Barnaby and Troy are drawn to Newton Magna where their search for a horse whisperer allegedly struck by a car is complicated by the discovery of a body in the town well.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Casey ...
Jane Wymark ...
Patrick Drury ...
Robin Wooliscroft
Frank Lightbourne
Jonathan Hackett ...
Reverend Thorne
Bubbles Stockard
Noel Wooliscroft
George Innes ...
Jackie Marsh
Melvyn Stockard
Mary Mohan
Valerie Megson
Julie Stockard
Linda Marlowe ...
Bridget Wooliscroft


While driving home from a party in the village of Newton Magna, Dr. Burgess accidentally hits someone with his car. He goes to a nearby pub for assistance, but when they return to the scene of the accident, there's no one to be found. The pub owner seeks Tom Barnaby's assistance but all he and Sgt. Troy can find is a bloody handkerchief by the side of the road. Barnaby does meet up with Melvyn Stockard, now a buyer and seller of horses, but who was once convicted of robbery. They know that the person struck by the car was a recently arrived Irishman who claimed to be a horse whisperer. When a body is found in the village well, the police uncover a complex web of marital infidelities and deceit. When another villager is found murdered, Barnaby finds that the horse whisperers appearance in the village some weeks before may been for a very specific purpose. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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9 September 2001 (UK)  »

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Characters Certainly a Bit Stock
20 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Considering the plot of this episode, it's my belief that this is just too long. As a result, there are long talky periods where little happens. Once a character has been established, we don't need more exposition. I think first of all of the farmer, the father of the boy who is getting married and the jilted husband. He is full of anger and there are several scenes that don't progress the plot, just reaffirm the same point. The smug father of the bride, an acquaintance of Barnaby's is much the same too. He is full of himself and he resists helping in the case, enjoying casting barbs at Tom. Unlike most of the Midsomer Murder episodes, I was pretty sure who the murderer was and I was proved correct. I could go into more, but others have already presented some of the shortcomings. I agree that a high standard has been set and the last two shows don't stack up.

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