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
Inspector Thomas Lynley
Sergeant Mike McCaffrey
Vivienne Oborne
Sergeant Barbara Havers
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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11 November 2007 (UK)  »

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1.78 : 1
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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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Lynley drawn into a murder case
7 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

It's the second last show of the entire series, and we find Inspector Thomas Lynley turning to booze to cope with the death of his wife, Helen. He has to pull out of it soon enough, though.

"Limbo" actually begins 12 years earlier, when Lynley's young godson goes missing during a party and is never seen again. Shift to the present, and the boy's skeleton is found in a drain that has been covered with bricks. The family asks Lynley to go to Italy and see if he can encourage the boy's sister to return. Lynley ends up having sex with her, and the next morning, he is arrested for her murder when she's found dead on the pavement below.

DC Michelle Tate (Geraldine Summerville) is looking only at Lynley for the murder, doubly suspicious of him because he's a detective. So it falls to him and to Havers to solve the murder - fast.

This is a pretty good episode with plenty of suspects and intrigue. There are a couple of plot holes, but thanks to the actors, it still works. Geraldine Summerville is very good as a no-nonsense DC who thinks Lynley looks good for the murder. Nathaniel Parker and Sharon Small are wonderful as she tries to goad him out of his misery.


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