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Lynley seeks the help of profiler Helen Clyde when he investigates the asphyxiation death of superstar cricketer with a dysfunctional personal life.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clare Swinburne ...
Gabriella Patten
Mark Brighton ...
Kenneth Waring
Inspector Ardery
Ruth Gemmell ...
Jeannie Waring
William Scott-Masson ...
Miriam Whitelaw
Joe Duttine ...
Chris Faraday
Olivia Whitelaw
Curtis Flowers ...
Jimmy Waring
Peter Crawford ...
Andrew Clover ...
Hugh Patten


When England cricketer Kenneth Waring dies of asphyxiation after a fire is set at a friend's house, the police have no doubt they are dealing with murder. The house belonged to Waring's patron and close friend Miriam Whitelaw who had a visitor the evening Waring died, her estranged daughter Olivia. Waring was separated from his wife Jeannie and had recently given her divorce papers. As well, his lover and agent Gabriella Patten, the ex-wife of a cricket teammate, has gone missing. Miriam had recently been attacked by animal rights activists which, unbeknown to her, included her daughter. When Waring's son confesses to the murder, Lynley has his doubts. Lynley decides they need a profiler on the case and not surprisingly hires Helen Clyde for the job but things don't go very well. Havers moves into her new flat. Written by garykmcd

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Thomas Lynley: [to Helen about Waring] Weak man, great cricketer.
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Edgy characters make interesting background for murder...
25 December 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

NATHANIEL PARKER and SHARON SMALL are not exactly a plausible pair as detectives, but the script makes use of their odd personality quirks and provides a few moments of genuine humor. The plot concerns the death of a young cricket player and the assorted characters who had something to do with his rather unhappy past.

The performances are all first rate, especially NEVE McINTOSH as Olivia, a young woman who holds the secret to what really happened when the man was murdered. NATHANIEL PARKER lends his strong presence to the role of Inspector Lynley and is believable as a man determined to get to the bottom of a messy murder.

All the red herrings are nicely planted. Well done in good British style.

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