Barnaby and Jones are called to investigate a series of murders involving a pair of feuding families.

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Jane Wymark ...
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Sharon Morgan ...
Delyth Mostyn
David Yelland ...
James Kirkwood
Simon Wilson ...
Alan Delaney
Alwyne Taylor ...
Kath Bullard
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Megan Mostyn
Daniel Evans ...
David Mostyn
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Bryn Williams
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Huw Mostyn
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Harriet Tidyman
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DCI Barnaby and DS Jones investigate the death of Dr. Alan Delaney who was purposely run down by someone driving a pick-up truck. Delaney was driving Dr. James Kirkwood's brand new SUV and Barnaby believes Kirkwood may have been the intended victim. He doesn't have to look far to find anyone who would like to see Kirkwood dead. Jim Kirkwood and Delyth Mostin had only recently announced they were to be married. Both had been married previously but Kirkwood is a widower and Mostin divorced. Dorothy Hutton had asked Barnaby if it's suspicious that her son-in-law James is re-marrying a mere four years after his first wife, her daughter Sarah, died. Barnaby assures her that Sarah's death was fully investigated and James Kirkwood was nowhere near her bedside at the time of her death. Delyth Mostin's children are nearly apoplectic at the thought of their mother re-marrying and are absolutely opposed to the union. Then there's Clifford Rawnsley, a local farmer who had pursued Delyth but whom ... Written by garykmcd

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[first lines]
Delyth Mostyn: So, my fellow foot-sloggers, this is the plan. We make an early start from Causton and have lunch here at Beddgelert. Then we drive to Gorffwysfa and descending by the Miner's Track we go past Llyn Teryn and Llyn Llydaw, and then we tackle the giant himself: Yr Wyddfa.
Clifford Rawnsley: I thought we were going to Snowdon.
[several people laugh]
Dorothy Hutton: You know the route well, then, Delyth?
Delyth Mostyn: As a girl, according to my father, I was up and down it like a yo-yo.
Clifford Rawnsley: So, this trip's a bit of a pilgrimage for you, is...
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MyFamwy
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Music by Joseph Parry
Lyrics by Richard davies
Sung by Welsh chorale group
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Pretty good
11 February 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As has been said by me a number of times, 'Midsomer Murders' is one of my most watched and most re-watched shows. It is nowhere near as good now and the Tom Barnaby-era wasn't alien to average or less episodes, but when it was on form or at its best boy was it good.

Season 10 started off decently with "Dance with the Dead", though that was marred by uneven pacing and padding. "The Animal Within" was an improvement, being very good and highly entertaining. "King's Crystal" was mostly solid and diverting but expected the final solution to be much stronger than the rather too ambiguous and incomplete one in the episode. "The Axeman Cometh" was also decent, but also marred by the pacing and padding as well as being over-stuffed and underdeveloped in places.

"Death and Dust" is neither classic or average or less 'Midsomer Murders' and is for me up to this point of Season 10 the second best of the season after "The Animal Within". It does fall short of being great.

The dialogue does ramble a little in places, the pacing while better paced than most of the previous Season 10 episodes could have tightened up on occasions with it in particular taking a little too long to get going and I also have a preference for the darker and more twisted motives, this one felt a little clichéd and unsatisfying.

However, the production values as always are top notch, with to die for scenery, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's grimness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, with some lush jauntiness and sometimes an ominous quality, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.

Meanwhile, the script is on the most part smart and thought-provoking with some nice humour, a melancholic air and a dark grimness. The ending wraps things up neatly, without going overboard in that factor.

John Nettles and Jason Hughes are both superb, individually and together (their chemistry, and the chemistry with Daniel Casey and John Hopkins before Hughes, being a huge part of their episodes' charm). Can't fault the supporting cast either.

Overall, pretty good without being great. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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