The near decapitation of the local postman, whose hyperactive libido also makes him the village lothario, leads to a series of grisly murders involving other promiscuous villagers.

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Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Fleur Bennett ...
Debbie Shortlands
Adam Blackwood ...
Keith Shortlands
Prue Clarke ...
Mary Yeatman
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Del Henney ...
Mike Yeatman
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Simon Reason
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Owen August
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Louise August
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WPC Jay Nash
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Holly Reid
Marian McLoughlin ...
Barbara Judd
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When Dave Cutler, the local postman, is found with his throat slit, Barnaby and Troy are on the case. Cutler it seems had slept with most of the woman in the village so between spurned lovers and irate husbands, there are any number of suspects. They are assisted by the local police in the form of the very attractive WPC Jay Nash, to whom Troy takes a instant liking. When a second and then a third murder takes place, the police realize they have a far more complex motive that simple jealousy. Written by garykmcd

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When the police are looking through a victim's room, there is a framed poster of Louise Brooks on the wall. See more »

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Sgt. Gavin Troy: I always wondered do postmen deliver their own letters?
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Written by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger
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that big band sound
5 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Barnaby and Troy investigate the horrible murder of a womanizing postman in "Dark Autumn," a 2001 fourth season entry.

The village this time is Goodman's Land. The postman, Dave Cutler, who seems to have slept with every woman in the village, is found murdered, nearly decapitated by some sort of scythe. One person claims to have heard faint music playing outside on the night he was killed.

Needless to say, the women of the village are devastated and the men are suspects. But a few of those suspects wind up dead themselves, by the same method, and with musical accompaniment.

A messy case, in which the detectives are helped by a local police officer, Jay Nash (Gillian Kearney) whom Troy falls for. However, she tells him that she can't have a relationship with him. She is still very hurt from her last one.

Then Jay is nearly killed herself. Barnaby and Troy notice that the murders have a distinctly '50s theme going on -- there is old lipstick, and also records, old clothing near the victims, and someone describes "dance hall" music being heard.

Interesting case but not one of the best. As I've said before, every Midsomer Murder can't be a masterpiece. This one is good and intriguing, with the usual high production values, and a realization by Barnaby at the end that is rather sad.


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