Fletcher's Cross is preparing for annual cricket match when the wife of local landowner and cricket captain is murdered after taking dog for a walk.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Robert Cavendish
Stephen Cavendish
Jane Cavendish
Tara Cavendish
Penelope Beaumont ...
Mrs. Wilson
Duncan Preston ...
Colin Cooper
Christine Cooper
Terence Rigby ...
Ian Frasier
Zelda Frasier
Zoë Hart ...
Patricia Smith (as Zoe Hart)
Terence Corrigan ...


Barnaby and Troy investigate the murder of Tara Cavendish, who is beaten to death with a cricket bat near a quarry on her husband's estate. She is the young wife of Robert Cavendish, a local landowner who is also captain of the Fletcher's Cross cricket team. He is disliked by many: his son, Stephen, who resents his father and is having an affair with a local barmaid; Charles Jennings, whom Cavendish recently dismissed from the cricket team; and a group of locals who resent that Cavendish has closed a public footpath that ran across his estate. The mystery deepens when it turns out Cavendish's housekeeper, Emily Beavis, died in a fall at the quarry site some 18 months previously. With that information, Barnaby is convinced that the two deaths are connected. Written by garykmcd

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12 September 1999 (UK)  »

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When Cavendish is showing the detectives his collection of German military memorabilia, he produces a medal which he refers to as the 'Iron Cross First Class'. As can be seen from the ribbon, it is in fact an even higher award, the Knight's Cross, with the further distinction of oak leaves. No serious collector (as Cavendish is apparently supposed to be) would make such an elementary mistake - it would be almost as bad as getting the denomination wrong on a coin or a stamp. See more »


DCI Tom Barnaby: Every time I go into any Midsomer village it's always the same thing: blackmail, sexual deviances, suicide, and murder. How could you possibly expect me to go and live in one of them?
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Vengeful murders, dishonest people
28 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode was interesting. As usual Christians are given roles that portray us as bad people and religion is emphasized. It has the Coopers that "say" they are Christians talk about the "Bible, Sweet Jesus" and more with outrageous behavior. The Coopers serve in the church, talk about sin and yet they are the worst couple in the episode. The man punishes and hurts his wife when she tells him she sins and wants to be hurt by him, it's like a game. This sadistic behavior is part of their sexual foreplay.

The Cooper had sex near the quarry where an explosion took place years before and tell Barnaby they were "meditating" and saw a woman fall to her death. They lied about the cause of her fall. Mrs Cooper thinks it is okay to sin when Barnaby confronts hers. She says that is why Christ came into this world. Barnaby straightens her out and says Jesus came "to call people to repent Mrs Cooper I think that is a word that is alien to you." Barnaby continues on about the couple's behavior who left a dying woman not dead and waited along time before they called the police.

Two women are dead in the quarry. One woman have fallen to her death. The Coopers did not tell the police the truth. Then the owner of the quarry's young wife was beaten to death with a cricket racquet. There is also Jennings a young man from the episode before who was caught sleeping with Mr Eastman for money. Jennings knows who the killer is, sends a blackmail letter and ends up dead.

A lot is focused on cricket and too much on Barnaby wife who wants to move to this area but after all this changed her mind. Some other nonsense about a protesters who are walkers who want to walk a certain path which causes anger among people. Barnaby explains to Troy how he comes to his conclusions about who the murder/murders are and why. Very good summation.

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