Havers meets the family: Shala's brother Muneer (T.J. Ramini) is resentful that the victim was to take over the family business and not him, and that's why the marriage was arranged. A female friend of Shala's is pressuring her to take an apartment with her, and a young man in love with Shala is upset about the impending marriage. When it's learned that Hatham was gay and probably on the beach to meet a boyfriend, the situation really heats up. Due to a problem in the family of Lynley's new wife, Helen, Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) joins her in the investigation, back early from his honeymoon.
This is a very good episode and ends the second season with a real bang. The end scenes on the water are very tense.
Love the relationship between Lynley and Havers, and in this episode at least, Lynley doesn't lose his temper at her. Havers proves herself smart and determined to do the right thing, even if it means being reckless.
Really good, with everyone in top form.
Here Lynley and Havers find themselves at the fictional Balford le nez, to solve the murder of a guy found dead near the beach. At first it's Havers solo, with Lynley on his honeymoon in Mexico, and we wish Lynley well on his marriage. And then Lynley turns up to surprise Havers where she's having breakfast at a B&B with her neighbor, who happens to be there. Lynley's honeymoon was cut short because of a family crisis - Helen's sister's husband ran out on her, "leaving a pile of debts". So good to see the crime fighting duo back together.
It's a huge shame that Inspector Lynley didn't last longer than 6 series. It deserved better, and it's a shame ratings propels shows like Geordie Shore (oh dear) for a million seasons, but quality like Inspector Lynley doesn't get the recognition it deserves.
If the objective of this series is to 'replace' Inspector Morse, then it fails tremendously. The superficial approach in the main characters and their interfaces not only with each other but their paramours/friends, will keep this series from ever being at the level of the Morse series. It is a pale imitation, in my opinion. This could have been on the level of Morse (the novels indicate that this is so), but it falls short by hundreds of miles.
The fact that this particular episode deviates significantly from the main plot of the novel for the sake of cutting corners was quite disappointing. Why rush the production and skip over key points that form the characters? Other BBC productions have taken out the time, why not this one? The main characters are portrayed by good actors however; the secondary characters are weak and need beefing up.