Midsomer Murders: Season 12, Episode 6

The Creeper (27 Jan. 2010)

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A cat burglar named "The Creeper" is breaking into the estates of Causton, and an alcoholic writer threatening a "tell-all" book about his friends turns up dead.

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DCI Barnaby finds himself in charge of investigating The Creeper, a man who has been entering peoples homes in the dead of night, after the Chief Constable becomes the latest victim. It all becomes more serious when after one of the burglaries, a man is found dead in his bed. The dead man is David roper, a ghostwriter by profession who was staying with the Chettam family. They had spent the previous evening at the home of Jack Filby who now owned the Chettham estate forcing the family to live in the dower house. Filby and roper had a very loud argument after dinner with Roper, a reformed alcoholic, storming out of the house with a bottle of brandy in hand. He made it back to the dower house and was put to bed. The mystery grows when a second attendee at the same dinner is murdered and the Creeper visits the Barnabys in the dead of night, not to steal anything but to leave behind two clues. The discovery of a Chettham family secret, the second death and a bit of DNA testing not only ... Written by garykmcd

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CC Richard Lovell: [to the cat] Go on.
[opens door]
CC Richard Lovell: Out you go.
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One of the worst episodes in a usually-good series
19 July 2015 | by (Rockwall, Texas) – See all my reviews

I have become somewhat of a fan of Midsomer Murders, but in any series this long, it's inevitable that a few bad shows creep in among the good. I'm sorry to report that "The Creeper" is one of the worst.

DCI Barnaby behaves out of character, "forgiving" a criminal on his own recognizance (in previous episodes, he has been quite normal, for a policeman, in his attitude towards the unlawful). The mystery itself was not well portrayed. I mean, I do not always guess the killer (I'd say I have a scoring rate of about 25-40%), but this time I had to roll my eyes and say "oh, come on! THAT was hardly fair." I kept feeling that the screenwriter was fixated on some hobbyhorse I couldn't understand, rather than just giving us a fun murder.

If this was the first episode I'd ever seen, I don't know if I would have stuck around for more. Maybe, because I wouldn't have known how wrongly Barnabay was displayed. But now I know and love Barnaby, and this wasn't him.


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