DCI Barnaby needs all his wits about him as he investigates a string of deaths at a local New Age commune.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
May Cuttle
Arno Gibbs
Ian Craigie
Colin Farrell ...
Ken Beavers
Diane Bull ...
Heather Beavers
Christopher Wainwright
Guy Gamelin
Susan Tracy ...
Felicity Gamelin
Robert Pickavance ...
William Carter
Daniel Hart ...
Tim Riley


Ian Craigie is the "master" of a new-age commune. He founded the center with a partner, Bill Carter, to scam the rich but over time, came to believe in the objectives and the good work they did. When Carter is found dead at the bottom of a staircase, the question is whether he fell or was pushed. Barnaby and Troy encounter an eclectic group of commune residents. There is Ken and Heather Beavers whom Barnaby discovers had a very interesting past; Sylvie Gamelin who has just announced that she is donating the several million pound inheritance she received on her 18th birthday; her father Guy who who is absolutely opposed to the donation and her dipsomaniac mother, Felicity; and Christopher Wainwright who may also be hiding something from his past. When another murder is committed, it is left to Barnaby to sift through the backgrounds of the various individuals to find the motive behind the two murders. Written by garykmcd

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6 May 1998 (UK)  »

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[finding that Craigie's hair is a wig]
Sergeant Troy: I said he was dodgy, right from the start!
D.C.I. Barnaby: Well, maybe, but wearing a wig is no reason to kill a man. With one or two notable exceptions.
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really good Midsomer Murders
1 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Death in Disguise" is one of the first episodes of the long-running "Midsomer Murders" series starring John Nettles. Since it's an early one, my favorite of his partners, Daniel Casey, is on board as Troy.

No dearth of suspects here. Ian Craigie is the head of a commune, populated by a diverse group of people. The commune concentrates on spiritual matters, though it wasn't started that way. Ian Craigie and Bill Carter founded the place as a scam to divest the wealthy of their money. However, Craigie came to believe in what the commune stood for. The two fight, and Carter falls (or was he pushed) over a staircase and falls to his death.

Barnaby and Troy come on the scene to investigate and meet the residents, former brothel owners, a wealthy young woman about to inherit a fortune and her boyfriend, a young man who can't speak, a woman who communes with the dead, as well as a few others.

When there is another murder, the question is, whodunit? It's not going to be easy to find out.

Very good mystery that takes place in a gorgeous mansion, and Barnaby's family is in this episode, which is always fun.

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