The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Season 3, Episode 4

If Wishes Were Horses (25 Mar. 2004)

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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
Christopher Fox ...
DC Lee Turner
Candida Gubbins ...
Gina Stephanopoulos
Dr. Tessa Jellicoe
Albert Welling ...
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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Every good detective story plus
18 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The mystery in this production was intricate enough to keep interest, and the acting was excellent. However, it is the personal tragedies of the main characters that are the most interesting things in the story, and the lead actors bring this across very well. (I wonder why we don't see Sharon Small in other things. ) Both Lynley and Havers are complex characters that are compelling. Anyone could enjoy this, even if this is the viewer's first Lynley/Havers story. However, those who have seen these characters through the earlier story's will more appreciate the nuances of the principal characters. Unlike many movies, much less television shows, the characters' pasts impact the present in clear ways that keep the viewer emotionally involved.

This was a very enjoyable entry in the Inspector Lynley Mysteries.

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