Midsomer Murders: Season 4, Episode 2

Destroying Angel (26 Aug. 2001)

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When a hotel owner dies, the manager misses the reading of the will that names him part-owner.

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Glen Berry ...
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Nigel Betts ...
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DCI Barnaby and Sgt. Troy investigate the murder of Gregory Chambers who was killed when out in the woods mushrooming. He was one of four people who had recently inherited a portion of his employer's estate, principally a local hotel. With his death, his one-quarter share now passes to his wife, Suzanna, who has been having an affair with Tristan Goodfellow. It would also appear that Gregory was having an affair with Annie Salter, who is four months pregnant. When Tristan is poisoned with a type of mushroom known as Destroying Angel and the other inheritors of the estate are put at risk, Barnaby looks to find a common connection. Written by garykmcd

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Sergeant Gavin Troy: [rhetorically, after seeing Salter put an anti-theft boot on his steering wheel] Why is it that people who use that thing always drive cars that no thief would touch with a barge pole.
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excellent Midsomer Murder entry
19 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Destroying Angel," DCI Barnaby and Sgt. Troy are called to a Midsomer village to investigate the murder of Gregory Chambers, killed in the woods while out looking at specimens of mushrooms.

The case turns out to be fairly complicated because Chambers is part of a real hotbed of intrigue. He and three other people have just inherited a portion of a hotel upon his employer's death. His wife now gets his quarter.

His wife, Suzanna, is a cold, somewhat nasty woman. (When asked if the May pageant would still be held on the grounds, she says, "This is the last year. You'll have to find someplace else to stick your maypole.") She's been having a mad affair with one Tristan Goodfellow, the hotel chef, while her deceased husband was involved with a woman named Annie Salter. Annie is four months pregnant. Yikes.

Then Tristan is poisoned with "destroying angel," a type of mushroom, and not much can be done for him. Then there's another death. As the bodies mount up, Barnaby and Troy have to figure out whodunit.

Really good story with a good performance by Samantha Bond as the unpleasant Suzanne, and Rosemary Pope, as an elderly woman with health problems. A few twists in this, plus the gorgeous locations, make this one to see.


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