A group of conservationists object to the development of a pristine part of the village and adherents from both sides become victims of a mysterious killer.

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Norman Swanscombe
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Eleanor Swanscombe
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James Otley
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Liz Gerrard
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Maureen Stubbs
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Angela Lawrence
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Major David Walsh
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Clifford Bunting
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Fiona Conway
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Geoff Rogers
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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 don @ minifie-1

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12 January 2011 (UK)  »

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The tellers outside the polling station at the byelection are shown not only with party political leaflets but actually trying to hand them to voters. This would never be allowed under UK voting law. See more »

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The vet said he was raising Irukandji jellyfish to find a better way to put down horses. He pointed to a glowing blue thing about 5 cm across. They are red about the size of a cocktail onion. Further dying by Irukandji poison is about the most painful way imaginable to die. See more »

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DCI Tom Barnaby: Well, the cause of death seems obvious.
Dr. Bullard: If causes of death were *ever* obvious you wouldn't need me, would you?
DCI Tom Barnaby: Well, Dr. Bullard - I await the full results of your postmortem examination with anticipated delight, but - might you expedite our investigation by honoring us with a speculative hypothesis?
Dr. Bullard: Occlusion of the carotid artery leading to severe brain damage due to hypoxia... just a guess.
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No one wants a shopping mall
4 August 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a good Midsomer Murders, with some slimy characters.

In the village of Great Pelfe, conservationists are fighting a proposed development there, feeling it will destroy the integrity of the village. Some say it's a scam and will never be built; it will be proved too expensive and then the project will be bought out by a shopping mall development - which is a common way to get a mall into a village.

Maureen Stubbs is one of the most vocal opponents, and doesn't mind calling people names in public. She is found dead not long after the episode begins.

There are two more murders, the next two absolutely dreadful, as Barnaby and Jones hone in on the killer, knowing it has to do with this development and the fight going on in the village. Before it's over, they will discover a traitor to the conservationist cause, a lot of sleeping around, and someone who doesn't mind doing whatever has to be done to get a desired goal - including gruesome murders.

This one pulls out all the stops for ugly murders and a couple of loathsome characters and keeps one interested. The only problem I had was with the way Barnaby asked the questions. He sounded really sly and as if he doubted everything the person answered before he answered. It was a little strange.

A solid episode.


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