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
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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£1,250,000 (estimated)

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Not what I expected
24 January 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This starts with a Mr Finnegan dying and his history comes out that he is a womanizer that cheats on every woman he is married to and has affairs. He also has pictures of woman and letters and comments regarding them.

Barbara Havers, Lynleys assistant finds Lynley's wife Helen's picture among the pictures and notes kept by Mr Finnegan. Haver's holds back on this info because Helen was in a bad car accident and Helen never told her husband Tom that she knew Mr Finnegan.

The woman he marries are usually beaten up and left with black eyes etc. What is really stupid about this story is the woman all love him, even the women he beats up. Maybe it is because he is rich.

Lynley's wife Helen is pregnant and is now a police pro-filer. She goes on cases with her husband even when he does not want her. Her body looks like she is about 5 months pregnant. Havers feels Lynley cannot make good judgement investigating this case because he now is aware that his wife might have had the car accident because she knew or had a relationship with the dead man and someone is out to kill her.

Later we find out Mr Finnegan had many enemies men and women and some of the people end up being stalked. He has a former wife that comes to his house and torments his current widow.

I did not like a part about a lesbian relationship mentioned. So in the end the cause is different then what we expect of the outcome of murders and ex-wives inheriting a lot of money, doctors and more.

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