When a man who's been missing for two weeks is found dead in the woods near Midsomer, Barnaby finds connections between him and a magazine editor known for his killing reviews of local hotels and restaurants.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Guy Sandys
Julia Benson
Eleanor Crouch
David Crow ...
Garth Platt
Gemma Platt
Thomas Lockyer ...
Matt Morecroft
Martin Reid
Serena Gordon ...
Christina Finleyson


Christina Finleyson's ex-husband, who left Midsomer for London years earlier, is found dead in his car in woods at the back of Christina's house. Enquiries lead to the hotel where Christina's brother Martin is head barman and where a mystery man booked in with an appointment to see Guy Sandys, editor of the glossy 'Midsomer Life' magazine. Sandys is found stabbed to death after expecting to receive an envelope and when alcoholic hotel housekeeper Eleanor Crouch voices her suspicions about the mystery guest she ends up dead in a tumble dryer. Barnaby discovers that years earlier a miscarriage of justice had been perpetrated which only now certain people are aiming to rectify and which the original criminal is anxious to keep secret, striking at the heart of Midsomer life. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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13 July 2008 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Jones tells Barnaby that Tomlin's car is found at Waterloo Station & they think he's taken the Eurostar to Paris. This episode aired in May 2008 and at that time, the Eurostar was no longer leaving from Waterloo - it was leaving from St. Pancras. See more »


The actor who plays Brad has a large bump on the right side of his forehead. However, in an early scene in which he discovers a body in a car, the bump shifts over to the left side just before he faints. See more »


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Charlie Finleyson: Hell!
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References An American Werewolf in London (1981) See more »

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good episode
7 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Did a professional hit man kill Charles Finlayson? He's found dead in his car behind his ex-wife Christine Finleyson's house, and there's a strange man who has booked a room at the hotel. A hit man, perhaps? Finleyson has been dead for about two weeks. Christine's brother works at the hotel behind the bar. The mystery man had an appointment to see Guy Sandys, editor of the magazine Midsomer Life. Sandys is also found dead. Suspects galore - he writes scathing restaurant reviews, and the hotel is about to get a rotten one, which could close them down.

It's not over yet, and Barnaby and Jones wonder if the murders are connected at all. Some secrets are uncovered, and, as usual, an event from some years ago serves as a catalyst for the present day. It takes time to sort through it.

This time, Barnaby's wife Joyce gets involved in the case as well.

I liked this episode. With so many seasons, there are some terrible episodes, some excellent ones, and some that are good if not great. This one is good. Just my opinion.

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