When an Oxford housewife is found hanged in her home, Lewis and Hathaway unearth a far darker murder case than the initial suicide verdict suggests.

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In spite of Chief Superintendent Innocent's orders to the contrary, DI Lewis continues to investigate the supposed suicide of housewife Rachel Mallory. Regardless of the replacement coroner's findings, Lewis simply cannot find a single reason why the attractive woman would take her own life. She was married to a successful optometrist, Hugh Mallory, had two lovely children and a good circle of friends. As Lewis and Hathaway dig deeper into the case they obtain two important pieces of information. The first is that Hugh and Rachel weren't married but actually part of a wife swap that occurred some years before with Hugh's business partner. The second comes from a eccentric Oxford professor who promises the police an important piece of information in return for a favor. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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6 July 2008 (USA)  »

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| (dvd release) | (11 episodes)

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Laurence Fox and James Wilby were also in Gosford Park together. See more »

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[Lewis is questioning Le Plassiter who is barely conscious and very close to death]
DI Robert Lewis: Don't pretend to be dead: it's bad manners and it won't work!
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Inspector Lewis Main Theme
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Written by Barrington Pheloung
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lots of twists and turns in this one
10 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Expiation" is a really excellent mystery in the Inspector Lewis series. When a woman is found hanged in her home, it's called a suicide, but is it? The investigation leads Lewis to a mysterious woman, homosexuality, wife swapping, and an old murder.

The connection between Hathaway and Lewis is very strong in this, and brings some humor to the episode, particularly when they are being admonished in front of their commander.

This one will keep you guessing and interested for the entire episode. I am really enjoying this series immensely.

Highly recommended.


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