 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
Piepie Beuttel
Much like a Midsomer Murders episode takes time to watch, this almost-300-page mystery took me quite some time to read... about 3 or 4 days, and I don't know exactly why.

The author took her time setting the stage, introducing characters and their stories ... I thought I was going to mix up the characters, but I ended up not stressing over it.

Once the murder occurred, the book became more interesting and the pacing picked up. Barnaby is a well thought out, strong, and clever character, with his
Dec 21, 2016 Vikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I didn't enjoy this as much as the first book. It took way too long for the murder to take place and although there was a focus on the characters I just couldn't connect to any of them and struggled to remember who was who. However, unlike the first book I didn't manage to figure out who the killer was or why they had done it so I enjoyed the reveal.
Bryan Higgs
Aug 23, 2016 Bryan Higgs rated it liked it
I had just read the first in this series, and really enjoyed it (see my review at, so I went on to the next in the series -- this book.

What a contrast! The first book was written in a literate style, admittedly with many words I had to look up (and I consider that I have a pretty good vocabulary), and some literary references (including one from a 17th century playwright). I don't mind being challenged in this way, and I found that looking up the unfamil
Lauren Little
Mar 09, 2017 Lauren Little rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not think this book was quite as good as the first in the series, but I still enjoyed it. The adaptation on TV for Midsomer Murders added onto the plot, but overall was too melodramatic. Basically, the book was better. I can see that the TV show wanted more action as the murder at the crux of the story happens mid-novel, but the novel was better executed.
bob foster
Mar 01, 2017 bob foster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read

Not read Caroline graham before.Nice to read the book that the TV series is based on.Really do prefer the written word,I am hooked on this author.
Jul 11, 2013 Rage rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
much of "death of a hollow man" is the minute detailing of characters' deeply flawed personalities and complete detachment from reality. the murder doesn't occur for a good hundred or so pages, and the characters are all so entirely unlikeable that it doesn't seem particularly important to find who did it or why. for me, it felt like graham was trying to be too clever or cute, so characters are always wriggling and dandling and having butterball hands and flossy curls etc etc. incredibly patheti ...more
Elizabeth Elwood
Having been a regular viewer of Midsomer Murders over the years, it’s surprising that I had not read the Caroline Graham books that inspired the popular BBC series. However, I finally rectified the omission when I picked up Death of a Hollow Man, which is the second book in the Inspector Barnaby series. It was also one of the stories that I had failed to see in the TV series, so I was approaching it with completely fresh eyes.

What a delight the book proved to be, stylishly written and dripping w
Sofia Teixeira
Estreei-me com Caroline Graham no primeiro volume desta colecção - Morte na Aldeia - e foi com entusiasmo que peguei em mais uma das suas histórias. Com um desenvolver de história um pouco mais lento do que aquele que esperava, Morte em Palco mostrou-se uma leitura fácil, cheia de peripécias e com muitas interrogações.

O cenário leva-nos para um palco de teatro em que os seus protagonistas são personagens muito curiosos. Cada actor tem as suas manias e todos buscam os seus momentos de ribalta, un
Kiki Belle
Sep 27, 2015 Kiki Belle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen the television show they made of it, so I already knew who the murderer was, but I don't think it was very obvious. However I can't comment on whether or not you could see it coming. Like the show, I didn't particularly like Sergeant Troy--who seems a bigger ass in the book and is married to a woman he cheats on, an aspect that was removed from the show if I remember correctly. And in the show, he changes, but that's not important because he's really not a main character anyway.

The mur
Sep 06, 2016 Tera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mysteries, british mysteries,
I am a big Midsomer Murders fan, so when I realized my library had only one book from the source content series, of course I had to read it.
At first I was thrown by the method of delivery of the mystery. It probably doesn't help that I had already seen the episode based off the book, so I may have been a little discriminate. It took me awhile to realize that the book is set up like a stage play. The author has written screenplays and the novel's premise is a murder that happens on the set of the
Sep 11, 2012 Damaskcat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 performan ...more
Having watched the series, grown fond of the lead characters, their relationships and interactions with one another, and their contrast to the dysfunctional, disturbed and sometimes horrific villagers, I was looking forward to Graham's books.

After all, the criminals are brought to justice, and we learn more about the stable, sane Barnaby family, feeling glad we have spent time with them, at the end of each episode. We can see growth in Troy, from sometimes naive, sometimes dense, and sometimes
Compared to the previous book in the series, this was a slow one. The body doesn't show up until the half-way mark. Due to the complicated relationships between the characters and the fact that Inspector Barnaby was familiar with most of the suspects, having worked on previous sets for the CADS, a certain amount of set-up was necessary for the story. It would have felt forced and unnatural to shoehorn all that information and backstory in after the murder. However, just because I understand why ...more
Andreia Silva
Um palco, uma peça de teatro e um grupo de encenação com personagens caricatas e um tanto ou quanto esquisitas, juntos, com a promessa de haver um crime pelo meio. Podemos resumir a premissa de "Morte em Palco" assim e podemos pensar estarmos perante uma obra de afiar a curiosidade.

Não sei o que acontece convosco mas quando leio um policial, gosto que haja sangue-e-tripas e gosto que a autora não em enrole. Eu sei que vai haver um crime, por isso não gosto que passem quarenta por cento das págin
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Caroline Graham is an English playwright, screenwriter and novelist. She attended the Open University, and received a degree in writing for the theatre from the University of Birmingham.

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