Backstage at the Causton Amateur Dramatic Society's production of Amadeus, nerves are fraying. On top of the fractious cast hierarchy imposed by Harold Winstanley, director and would-be impresario, cast member Esslyn Carmichael suspects his wife is having an affair with the leading man. And where better to settle scores than the stage?
On opening night, Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby attends, purely as a member of the audience. But when someone turns Esslyn's final grand gesture into a very gruesome coup de theatre, Barnaby suddeny finds himself centre stage...
Caroline Graham, the creator of Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby, was born in Warwickshire and educated at Nuneaton High School for Girls, and later the Open University. She was awarded an MA in Theatre Studies at Birmingham University, and has written several plays for both radio and theatre. She has been dubbed by The Sunday Times as, 'Simply the best detective writer since Agatha Christie'.
A mystery of which Agatha Christie would have been proud. . . A beautifully written crime novel — The Times
Tension builds, bitchery flares, resentment seethes . . . lots of atmosphere, colourful characters and fair clues — Mail on Sunday
Everyone gets what they deserve in this high-class mystery — Sunday Telegraph
A witty, well-plotted, absolute joy of a book — Yorkshire Post
A treat . . . haunting stuff — Woman's Realm
Wickedly acid, yet sympathetic — Publishers Weekly
Swift, tense and highly alarming — TLS
Lots of excellent character sketches . . . and the dialogue is lively and convincing — Independent
Hard to praise highly enough — The Sunday Times
Her books are not just great whodunits but great novels in their own right — Julie Burchill
Enlivened by a very sardonic wit and turn of phrase, the narrative drive never falters — Birmingham Post
Read her and you'll be astonished . . . very sexy, very hip and very funny — Scotsman
The mystery is intriguing, the wit shafts through like sunlight . . . do not miss this book — Family Circle
One to savour — Val McDermid