When an arrogant aristocratic family's decision to develop a memorial garden into a commercial tea shop has the villagers up in arms, murders past and present rear their heads.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Fliss Inkpen-Thomas
Dean Batchelor ...
Anthony Bate ...
Augustus Deverell
Raymond Bowers ...
Desmond Cox
Susan Millard
Richard Deverell
Kate Duchêne ...
Jane Bennett (as Kate Duchene)
Hilary Inkpen


Townspeople of a Midsomer village are up in arms over a wealthy, hated family's decision to turn a once-public memorial garden into a tea room. When one of the family is found murdered, Barnaby and Troy must weed through the townspeople's sordid lives to uncover the culprit. Written by Anonymous

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10 September 2000 (UK)  »

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This is the first time actor Neil Dudgeon makes an appearance on this show as the gardener (Daniel Bolt) to Inkpen Manor (location details: The Manor House, Frogmore Lane, Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, England, UK). See more »


Sergeant Gavin Troy: [talking to Barnaby about the dead body in the garden] ... I'd say a heavy blow with a blunt instrument. She's been dead overnight, stiff as a board and covered with snails.
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early Midsomer Murders entry
27 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the one of the early seasons in this long-running show, "Garden of Death" (2000) stars John Nettles as IDCI Barnaby and his original partner, Sgt. Troy, played by Daniel Casey.

For a small, quaint English village, this place is crawling with murder and secrets. This time, the community is fighting over a garden that is to be turned into a tea room by its wealthy owners, the Inkpen family. The family has two daughters, Fliss (Sarah Alexander) and Hillary (Victoria Hamtilton), half-sisters, one of whom was taken in by her mother Elspeth Inkpen-Thomas (Belinda Lang) as an adult. The night after a town meeting that erupts in anger, Fliss is found dead.

Barnaby is perplexed - if this murder concerns the garden, why was Fliss killed and not Elspeth. Well, soon enough, Elspeth is killed, too. And there is no shortage of suspects: the man who designed the garden, his daughter, who is opposing the tearoom, the gardener, who has a history with the women of the family; and Hilary, whom Fliss hated.

Elspeth's murder isn't the last as Barnaby and Troy attempt to figure out the motive and the murderer.

Very neat mystery, not as it seems. Good entry into the series.

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