When King's family enterprise shatters into pieces and its accountant winds up stabbed, Barnaby digs into rivalries of business and blood-while Jones explores secret Masonic rites.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Jack Tewson
Peter Baxter
James Taylor
Ian King
Susan Tracy ...
Hilary King
Sophie Baxter
David Monroe
David Henry ...
Hugh Sachs ...
Harold Bumstead


King's Crystal, a glassware factory in Midsomer Magna, faces ruin following the death of its co-owner Alan King. His widow, Hilary, angers her son Ian by marrying Alan's brother Charles, and rumours circulate that Charles and accountant Peter Baxter embezzled funds. When Peter is stabbed to death with a Masonic dagger and Ian starts behaving strangely after finding his father's sketchbook, Barnaby is called. But the answer lies in Cully's new production. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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26 January 2007 (UK)  »

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This episode is a pastiche of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The references pile up through out the episode. A son is angry because his mother married his uncle a few months after his father's death. Cully is in a local production of the play. See more »


Alan King's gravestone gave his date of birth as 1945 but the plaque for the theatre gave it as 1946. See more »


[last lines]
DS Ben Jones: I appreciated your trust over the Mason's thing.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Well, trust, Jones, is something hard to win, easy to lose, and never to be taken lightly.
DS Ben Jones: William Shakespeare, sir?
DCI Tom Barnaby: No. Thomas Barnaby.
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Murder and Masonic Rituals
11 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode had lost of things in it.

It starts off with a group of men meeting in China and Alan King dies in a car accident. They are involved in King's Crystal a business that makes items of glass.

Six months later Hilary King marries her husbands brother Charles King. Ian, Hilary's son does not like his uncle/stepfather Charles. He also believes he had something to do with his father's death.

At the wedding of Hilary and Charles a group of protesters from the factory show up. They are mad because the factory is going to open up in China and have the products made there. The former employees are getting cheated on money they should get and things like pensions. They feel a man named Baxter that is an accountant was embezzling money owed them.

This group of businessmen are Masons. They meet and have rituals. Ian the son is not a Mason but he becomes one in order to get closer to his stepfather. Ian gets initiated and they show the ritual. It is said in this episode the Masons are not a secret society but are full of secrets.

So this in interesting in many aspects. One is murder, then closing a business causing the loss of jobs and routing them to China, Masonic rituals and secrets pledges. Barnaby's daughter Cully is also in a play in Midsomer which helps Barnaby get incites into the case he is investigating.

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