When the wife of a wealthy local businessman disappears, Barnaby finds that Fawcett Green harbors a complex web of financial and romantic entanglements.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Nigel Anderson
Rosalind Ayres ...
Doreen Anderson
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Elfrida Molfrey
Peter Jones ...
Bunny Dawlish
Sarah Lawton
Simone Hollingsworth
Alan Hollingsworth
Felicity Buckley
Paul Chapman ...
Reg Buckley
Sophie Stanton ...
Brenda Buckley


When the residents of Morton Fendle learn that the local mill is to be shut, many also realize that they will lose their investments in the place. Alan Hollingsworth had encouraged the locals to invest but he is now bankrupt and refuses to explain what has happened to the money. Feelings are running high and Gray Patterson in particular, Hollingsworth's one time partner, seems ready to do something about it. When Hollingsworth's wife disappears, Barnaby concludes that she has been kidnapped and that may account for the missing money. Bur who exactly are the kidnappers and why have they targeted Mrs. Hollingsworth in particular? A hidden romance and eventual betrayal allows Barnaby to bring the culprits to justice. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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22 April 1998 (UK)  »

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When Troy lifts Alan Hollingsworth's eyelid to see if he is dead his left eye partly opens, this would not happen if he were dead. See more »


D.C.I. Barnaby: You really don't have a soft pedal when it comes to the English language, do you, Troy?
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19 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What's interesting is the two diametrically opposing reviews, one a rave and one total hate.

I guess I'm somewhere in the middle, favoring the good. I really didn't consider this a bad Midsomer Murder at all.

I also don't consider John Nettles a boring actor. He has a role that doesn't often have a lot of range to it, but he's very likable and is good at both drama and humor. As far as Troy, he's always been my favorite Barnaby sidekick. He's adorable.

This plot concerns investments gone wrong, a kidnapping, drug activity in an unlikely place, and a few other plot points. The viewer will solve the case at the same time as the solution occurs to Barnaby.

Very enjoyable acting, and this time, I didn't even mind Lesley Vickerage, Inspector Lynley's awful girlfriend turned wife Helen in the Inspector Lynley series. Here she is quite good and very attractive. Always enjoy Barnaby's wife Joyce and daughter Cully. That was a nice thing that ran through Barnaby's whole time with the series - something like 12 or 13 years, if I'm not mistaken.

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