"New Tricks" Meat Is Murder (TV Episode 2009) - Plot Summary Poster

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  • Thirty-three years after the corpse of Dr. Simon Lockhart was found in his butcher's shop at Smithfield the body of Harry Eldridge is discovered - cut into pieces. The doctor used to gamble with Harry and other butchers - now all retired - and Jack discovers from the Lestade brothers, butchers who are Gerry's cousins, that Gerry and other butchers were in the financial clutches of gangster Danny Paye, now in a care home. Brian learns that the doctor performed illegal abortions - anathema to strict Catholic Eldridge - but Sandra gets the biggest shock on finding that she has an illegitimate half-brother, who was adopted by Eldridge's widow, Julia. Unfortunately his DNA is all over Harry's corpse.

  • UCOS re-opens a murder case from 1976. Dr. Simon Lockhart who was found beaten and hanging from a meat hook in the market just a few blocks from where he worked at St. Barts hospital. The suspected murderer was Harry Eldridge who disappeared about the time of the murder. His remains have now been found and identified so it's doubtful he's the killer. It turns out that most of Gerry Standing's family is in the meat trade and his fellow UCOS learn quite a bit about him, to their delight. The case however gets messy when Sandra learns that Gerry may not have told them everything about his involvement with gamblers and loan sharks, now believed to have been involved in the killing. The case is far more complex however and becomes very personal for Sandra when DNA found on Eldridge's partially matches her own.


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