A Ghost in the Machine

A Ghost in the Machine

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Baker & Taylor
Chief Inspector Barnaby is called in to investigate a case of murder in tiny Forbes Abbot when the body of Dennis Brinkley is found next to a gruesome medieval torture device, and it appears that there is no shortage of suspects--including crooked business partners, a teenage seductress, a pair of would-be publishers, and Benny Fraye--who wanted the victim dead. 10,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
When a bloody, pulverized body is found lying beneath the rustic timbers of an authentic torture device so vicious and complicated as to be blood-curdling, there's sufficient unrest in tiny Forbes Abbot to call in Chief Inspector Barnaby. Was Dennis Brinkley done in by crooked business partners, a teenage seductress, a couple of would-be publishers who've just inherited--and then lost--millions, or perhaps by tired, timid little Benny Fraye, who wouldn't hurt a fly--would she?

Barnaby will soon find out just who set in motion the gruesome machine that crushed the unfortunate victim. Caroline Graham's delightful cozy village mysteries, which inspired the continuing Midsommer Murders series starring Inspector Barnaby on A&E Television, have long been fan-favorites; A Ghost in the Machine is sure to cement her reputation as one of the best crime writers in the mystery business today.


Blackwell North Amer
Dennis Brinkley is a warm-hearted, if slightly odd, fellow: he's a solicitor helping out with the business affairs and estates of some of Forbes Abbot's wealthiest villagers. But he's also a collector of vintage torture devices and brutal, ancient war weapons, the likes of which most of the tiny hamlet's residents would rather not know exist, gathering dust in Brinkley's museum-like home near the outskirts of town. Still, he's well liked, so when his bloody, pulverized body is found, quite dead, laying beneath the rustic timbers of an authentic torture device so vicious and complicated as to be blood-curdling, there is sufficient unrest in town to call in Chief Inspector Barnaby and his faithful, plodding partner Troy.
Barnaby and Troy are experts at uncovering the sordid details of the lives of the English countryside's most secretive residents, and they soon go to work at Forbes Abbot. Was Dennis Brinkley done in by crooked business partners, a teenage seductress, or a couple of would-be publishers who've just inherited - and then lost - millions? Or perhaps it was tired, timid little Benny Fraye, who wouldn't hurt a fly - would she? Barnaby and Troy will soon find out just who set in motion the gruesome machine that crushed the unfortunate victim.

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& Taylor

Chief Inspector Barnaby is called in to investigate a case of murder in tiny Forbes Abbot when the body of Dennis Brinkley is found next to a gruesome medieval torture device.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Minotaur, 2004
Edition: 1st St. Martin's Minotaur ed
ISBN: 9780312324216
0312324219
Branch Call Number: Mystery Gra
Characteristics: 375 p. ; 22 cm

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