Tom Barnaby joins the Causton Chamber of Commerce trip to Brighton as he is suspicious of dodgy mayor Hicks' plan to buy coastal land on which to build chalets. Also opposed to the plan is Lady Matilda William, who has received threatening letters, as have the local vicar, oily property developer Hugh Dalgleish and hotelier Jenny Russell. Lady Matilda is descended from Richard of Guillaume, a ruthless contemporary of William the Conqueror. She believes that her son Richard, last of the line and brain-damaged for twenty years, was the victim of ancestral jealousy. In Brighton Dalgleish is murdered with a sword stolen from Guillaume's tomb and Hicks is arrested for fraud. Having learnt how Richard came by his accident Barnaby is convinced that Richard and not the property scam is the cause of yet another victim being claimed by the sword of Guillaume. Written by
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Did You Know?
When Tom Barnaby first visits Jenny, it is beside the filming location of "Pie in the Sky". See more
When Bill sees Jenny's decapitated head on the dresser, it is smiling. Later in flashback when we see her murder, she has a look of horror when she is beheaded. See more
Hello, Marcia. Lady Bracknell at home, is she?
I believe Matilda's expecting you.
Jolly good. You be careful. Don't crack a smile or anything.
References 2001: A Space Odyssey
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