Barnaby's wife Sarah arrives to take up her job as a head mistress at Causton School. Officious social worker Gerry Dawkins has an awkward encounter with an artists' colony run by horse whisperer Maggie Viviani after a fruitless visit to elderly recluses William and Mary Bingham. Two days later his corpse is fished from a river. Through the offices of their bitchy daughter, stable owner Selina Stanton and her roguish husband Eddie, a prospective Euro M.P. Barnaby visits Mr. and Mrs. Bingham, who are hospitable but vague. Mary however furtively asks him to return to see her but is killed soon after. Thirty-five years earlier the Binghams' son and daughter, Robin and Jennifer, died when their car plunged into a river. Robin's body was recovered but Jennifer was never found and has forged a new identity for herself, reuniting her with Selena. Once more Jones comes to Barnaby's rescue when he confronts a killer whose family, unsurprisingly for Midsomer, has dark secrets.- Written by don @ minifie-1
When he tries to see William and Mary Bingham, county social services officer Gerry Dawkins is promptly thrown off the property by the Bingham's daughter Selena and her husband Eddie Stanton. The same day, he visits a local artists colony where he asks the residents to register with the local authority. They welcome him by gently tossing him in a nearby duck pond. The fastidious Dawkins complains to the police and as a result DCI John Barnaby and DS Jones visit both the artists' colony and the Binghams. They have a murder to investigate when, two days later, Dawkins is found floating face down in the river. After learning a good deal of village gossip, Barnaby looks for the medical report into the death of Robin and Jennifer Bingham over 30 years ago. He finds there is no autopsy report on Jennifer as her body was never found. He believes she is still alive but there will be another death before he ties it all together.- Written by garykmcd
The reclusive lives of an elderly eccentric couple come under police scrutiny when a social services investigator is murdered.- Written by Anonymous
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