Morse and Lewis investigate the murder of Harry Josephs, a warden at St. Oswald's church who is found dead immediately after a church service. The initial focus is on a tramp who attended the service but the autopsy reveals that Josephs died of an overdose of morphine. When others who attended the same service are killed - including the vicar Lionel Pawlin, the church organist Paul Morris, his 12 year old son and Harry Josephs' wife Brenda - Morse suspect that everyone who attended that particular service is in danger. However, the solution to the case revolves around deceit and mistaken identity. Written by
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When Morse examines the diary, he refers Lewis to the curious incident of the dog that did nothing in the nighttime. He is referring to the Sherlock Holmes story Silver Blaze by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. See more
When telling Morse about where everyone was standing when the murder was committed, Ruth tells him that Lionel was at the altar, then she saw him rush down the aisle. However, the aisle is the passage down the side wings of the church. The main passage down the middle is the nave. It is a common mistake to get these muddled (people wrongly talk about the bride walking "up the aisle") but, being a regular churchgoer and the church cleaner, Ruth would certainly know the difference. See more
Chief Inspector Morse
The vicar didn't seem to want to discuss it. It's a very funny thing, but as soon as someone doesn't want to discuss something, I do.