Investment in a secret invention leads to an apparent suicide in Midsomer Magna, and a plan to steal valuable falcon eggs leads to another death.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Kate Buffery ...
Mallory Edmonton
George Hamilton
Naomi Sinclair
Robert Morgan ...
Julian Shepherd
Rosalind Knight ...
Eleanor Macpherson
Sheila Shand Gibbs ...
Jane Macpherson
Eddie Darwin
Candida Benson ...
PC Sarah Pearce
Janet Maw ...
Eileen Hamilton
Trevor Cooper ...
Sean Moorcroft


The police investigate the apparent suicide of Julian Shepherd who drowned after driving his car into a nearby river. Shepherd along with several other local residents had invested money in Charles Edmonton's latest invention, a fuel-less transportation system. Edmonton, despite his advanced years, instilled a good deal of confidence in his investors but Shepherd was facing severe financial difficulties and urgently needed his investment to be returned. Troy meanwhile finds himself working with the comely PC Sarah Pearce who, as a wildlife liaison officer, is investigating the illegal sales of birds of prey and their eggs. The two cases come together when a birds' egg collector is found dead after a visit to the Edmonton estate. As the number of dead bodies begins to climb, Barnaby realizes that there is something far more sinister at play. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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31 January 2003 (UK)  »

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[first lines]
George Hamilton: As long as George is kept out of the way and no-one sees him in a week, we'll all be done.
Mallory Edmonton: That phone never stops ringing.
George Hamilton: Oh, refer them to me; I'll handle it.
Mallory Edmonton: You handling Julian Shepherd?
George Hamilton: Let's just ignore him.
Mallory Edmonton: No, he's making trouble, George; I don't want anything to go wrong.
George Hamilton: All right. I'll see to it.
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Greed and Subterfuge
3 March 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was good episode. While I won't spoil things, the conclusion is a bit too easy, but everything leading up to it is quite good. There are several subplots, from a couple of elderly women who are being abused by a self-centered felon, a masculine woman whose hobby is falconry, a get rich quick scheme being put forth with no intention of rewarding the investors, and Troy, hooked up with a beautiful blonde detective. There is also an introduction to a different kind of crime, one against nature. We find out that certain birds are not to be trifled with (nor their eggs), and that the sale of such eggs is a very rich proposition on the black market. There is a connection to Africa, as one of the characters has souvenirs from there, living a loveless life with his wife. Also, Mrs. Barnaby wishes to travel to the dark continent and Barnaby, being quite the stick in the mud, is resisting any kind of holiday.

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