Inspector Lynley is asked by his old school friend to investigate when one of his pupils is killed. The school in question is Bredgar Hall, a haven for the rich and the privileged with annual fees of £20,000 a year. The dead boy however, 13 year-old Matthew Whately didn't come from a rich family. From all accounts, he was well liked and fit into the school and its unique culture quite well. DS Havers is appalled with the whole concept of parents shipping their children off to a boarding school just when they need parenting the most. Faced with school administrators who seem more concerned with the school's reputation than the boy's death, Lynley and Havers must determine if the threat is from students, staff or someone not at all connected with the school. Written by
To many the world of the traditional English Public School is shrouded in mystery and a fair dose of scurrilous rumour. This piece will do nothing to help their understanding.
A boy is murdered and there is no shortage of suspects to be found in the closeted world of an exclusive boarding environment. Sadly the motivations for each character's actions are so two-dimensional and stereotypical the film fails to engage the audience.
The boys are aloof and arrogant yet show none of the social graces that might be expected from ones educated in such an environment. The staff each have to have their own obvious character weakness. The police are implausible and inept.
It is only the strong performances from a cast of established British actors and young up and coming ones that rescues this piece from mediocrity.
Given the acting talent and the wonderful locations a better screenplay is demanded.
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