Lynley investigates the car bomb murder of a womanizing forensic pathologist whose list of former lovers includes Helen.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Ridley ...
Dermot Finnegan
Lisa Palfrey ...
Lizzie Shakespeare
Noel Shakespeare
Gillian McCutcheon ...
Grace Finnegan
Maureen Finnegan
DC Lee Turner
Candida Gubbins ...
Gina Stephanopoulos
Dr. Tessa Jellicoe
Max Giles
Jane Hazlegrove ...
Janice Cooke


DI Lynley and DS Havers investigate the murder of a forensic psychologist, Professor Dermot Finnegan, who was blown to bits with a car bomb. In his profession, he has done much work for the police and the list of those seeking revenge is endless. In his home village, Noel Shakespeare's daughter was imprisoned for killing her abusive husband and he has campaigned relentlessly to get her a new trial. Then there is Peter Stephanopoulos who also served 10 years largely on Finnegan's testimony but has now been released. Complicating matters is the fact that Finnegan was also a ladies man having had several affairs and ex-wife who shows up at his funeral. Lynley is surprised when he learns that his wife Helen also worked with. The case takes on a very personal slant for Lynley when someone takes a shot at Helen and she is severely injured. Written by garykmcd

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25 March 2004 (UK)  »

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Lynley and Havers investigate
8 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When Professor Dermot Finnegan is killed by a car bomb after a controversial case is reopened, the handsome, aristocratic DI Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and DS Havers (Sharon Small) are called in to investigate.

An obvious suspect is Noel Shakespeare, whose daughter has been in prison for murdering her husband, but has recently been denied a new trial thanks to Finnegan's testimony. There is also Peter Stephanopoulos who served ten years based on Finnegan's testimony but has now been released.

Finnegan has left a widow, an meddling ex-wife, and a string of mistresses, one of whom years earlier was Lynley's now-pregnant wife Helen. When tragedy strikes, the case becomes more personal for Lynley.

This is a pretty good mystery though the murderer is obvious and we have to see a lot of Helen (Lesley Vickerage), not my favorite character.

I always get a kick out of Lynley's temper and how, despite this, Havers does what she wants anyway. I'd be terrified of crossing him, but she's a feisty one.

This is the last episode of season 3, and we're left with a big cliffhanger. Enjoy.

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