Caroline Graham

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Caroline Graham
Born (1931-07-17) 17 July 1931 (age 89)
Nuneaton, England
EducationMA, Writing for the Theatre[1]
Alma materUniversity of Birmingham, Open University
Notable worksChief Inspector Barnaby series

Caroline Graham (born 17 July 1931) is an English playwright, screenwriter and novelist.


Graham was born in Nuneaton, and attended Nuneaton High School for Girls. She studied with the Open University, and received a degree in writing for the theatre from the University of Birmingham.

Her first published book was Fire Dance (1982), a romance novel. She is best known as the writer of the Chief Inspector Barnaby series, dramatised for television as Midsomer Murders. The first Inspector Barnaby novel, The Killings at Badger's Drift, was published in 1988. Since then she has written six more, with the last novel A Ghost in the Machine published in 2004.[2] The first five Inspector Barnaby novels formed the basis of the first five episodes of Midsomer Murders. She has also written for the soap opera Crossroads. She has appeared in a series on detective writers titled Super Sleuths (2006)[3] appeared in one episode of The People's Detective (2010), as well as appearing in episode 3 on her character, Inspector Barnaby.[4] As of 2011, she was writing a novel set in the 1890s.[5]

Selected works[edit]

Chief Inspector Barnaby series[edit]


  • Fire Dance, 1982
  • The Envy of the Stranger, 1984
  • Murder at Madingley Grange, 1990


The Killings at Badger's Drift was well received by the mystery community. It was named by the Crime Writers' Association as one of "The Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time".[citation needed] It also won the 1989 Macavity Award for "Best First Novel" and was nominated for the same honour at the 1989 Anthony Awards and the 1988 Agatha Awards.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Caroline Graham". Midsomer Murders. 9 July 2004. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
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  3. ^ "Super Sleuths". 3 October 2006 – via IMDb.
  4. ^ "The People's Detective". 31 August 2010 – via IMDb.
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  6. ^ "Mystery Readers International's Macavity Awards". Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Bouchercon World Mystery Convention : Anthony Awards Nominees". 2 October 2003. Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Malice Domestic Convention - Bethesda, MD". 23 August 1988. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 19 March 2012.

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