Lynley is assigned to the hit and run of a woman while attending an anniversary party at his superior officer's house.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gideon Martin
Richard Martin
Rosalind Jones ...
Mandy More ...
Eugenie Martin
Kananu Kirimi ...
WPC Mason
DS David Leach
DSI Webberley
Mrs. Webberley
Theatre Manager
Jason Baughan ...
SOCO Officer
James Pitchley


While attending an anniversary party at his superior officer's house, Lynley is given the task of investigating the death by car of a woman. He and Havers think it odd that he is given the case, but doggedly pursue the truth. The woman was the mother of a gifted violinist who mysteriously abandoned his concert just at the time his mother was run down. As the plot deepens, connections to a crime 20 years earlier appear and tensions between Lynley and a fellow policeman boil over. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: When I find people are lying to me in a murder inquiry, I become suspicious.
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Songs My Mother Taught Me
Music composed by Antonín Dvorák (1880)
Set to poetry of Adolf Heyduk
Performed by piano at opening concert and later heard on a recording
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I guess everyone hated this series, or at least this episode
14 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of the Inspector Lynley Mysteries because I love Nathaniel Parker. As with any series of this kind, some episodes are better than others. I understand perfectly that if you a fan of the books, you are probably not going to like this series.

Since I haven't read the books, I have to take the stories and the characters as they are on the screen.

In "A Traitor to Memory," from the third season, Lynley and Havers are called upon to investigate a hit and run - in fact, Lynley is pulled out of his superior officer's anniversary party. The case soon leads the detectives to a crime that occurred twenty years earlier, a gifted violinist, his father, and his teacher-manager.

Havers, meanwhile, has decided to resign in a month and is angry with Lynley because she believes he didn't fight for her, and that's why she was demoted. On the home front, Lynley gets some surprising news.

In reading some of the comments, whether or not I've read the books, I have to agree with one thing. Lesley Vickerage is not right for the role of Helen, and I wasn't surprised to read that her description doesn't match what's in the books. Here's this gorgeous, hunky guy, an aristocrat, and Helen is totally wrong for him. Not to mention, I can't believe they got married! They were always fighting and separating. I haven't liked her from the first time I saw her.

Anyway, now that that rant is over, I enjoyed this episode. It was a very intricate mystery, and while I agree the scene with Helen becoming angry with Lynley was stupid, I think it fit the TV Helen - it's just the type of thing she would do.

Without giving the story away, I had one problem with the actual story. The violinist's reaction to the piece he had to play at the concert - if you're a musician preparing for a concert, you rehearse each piece hundreds of times. I find it odd that throughout the rehearsal process, absolutely nothing clicked in this guy until he got on stage. Don't buy it.

Otherwise, I enjoyed this.

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