An elderly woman discovers an old painting in her house. It turns out to be a previously unknown painting by Hogson, a famous 18th century painter. It's sold at an auction for 400 000 pounds to a collector. The same night, the woman who found it is found murdered in her home. As more and more bodies turn up, Barnaby uncovers an art forging business among Midsomer's art society. Written by
Did You Know?
This episode was first shown in the UK as the third episode of series 12 after the actual episode 3 Midsomer Murders: Secrets and Spies
(2009). Although each episode is an individual story-line, it can be noticed that after being promoted to a plain-clothes Detective Constable in "Secrets and Spies" shown on ITV the week before, WPC Stephens, played by Kirsty Dillon
, in this episode she is back in regular police uniform again. See more
When Arlington finds the letter telling him to pay £2,000,000 for the incriminating Black Book, the words 'Leave the trolley at desk nine of the reading room...' are clearly visible. However, Barnaby and other characters all read 'desk three' when referring to the letter. See more
Can I help you, madam?
Oh, yes; hello. I'm so sorry to bother you, but I was just clearing out my loft when I found this.
[unwrapping a painting
I don't know how it got there, but it's rather nice.
I don't generally look at paintings found in people's lofts, madam. There are several house clearance firms locally if you'd like to try there.
Yes, I know. I'm so sorry, but it is rather nice. I've got no space on my walls, but I thought someone might like it.