When the body of a local beauty is discovered by the pool at her manor house, Barnaby and Troy uncover a seedy world of adultery and deceit within the affluent rural community.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Cherrie Balcombe
Richard Clothier ...
Charles Collingwood ...
Lord Hislop
Georgina Canning
Ellie Haddington ...
Joan Farley
Dr Bullard
Liz Keyne
Raif Canning
Pamela Miles ...
Lady Hislop
Terry O'Brien ...
Dog Owner
Brian Poyser ...


Melissa Townsend is young, rich, attractive and has a superior attitude that is most off-putting. She is generally disliked by almost everyone in the village and Barnaby is called when she starts to receive threatening letters. Soon after a break in at the local vets, Melissa is found dead, having been injected with a deadly substance. Among the suspects are Melissa's friend Sally, the vet and several other villagers. The police's biggest problem is that they start to run out of suspects as, one by one, they too are murdered. In the end, the solution revolves around blackmail and someone's desire for social acceptability. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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23 September 2001 (UK)  »

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Actor Adrian Rawlins, who plays Adam Kayne in this episode, would later garner tremendous international fame as James Potter, the father of Harry Potter, in the epic, 8 film series, that chronicles the adventures of Harry in the wizarding world, based on JK Rowlings series of novels. Ironically, the first film begins with the death of his character, as well as of Harry's mother, Lilly, setting off a course of events that would become legend within the world of the books/movies, and in the real world as well. See more »


Hugo Balcombe: I've spent a lifetime trying to fathom the complexities of jungle ecosystems, but they are nothing compared to the machinations of this village... Just extraordinary!
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Barnaby & Troy on the case
17 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Plenty of people have a reason to want Melissa Townsend dead. She's received threatening letters, so Barnaby and Troy investigate. There's a robbery at the local veterinarian's, and shortly after, Melissa is found dead with a needle in her arm.

Unfortunately for our dynamic duo, the various suspects end up dead themselves. As Barnaby digs deeper, he discovers blackmail, extramarital and same sex affairs -- in short, the stuff of murder.

Good episode as Barnaby and Troy investigate the rich and not so rich, best friends, and enemies. The young woman who plays Melissa, Lucy Punch, comes across as a vapid rich girl, but there turns out to be more to her.

Some of these episodes are better than others, but for the most part, I've enjoyed most of them.

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