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
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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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12 September 1999 (UK)  »

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When explaining why she is telling Barnaby that Steven Cavendish is lying, Mrs. Cooper quotes a verse from the book of Philippians but attributes the words to Jesus instead of Paul. 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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