Barnaby investigates a murder of a former friend and colleague in Midsomer Holm, a small village inhabited by reformed ex-cons.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pip Donaghy ...
Jack Colby
Gina Colby
Lord Holm
Ronnie Tyler
Nigel Harrison ...
Eddie Marston
Lionel Poulter
Philip Bond ...
Dr Wyatt
Keith Drinkel ...
Tommy Crinney
Marcia Warren ...
Melissa Shrike


Lord Holm, an aristocrat who once served a prison sentence for killing his sluttish wife, has turned his home into a rehabilitation centre for other ex-offenders. Gina and Jack Colby, married ex-police officers, assist him, Jack as administrator and Gina as a counsellor. Jack has expressed concerns over the hostel's financial situation shortly before he is murdered. Eddie Marston, a new arrival at the hostel, over whose admittance Tom Barnaby has had misgivings, goes missing, and the local postman, a disgraced former policeman, tells Tom that he has been blackmailing Jack over information given him by Marston when they were cell-mates. Also in the frame is the bad-tempered local inn-keeper, whose neglected wife had been using Jack as a confidant. Nothing is ever simple when investigating a Midsomer murder even one of death in a chocolate box. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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17 May 2008 (UK)  »

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27 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I didn't see the bad review the posters are alluding to - guess I missed it - but I liked this episode just fine.

The story concerns Lord Holm, who once served a prison sentence for killing his wife. His home is now a rehab center, I guess we might call it a halfway house here, for ex-offenders.

The center is run by two ex-police officers, Gina and Jack Colby. Barnaby once worked with Jack and they were close friends; however, Jack left the department in disgrace, and he is unwilling to talk to Barnaby. His wife, Gina, who had a wonderful career in law enforcement, left it as well.

When Barnaby sees that one Eddie Marston is coming to the house, he becomes concerned, as Eddie is trouble. Then Jack is found dead and Eddie is missing.

In his quest to find the killer, Barnaby discovers blackmail, a possible affair, and some unsettling things from the past.

I thought this was a fine episode, very involving. It's another sad one, though, and sad in a way for Barnaby as well.

Definitely recommended.

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