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 ...
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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Sergeant Gavin Troy: [mildly shocked to see Salter answering the door clad only in a woman's apron] I'm not sure that's legal, sir.
Colin Salter: A man can dress as he wishes in his own home.
D.C.I. Tom Barnaby: [clearly uncomfortable] Would you mind putting something on, Mr. Salter, I'd like to ask you a few questions.
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Near-classic 'Midsomer Murders'
5 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

"Destroying Angel" is not quite one of the very finest 'Midsomer Murders' episodes, but very frequently it comes very close to being. It is one of Season 4's best episodes easily, and much better than "Garden of Death" and especially one of the show's strangest episodes "The Electric Vendetta".

As always, the production values are top notch, with to die for scenery, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's grimness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.

Meanwhile, the script is smart, thought-provoking and suitably grim, the humour also being a breath of fresh air. Nothing felt inconsequential, everything had a point, everything intrigued and it was explained and cleared up well.

The story, over the top and elaborate but appropriately and wonderfully so and with a high body count, is hugely compelling, and never simplistic and never losing any of the maturity of the previous episodes. There is a lot going on mostly without being cluttered or rushed, and that nothing is what it seems, or very few people are who they seem adds to the complexity, while there are no out of kilter scenes. The twists, red herrings and turns keep coming, and rarely in an obvious or press-the-rewind button. The characters are colourful.

Acting is very good, superb in the case of John Nettles, and his chemistry with Daniel Casey (a great contrast as ever as Troy), Jane Wymark (love their loving chemistry) and Barry Jackson always convincing and more. Samantha Bond contributes very strongly.

In fact, my only real problem, despite the solution actually being pretty ingenious, is the ending being written in a way that seemed to try too hard to make one feel sorry for someone who killed so many people. Giving the nature of the crimes, it did fail to do that.

To conclude, a near-classic of 'Midsomer Murders'. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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