The Midsomer Worthy Writers Circle invites well-known author Max Jennings to one of their monthly meetings. The group's secretary, Gerald Hadleigh is opposed to to the invitation, but is outvoted. It becomes apparent that Jennings and Hadleigh knew one another at one time. When Hadleigh is found dead the next day, Barnaby and Troy begin looking into the backgrounds of the various Circle members and try to locate Jennings. When they do find him he is, as they say, incapable of assisting them with their inquiries. A second murder adds to the puzzle but in the end, the solution rests on learning of long ago events and a hidden family secret. At home, the Barnaby's agree to care for daughter Cully's Russian Blue cat Killmouskie, with interesting results for Tom. Written by
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Frederick Forsyth gets a (perjorative) mention in this but he enjoyed it so much that he wrote about it in his Daily Express column. He deliberately misnamed Midsomer Worthy as "Midsomer Jockstrap" and he described the whole series as "amiable tosh". See more
The talk to the writer's group is the evening of 1st July. When they're trying to find the taxi which dropped off a woman at the house the night before the talk, DCI Barnaby tells Sgt. Troy to contact cab companies and find out about "the 31st." June only has 30 days. See more
Liam. Liam? What are you doing with that? Liam? Liam. Liam!
References Dixon of Dock Green