As groundbreaking begins on a rock quarry in the moorlands, a local woman who had opposed the construction is found murdered.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Carling ...
Bev MacDonald
Amy Cudden ...
Grace Bishop
Daniel Flynn ...
Godfrey Waugh
Jane Holman ...
Bella Furness
Edmund Fulwell
Jack McBride ...
Dougie Furness
Jon Morrison ...
Daniela Nardini ...
Anne Preece
Skyla Pearce ...
May Waugh
Susie Trayling ...
Barbara Waugh


Bella Furness is lured into a barn and murdered. Her body is found by environmentalist Anne Preece, who is researching reasons to prevent a quarry being dug nearby for a company headed by Godfrey Waugh, whom Vera discovers is having an affair with Anne. Bella opposed the quarry too but, with her death, her stepson Neville, whose business is failing, can sell the house. Bev McDonald is another suspect, as she blames Bella for the disappearance of her little son Lee twelve years earlier, though Bella's husband, Dougie, now a stroke victim, gave her an alibi. Vera learns from Dougie that Bella was about to change her mind and sell her house to Waugh, putting her at odds with reclusive fellow campaigner Edmund Fulwell, who has a secret of his own. Parent-child relationships hold the key to unlocking what becomes a double murder, as well as discovering the fate of Lee McDonald. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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15 May 2011 (UK)  »

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good, but always that air of sadness
28 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bella Furness isn't killed by a person -- she's murdered by crows she comes upon in her barn, but they're not there when Vera investigates.

Furness' body is found by an environmental investigator, Anne Preece, who is looking into whether or not there are any problems prohibiting building a quarry. The company that wants the quarry is run by Godfrey Waugh, who turns out to be having an affair with Anne. Conflict of interest, maybe? Bella didn't want the quarry but now her heirs are poised to sell for big bucks. So they are suspects, along with Godfrey and maybe Anne.

Then there's Bev MacDonald, who is nearly insane with the disappearance of her child 12 years earlier, for which she blames the victim even though she had an alibi.

Then Vera finds out that Bella had actually decided to sell, which means that someone opposed to it with her, Edmund Fulwell, is now a subject.

Soon there's another murder, and Vera wades her way through this melange of suspects and motives.

Brenda Blethyn is a marvel as Vera, a sad woman, having lost her father, and a solitary one. And in her world, sad souls are more common than happy ones. Blethyn matches the stark terrain of the area, the houses in the middle of nowhere, and a kind of brooding atmosphere.

Really excellent series with great cases.

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