Havers and Lynley have taken different paths to Cornwall, but end up at the same destination - a barn containing an apparent suicide and a lot of money.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Doug Rollins ...
Stephen Fenner
Sally Leonard ...
Judith Lynley
DC Tremayne
Lady Asherton
Stella Gonet ...
Lady Sarah Keach
Lawrence Chilcott
Devon Black ...
Mrs. Tremayne
Chilcott's Solicitor


DI Lynley is visiting the family estate with his sister. Lynley is concerned that his mother may not be able to run the place on her own. As he debates whether to continue his police career or return to Cornwall permanently, he studiously avoids having to tell his mother that he and Helen are separated after the loss of the baby. Havers is also in the area on leave and attending a rehab center. They're soon drawn in by the local police to assist with the suspicious death of Stephen Fenner who is found hanging in his barn. The post-mortem reveals that he was drugged and the suspicious death is soon a murder investigation. Fenner had recently been on the wrong end of a business deal having bought a lame racehorse. The investigation reveals however that there is a smuggling ring operating along the Cornish coast and Fenner may have been involved. A key suspect and a police officer will die however before Lynley and Havers identify the ringleader. Written by garykmcd

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24 March 2005 (UK)  »

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Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: I just sense there's more to him than meets the eye.
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: With due respect Sir, you sensing that Lachlan's behind this all isn't the same as evidence that he actually is.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Fair point.
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Followed by The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: One Guilty Deed (2006) See more »

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Good drama, not such good police work
9 March 2014 | by (Illinois, U.S.) – See all my reviews

The mystery was very good, mysterious happenings in a coastal village of Cornwall. Lynley and Havers are especially interesting this episode, reconnecting after Havers has been on leave, and with both visiting Lynley's family. The acting is all around excellent. There are interesting and shady characters that may have motives that Lynley and Havers try to deduce and then tie together to solve the case. I would give this an 8 or a 9 except for Lynley being incredibly stupid, putting himself in harm's way not once but twice for no reason other than to have a silly melodramatic conclusion. Still, up until then it's a satisfying and well-written and well-acted drama.

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