Hello, I’m Petra Tabarelli – a fan of Midsomer Murders, and a historian.
Actually, I’m a football historian and run the archive of Bingen on the Rhine in Germany. As a football historian my focus is on the history of football rules (especially the offside rule), as an archivist my research focus is on British Romantic Rhine tourism in the long 19th century & Anglo-German cultural transfer. Of course, football plays a role here too, as there was a school in Bingen explicitly for the many British traders and holidaymakers, Victoria College.
As I already said, I‘m a fan of Midsomer Murders. Well, I admit: my English heart does not primarily play for the counties in the west and north of London. (Joan Street, on her excellent website about Locations of Midsomer Murders, describes this area very appropriately as “Barnaby Land”.) Naah, Yorkshire, me love – its landscape, it’s snap, an’ it’s slang. Although Barnaby Land is of course very, very pretty and idyllic. Murderously idyllic!
I am also a proud member of the Midsomer Murders Society.
Why have I done this work? What do I intend to do with it?
That is simple and quickly answered: I was looking for such a website, couldn’t find it, so I created it. For others who, like me, are looking for the website, and now can find it. Quite subtly.
But the website is only my first idea. I’m in the process of writing longer texts and not quite sure yet whether I’ll publish them online or as a book – I’d have enough content for the pages in the end in any case. Therefore: Stay tuned until next Midsummer, then I might know sooner what will become of the texts and there is also a small additional service for you.
Is that it or do you have more plans?
“Midsomer Murders on History” is the working book title for a manuscript that I have finished and am currently working on the rights for publication. The book will not be about Midsomer’s history, but about the interconnectedness of Midsomer Murders and English history. When I know more, I’ll be happy to let you know.
Would you like to get in touch with me? Then just write me an e-mail. I would be really appreciated it!
If you would like to honour my effort and passion, I am happy and thankful for every donation.