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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Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
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Alice Bly
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William Smithers
Geoffrey Bayldon ...
Arthur Prewitt
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George Watson
Gudrun Ure ...
Celia Armstrong
Angela Down ...
Pru Bennett
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Mungo Mortimer
Clive Wood ...
Dr. Clive Warnford
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Hilary Richards
Carolyn Pickles ...
Sister Lovelace
Miranda Kingsley ...
Nurse Bartlett
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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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22 January 2000 (UK)  »

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Last TV role of 'Phylis Calvert'. See more »

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Sergeant Gavin Troy: Who wants to live to be 89?
D.C.I. Tom Barnaby: Somone who's 88.
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A String of Pearls
Written by Jerry Gray
Performed by Glenn Miller
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a sobering Midsomer Murders
25 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Blue Herrings," Barnaby, supposedly on a break from detective work, finds himself involved in some suspicious deaths at a nursing home.

Barnaby's aunt (Phyllis Calvert) is convalescing at a nursing home when a sudden death occurs. She's told by one of the residents that the doctor and his assistant, a Miss Richards, are getting people to change their wills, leaving everything to the home, and then they conveniently die. When there's a second death, Aunt Alice really becomes worried. Also, the personal effects of these residents are missing.

Despite some other reviews, I enjoyed this episode. It is poignant, sad -- after all, we're dealing with the elderly -- and the denouement is interesting. It was wonderful to see Phyllis Calvert, an old-time film star, playing Aunt Alice, as well as Nigel Davenport as a resident who missed his old bon vivant life.

I also found the end with Joyce and Barnaby very sweet.


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