A tailor dies of a heart attack. Two years later, his widow is murdered on her way to the vicarage. The vicar is murdered the same evening he receives a mysterious (unsigned) letter about love and sexual affairs.
Two years previously in the village of Milton Cross, a feudal estate owned by benevolent landlord Edward Milton, tailor Gerald Woodley died of a heart attack. Now his widow Sonia is keen to confess to the Reverend Morland that she did not call the ambulance immediately when her abusive husband collapsed but she is knocked unconscious and stabbed to death on the way to see him. It becomes apparent that she stumbled upon a deadly secret and when she passed this on to a second person they both became the victims of the made-to-measure murders. Written by
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Though I always enjoy John Nettles and whomever his current partner is, I have to admit that "The Made-to-Measure Murders" is an unholy mess, excuse the pun.
The story simply falls apart. A woman whose husband died two years earlier can't seem to get over it and is most anxious to go to confession. Then she is murdered. Barnaby and Jones investigate, attempting to find out what she was upset about. There is something mysterious about her husband's death by heart attack; her son and brother-in-law, who with her run a tailor's shop in the village, are questioned. Later, there is another murder.
The action takes place in one of the Midsomer villages, this one owned by one man, Milton, and most of the inhabitants are dependent upon this man for their jobs and land. It is a very church-oriented village, as Milton seems to drop strong hints that church is a way to stay on his good side.
The whole story makes no sense. The denouement has nothing to do with anything. What a disappointment. I hope all the later episodes aren't as bad as this one.
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