The investigation into a 12-year old disappearance is revived, and Lynley gets involved since he is a friend of the victim's family.



(based on "Inspector Lynley Mysteries"),


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jacob Avery ...
Justin Oborne
Julia Oborne
Sam Oborne
Sergeant Mike McCaffrey
Vivienne Oborne
Nicholas Brown ...
Oliver Oborne
Conrad McCaffrey
Sam Cox ...
Greg Sullivan
Alex Argenti ...
Hotel Manageress
DV Andy Vedder
DS Michelle Tate
Christine Faraday


Lynley is at a birthday party for the young son of some friends when the boy disappears. Twelve years later the boy's corpse is found and Lynley travels to Rome to accompany the dead boy's sister back to England for the funeral. However, the past seems to haunt her, and a break-in at her apartment leads Lynley to suspect that the 12-year old crime is still reverberating through the victim's family. At the same time, Lynley is also dealing with the death of Helen -- and not too well, tending to drown his sorrows rather than deal with the loss. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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During the chase in Rome the burglar escapes during an interior scene - which was shot in the Old Bailey in London. English in a wall mural is quite clearly visible at the top of screen. See more »

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Mystery but horrible killings
22 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young boy is missing during his birthday party. Lynley is in this episode, he is off on compassionate leave because he saw his wife killed in the previous episode and has become an alcoholic.

12 years later the young boy Justin's body is found. Family members are suspected. As in all these episodes there are many suspects like a man that has cancer and a baby sitter, The boy comes from a well to do family that lives in a big house.

This story is horrible, a skeleton of a young body is found, a dead woman who they think committed suicide and a woman's body in the woods all bloody. It shows how when people think they are doing good make bad decisions and sometimes leads to the death of someone else.

The story and conclusions are too dragged out though interesting. It is not like Agatha Christie where everyone that is a suspect ends up in the same room and then the murderer and events are brought to light. I am drained by the time the episode is over.

In this series Lynley and Havers are constantly traveling, chasing suspects, going to different houses together or separate. The thing I do not understand it that they don't carry a gun. They only have handcuffs and when they corner a person that they just chased up and down stairs, in and out of buildings they tell the person to stand against the wall with their hands up so they can frisk them and handcuff them. Picture this - Havers a female Detective Sergeant, confronting a male murderer. The criminal puts up his hands while she tries to see if he has a weapon and he hits her. He knows they don't carry guns.

They used the word "Christ" in this episode 3 times like a swearing word and that bothers me. It was not like this in other episodes. There were previous episodes one was "The Word of God" and "In the Blink of an Eye" where the writers and actors showed respect for Muslims and sympathy. Where is the respect for Christianity? Writers are not respectful when it comes to religions like Christianity and the Jewish religion. I don't think any religion should be attacked and I don't think any religion should be preferred or story line shown biased in the stories.

Anyway there is a lot of action and different type stories in the BBC mysteries.

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