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



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Adie Allen ...
Glen Berry ...
Philip Bowen ...
Kenneth Gooders
Niamh Daly ...
Denise Daly
Junior Cook
Roger Frost ...
Colin Salter
Caroline Holdaway ...


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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26 August 2001 (UK)  »

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D.C.I. Tom Barnaby: ...and the kitchen staff can confirm that you were here?
Tristan Goodfellow: ...until 10:30, and then Julia Gooders can confirm I was in the meeting with her, so just when I was getting changed that I was alone - about 10 minutes.
Sergeant Gavin Troy: You didn't have any help from Mrs. Chambers then, sir?
Tristan Goodfellow: Not on that particular occasions, but you're right, I do like Susan to undress me whenever possible. She's rather an expert.
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There's a Fungus Among Us!
19 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This entertaining offering begins with a man picking mushrooms. As he picks them he speaks into a recorder, describing which ones they are and what he knows about them. It would appear he is a biologist. After he cuts one of them off a tree, he hears something in the bushes. Suddenly, it appears that he is shot. Now we cut to a funeral. An elderly hotel owner has died and his heirs are at the scene. Among them is a very attractive but very severe woman who has managed he hotel. It is obvious that she is nasty and insensitive. It turns out that the man in the woods was her husband, but while he is being dismantled, she is in the arms of a handsome young guy. She doesn't seem to have any sadness over the her husband's disappearance and his failure to show up for the funeral. Obviously, she is going to be a central figure. Shortly thereafter, the severed hand of the mushroom collector is found. The episode revolves around murders that occur and a lot of infighting. Also, there is something about the guy who died and his hotel and some coverups. This has a very nice web of intrigue and a really satisfying conclusion.

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