Cully is finally getting married and Tom Barnaby is anxious to keep costs down as Joyce brings in a camp wedding planner. More dramatic is the union between aristocrat Ned Fitzroy and Beth Porteous when maid of honour Marina is found skewered to a wardrobe in one of the bedrooms. The Fitzroy family's lordly attitude does not help the investigation and then estate manager Robin Lawson and old family servant Peggy are both murdered. Barnaby discovers that both were aware of a sinister Fitzroy family secret, culminating in the events of the blood wedding. Written by
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For some reason, I've always been partial to Barnaby's (John Nettles) old partner Troy, who appears in this episode. Great to see him.
"Blood Wedding" is a very good Midsomer Murders from 2008, as Barnaby's family is always a nice element in the show. His daughter, aspiring actress Cully (Laura Howard) is getting married, and if anything can go wrong, it will: the caterer goes out of business, the honeymoon is delayed and Cully is upset about it and stops taking her fiancée's calls, Barnaby forgets to pick up the order of service at the printers, etc.
There's another wedding, too, on a posh estate owned by the very wealthy and prestigious Fitzroy family. Things really go wrong there when the maid of honor is murdered. Barnaby and Jones (Jason Hughes) have a hard time questioning the Fitzroys. They're pompous people, believing the law doesn't apply to them, and very uncooperative. However, the detective team learns that the Maid of Honor had been involved with the groom at one point. Then there are two other murders. A photo soon leads Barnaby to a long-ago happening that has now resulted in three murders.
Though the reason for these murders is easy to figure out, ferreting out the murderer and the twists and turns of the family make for interesting watching. Two families - Barnaby's loving one, trying to cope with last minute crises, and the Fitzroy's screaming dysfunctionals, with decades of problems behind them.
And then what a treat - Troy! Very good entry into the series.
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