After a noted author speaks before a group of local Midsomer writers, the naked body of the event's host is found bludgeoned to death in his bedroom.

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Honoria Lyddiard
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Amy Lyddiard
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Max Jennings
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Laura Hutton
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Sue Clapper
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Selina Jennings
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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 garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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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 »

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Russian Blue cats tend to by hypo-allergenic. It's highly unlikely anyone who did not know they were allergic to cats would react to a Russian Blue for the first time in their life. See more »

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Liam's Father: Liam. Liam? What are you doing with that? Liam? Liam. Liam!
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References Dixon of Dock Green (1955) See more »

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18 years later, still a classic
27 November 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When in its prime, 'Midsomer Murders' was one of my favourites. Still tune into it now, but it has not been the same since John Nettles left and Neil Dudgeon took over.

After starting off brilliantly with "The Killings at Badgers Drift", 'Midsomer Murders' continues its classic standard with another one of its finest episodes "Written in Blood", an episode so good that it beggars belief that it was only the second episode. John Nettles is superb as Barnaby, giving the role humour, intelligence and methodical thoughtfulness. Daniel Casey is a great contrasting partner as Troy, the two work wonders together. As does Jane Wymark in another strong characterisation.

Supporting them all the way are the supporting cast, with Anna Massey and Una Stubbs being particularly exceptional, with Joanna David, David Troughton, John Shrapnel and especially Robert Swann not being close behind.

Once again, "Written in Blood" is an incredibly well-made episode, beautifully photographed with gorgeously idyllic scenery that contrasts very well with the grimness of the story. The music fits perfectly, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre. The script is smart, thought-provoking and suitably grim, with even some nice humour.

The story is incredibly compelling throughout, being as with the best 'Midsomer Murders' episodes complex, fun and disturbing. A standout scene is the climax, unforgettable in its terrifyingly macabre nature.

In conclusion, classic episode and one of the show's best. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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