The Devington school has a long history of educating the privileged members of society and many have gone on to illustrious careers, such as in the Diplomatic Service. The Talbot family in particular has a long association with the school with three generations having attended. When Daniel Talbot is killed during the St. Malley's Day race, the same day his elderly grandfather dies of natural causes, Barnaby and Troy investigate. They find ongoing feuds between the school and villagers, a conspiracy theorist who thinks the school is the center of criminal activity, students who are having drinking parties at the local pub and the ongoing affairs of the school's secretive Pudding Club. The discovery of a long-held school secret leads to the discovery of the murderer. Written by
Did You Know?
When visiting local crackpot Dudley Carew, Troy picks up and examines a magazine entitled "The Conspiracy Gazette", featuring a cover story "The Truth About Crop Circles" with a crop circle photo on the cover. This magazine from Carew's desk looks strikingly similar to a magazine seen on the desk of Lloyd Kirby, a UFO True Believer in "The Electric Vendetta" which centered around crop circles. See more
When Troy and Barnaby interview Dennis Carter in his cottage, Mr. Carter gets up from the table and stands in front of a outside door. On the bottom of the door is a handwritten sign that reads "THIS IS A DRESSED SET. KEEP OUT." See more
DCI Tom Barnaby
Smothered by a meat pudding, flattened by the roller and bashed about the head. Not necessarily in that order.
Sergeant Gavin Troy
Think it could be accidental, sir?
DCI Tom Barnaby
No time for jokes, Troy.