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In the village of Great Pelfe Maureen Stubbs from the Midsomer Conservation Society is stabbed to death after openly accusing builder Geoff Rogers and councillor James Otley of conspiring to ruin the look of the village by rushing through a plan to build modern housing. Supporters of the plan are targeted by a burglar. There is most definitely a scam being carried out behind the supposed housing development plan but is the murderer a supporter of the scam rubbing out all opposition or a dissenter,claiming Not in my Back Yard? Written by
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Midsomer Murders: Not in My Back Yard is set in the small Midsomer village of Great Pelfe where local resident & potential local councilor Norman Swanscombe (Peter Egan) is holding an open back yard party, however things turn nasty when Maureen Stubbs (Joan Blackham) from the Midsomer Conservation Society has a row with Swanscombe over his modern house & a development to build new housing on local land. Later that night Maureen Stubbs is stabbed to death & DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) is on the case, Maureen's death seems to be motivated by the planned housing development & her opposition to it but with several important people counting on it Barnaby has no shortage of suspects. That is until those planning the building work also start turning up dead...
Epsidoe seven from season thirteen this Midsomer Murders mystery was directed by Peter Smith & turned out to be John Nettles penultimate investigation before his character retires, to be fair to Not in My Back Yard I thought it was pretty good & better than a lot of the recent episodes. The title of this episode refers to a saying we have here in the UK Not in My Back Yard which is commonly abbreviated as NIMBY & therefore people are accused of bing NIMBY's, the theme of countryside development is an emotive issue & one which crops up in the media over here from time to time & now it's Midsomer Murders turn to highlight it. Of course the main aspect of Not in My Back Yard is the murder mystery which is quiet well done if a little familiar with various oddball character's, affairs, murder, blackmail & various red herrings. The motives for murder are plausible & it's not like no-one has ever been murdered for money & power but at the same time it does feel a bit routine, as usual there's a lot of exposition to sit through & take in but it does make reasonable sense at the end except maybe why the killer left Liz alive rather than kill her off despite the fact Liz could have named them but all in all Not in My Back Yard is fairly solid.
There's some imaginative murders in this one, a woman is stabbed in the back with a broken bottle, a guy has his neck broken by a faulty electronic door & someone is buried in concrete while in the back of his car. Although not gory the murders are quite memorable but the killer is never really given any reason or motive as to why they dispatch their victims so elaborately. Filmed in quaint English countryside locations this looks as nice as ever while the cast do a good job as always.
Not in My Back Yard is a watchable Midsomer Murders episode, it has a decent amount of kills & enough intrigue & mystery to keep one watching but I can't help but feel the series is going a little stale with recycled plots & character & locations. Fans of the show should enjoy this one.
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