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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Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
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Robert Cavendish
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Stephen Cavendish
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Jane Cavendish
Felicity Dean ...
Tara Cavendish
Penelope Beaumont ...
Mrs. Wilson
Duncan Preston ...
Colin Cooper
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Christine Cooper
Terence Rigby ...
Ian Frasier
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Zelda Frasier
Zoë Hart ...
Patricia Smith (as Zoe Hart)
Terence Corrigan ...
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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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Stars three of the main cast of the Harry Potter series in Imeda Staunton, Robert Hardy and Toby Jones. See more »

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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 »

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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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A Whole Group of Really Unlikable People
10 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As Barnaby and his wife search for a new house, he falls into a murder investigation. As is often the case with this series, there is a history here. We are made privy to an explosion in a quarry that took the life of a young man. Of course, that will be important as things unfold. Central figures include a wealthy family. A rich man with a young wife and a resentful, profligate son. There are other assorted townspeople who must kowtow to this guy. One day, his wife goes for a walk with her dog and has her head bashed in with a cricket bat. The interesting thing is that he had planned to sell his estate no move to Orlando, Florida with her. Now everything changes. Things center around a cricket team that is the passion of the nasty old guy. There are others involved who are obviously hiding things. This is another richly plotted episode with a very satisfactory resolution.


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