DI Frost welcomes a new member of the CID team, PC Ronnie Lonnegan. They soon are investigating a mysterious death when a body is found in the local water reservoir. There is no identification on the body and there doesn't seem to be a car parked nearby so they're not sure how he got there. The post-mortem indicates however that he didn't drown in the place where his body was found. They also investigate the death of Paul and Jean Harris who are killed when an an assailant ties them up and sets their house on fire. The main suspect is Mike Patterson, a handyman who had been doing work for the couple and who may have also been having an affair with Jean. Forensics indicate there is a connection between the death of the unknown man and the Harrises. Meanwhile, Supt. Mullett is his usual concerned self about a formal inspection of the station by a senior officer. Frost is also his usual self, which doesn't help matters. Written by
Sometimes it shows lack of imagination to continue to put Frost under supervision over and over. Once again Mullett is approached by his superiors with their new-fangled police methods (kinder and gentler methods). They are more interested in the politics of police work than the day to day results. Frost again has a new partner, a black woman who stuns him at first. She is very capable and the eventually start to click. He also has a new romantic interest, a woman who is a forensic psychologist, who helps him with cases. There are two significant ones. The first is a man who has been found drowned in a place not indicated by evidence. The second is a disabled man and his wife whose house has been burned with them in it. They have been bludgeoned and tied up and then the house has been ignited. As is usually the case, he has to play up to another bureaucrat who Mullett is afraid of. There is also a dog and an old man.
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