Brewery owner Alfred Lockner's corpse is found by daughter and deputy Mareike, who unlike him wanted to modernize by designing original tastes. Her co-heir bother Timm already sold his share of late mother's half to regional big standard brewer Rolf Kuhlmey. Alfred's unfair supply contract provides local publican Charly Roth; who found him with Mareike, another motive. Constable Miki meanwhile won a trip to the Maledives in an Internet competition, just the type of potential scam HQ is campaigning against.
Bottle machines firm CEO Dr. Christian Schneiderhahn's skull is fatally smashed with a missing hammer in the villa he was buying from the heirs trough Korbinan's friend attorney Rainer Fischbach, none of his valuables at hand was stolen, but the home inventory yields a crucial surprise. Neighbour and unhappy employee Winfried Scheuner's wife Nicolette was assisting Christian comparing real estates, and started another (not so) secret affair.
Celebrity TV and Munich restaurant chef Jens Voigt is found poisoned by complimentary praline in the villa hired for a photo-shoot starring him by his endorsement sponsor, Leopold Thelen's mineral water. The team looks into the caterer, the photographers Mike and Sophie Brunner, who has access to him and chocolates while she had an affair with Jens, his surprisingly unhealthy, yet boosted finances, and even his manager, Hansens' 10 years ago Hamburg fiancee Esther Wilke. Meanwhile free tickets for a visiting London director's (not so) classical concert stir the ...
Local youngster Hans Plattner's corpse is found by a jogger in a pool, drowned, at first sight accidentally but he was dragged there after a fall that left him merely unconscious. He was partaking in a local brewery's treasure search, and brilliantly wrote short stories. His home is broken into, searching for cash. His arrogance tumultuous love-life provide additional suspects on top of actually two competitions. Meanwhile handsome Andreas Lorenz makes a painfully spectacular, yet charming entrance, only his stickler predecessor works him in most unpleasantly.
Local supermarket detective Otto Beck is found, fatally hit. Hansen's team checks out the staff, which he was secretly spying on by video camera, elaborating on a secret order by the manager, and thus found out about a secret affair between a couple he blackmailed. Max also finds a pile of suitcases from various owners in Beck's home.
Wolfgang Goetz's firm's chief aerodynamic designer Florian Riedinger dies from a fall while flying a para-glider he developed with Holger Weigel, which was sabotaged by line cutting in the workshop. The designers were secretly planning to leave and set up a rival company. Florian also had an affair with Jesscia, the wife of local prime customer Tobias Hanisch. Meanwhile Andi failed to follow procedure to take a day off due to perfect surfing weather, just now HQ stickler Felix Seitz drops unannounced for 'suggestions' about his accounting.
Just before the local beer queen pageant, finalist Natalie Prast, a gossip columnist, is found skull smashed, with illegal drugs but clean. Prime suspects are the most fanatical rival, and the organizers, a former drug trade convict and local brewer Martin Kerscher, possible motives include blackmail. 'Fake' culture attache Rupert Wagner meanwhile dates the competitor from the administrative precinct staff.
Julius Dallinger is found dead, apparently from a bike fall in the forest, in fact staged and sabotaged. He was visiting his home town, where hired, over-paid manager Gustl runs his family's furniture company, while he makes a living in the US downhill mountain-biking circuit. The cops team considers possible motives and suspects related to the furniture inheritance, fraud, competitive rivalry, infidelity and the victim's Californian wife.
Local trucker Mark Fuchs's corpse is found by foresters, behind the wheel in the forest, skull smashed, a failed staged accident due to an empty fuel tank. The shipping company's owner, with criminal record, and his son Thomas, now manager, pretend he returned empty from a car parts delivery to Italy. Widow Fuchs hides her recent affair, a forester his part in a long-term contraband plot. Meanwhile junior Andreas 'Andi' Lorenz's creative accounting saves the boss's beloved music academy from a tax office stickler.
Rich, semi-retired divorce lawyer Reiter's skull-smashed corpse is found at home by detached wife and heiress Elisabeth, whose own business is in trouble. His current client Ulrich Stegmüller was furious about an unfavorable court ruling they were appealing against, but it has twists for and involving his ex-to-be Sonja. Meanwhile publican Jo unwittingly sets up incumbent Sven against newcomer Anton, who both want the same boathouse.
Local horticultural jury chairman president Paul Hieber's corpse is found in the prize dahlia border of Xaver Lippig, for years the bitter rival of neighbor Simon Mörtlbauer. The murder weapon is an expensive spade. In Hansen's absence, predecessor Tobias Hartl takes charge again. The competition provides possible motives, but also personal circumstances.
Animal conservationist Stefan Schönewald is killed in a wild river, due to his sabotaged kayak paddle, while observing beavers. Tobias Hartl and Danner look into the neighboring fruit growers, whose harvests are threatened by beaver lakes, notable Sepp Langenbach; Stefan's heiress girlfriend Giselle Marquard, whose father payed their bills, and environment official Julia Ried, who was his ex and ally in beaver conservation, and discover some surprising reports between he above, yielding potential motives.