Morse and Lewis investigate the murder of a young woman, Sylvia Kane, found dead in a pub car park. She was last seen at a bus stop asking for the times of the bus to Woodstock and was to meet as friend at the same pub where she was found. She had accepted a lift from someone in a red car and the police find an envelope on the dead girl addressed to Jennifer Coleby, a co-worker. This leads Morse to uncover a complex set of social inter-relationships and eventually, the girl's killer. Written by
"Last Bus to Woodstock" is one of those typical Morse episodes that brings in several plots and makes you concentrate, which is a good thing.
A young woman, Sylvia Kane, is found dead in the car park of a pub. On her is an empty envelope addressed to someone else, Jennifer Coleby, and a letter, written in code. Morse guesses the envelope was full of money. She was intending to meet a young man at the pub.
Sylvia was hitching a ride to Woodstock when last seen. A visit to where she worked doesn't yield much, except Jennifer Coleby (Jill Baker) works there, and she's having an affair with the boss.
Coleby lives in a house and takes in roommates. One is a nurse, Mary, and another a student, Angie. Jennifer claims to know nothing about the letter and says that, while it was addressed to her, she was to pass it to someone else.
To whom was she to pass the letter? What was really in it? If it was money, who has it? Where is the person who picked Sylvia up? Is that the killer? Morse and Lewis have a lot to work out.
Excellent episode with marvelous acting by Morse, Kevin Whately, Anthony Bate, Jill Baker, and Fabia Drake, who plays an elderly witness to the hitchhiking. The denouement is not what you'd expect.
This is one series I really miss, particularly the character of Morse. I guess I'm not alone, or we would have had the "Inspector Lewis" series and "Endeavor."
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