(From the publisher):
It is clear to some of the more realistic members of Midsomer Worthy's Writers' Circle that asking bestselling author Max Jennings to talk to them is outrageously ambitious. Which is why Gerald Hadleigh, who knew Jennings many years before and for whom the prospect of seeing him again is the most appalling he can imagine, does not challenge the proposal. But, astonishingly, Jennings accepts the invitation and before the night is out Gerald is dead.
Summoned to the well-heeled village, Chief Inspector Barnaby finds that, despite the fact Hadleigh lived within a stone's throw of most of them, the polite widower was something of a mystery to his fellow group-members: as witnesses to his final hours they are little help. But the one thing they all agree on is that on the night of his murder Gerald was a deeply troubled man. The obvious cause of his distress was their guest speaker. So why did the wealthy and successful Max Jennings travel to Midsomer Worthy to talk to a small group of amateur writers? And, more to the point, where is he now?
Original title: Written in Blood
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Detective Story and Detectives→ Police Procedural