A visit to his convalescent aunt prompts Barnaby to investigate a series of suspicious deaths at the nursing home where she is staying.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Phyllis Calvert ...
Alice Bly
William Smithers
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Arthur Prewitt
George Watson
Gudrun Ure ...
Celia Armstrong
Angela Down ...
Pru Bennett
Colin Tierney ...
Mungo Mortimer
Clive Wood ...
Dr. Clive Warnford
Hilary Richards
Carolyn Pickles ...
Sister Lovelace
Miranda Kingsley ...
Nurse Bartlett


While taking a week off to move into their new home, Barnaby takes time to visit his aunt, Alice Bly, who is staying at a local convalescent home for a few weeks. She tells him that a resident died there the previous evening and at least one other resident believes it was murder. When the home's administrator tells Barnaby that residents' personal effects are going missing, he gets Troy to look into the goings on at the manor. When a second resident is found dead soon after, Barnaby begins to suspect that something is amiss. Written by garykmcd

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22 January 2000 (UK)  »

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Not as Interesting as Some
13 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Barnaby's aunt is in a convalescent home. She is of sound mind and pretty resourceful, but needs to recover. While she is there, people begin to die. We are then introduced to the nurses, the residents, and some family that live outside the old building. We have a whole series of possible suspects, but after a while, their movements seem to be explained satisfactorily. We are deliberately misled by camera angles and shadows. It seems a bit contrived. The place does seem to be rather undesirable in some ways. There are enough bad caretakers to make things a bit dicey. But, of course, we as viewers are being manipulated. The show is called "Blue Herring" but the "Red Herring" is the order of the day. Barnaby comes and goes to visit his Auntie and it takes forever for him to believe that something seedy is going on there. When he does, the results are rather disappointing. Nevertheless, it's decent enough to keep our attention.

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