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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A thick black electrical cable is seen on the floor of Swanscombe House, running through a doorway, along a baseboard, and across a stairway landing, visible just to the left of DCI Tom Barnaby as Liz Gerrard introduces herself to him (at around 4 mins). It appears that someone took great pains to try to make the cable as inconspicuous as possible. See more »
DCI Tom Barnaby:
Well, the cause of death seems obvious.
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?
Occlusion of the carotid artery leading to severe brain damage due to hypoxia... just a guess.
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Within minutes of this episode opening tempers flare at a garden party being held by a local developer; plenty of villagers don't think his modern house should have been built and certainly don't think he should be allowed to build further houses and business premises in the village. That night as one of the women who objected to him sneaks onto his property she is murdered by being stabbed repeatedly with a broken bottle, violent even for Midsomer! It soon becomes clear that many people there have their secrets and motives; the developer's house had been vandalised by the victim, the architect is blackmailing the builder and the builder is sleeping with a member of the planning committee for a start and there is also a former member of the special forces who is standing against the developer in a local election. This being Midsomer there isn't just one death and the second and third are even more grisly than the first. While waiting for the killer to be unmasked we have blackmail, burglary, betrayal, and more than one sexual indiscretion exposed, all of which muddies the waters as to who the killer will be.
This episode got off to a good start wasting no time in setting up and antagonistic situation, killing off one of the antagonists and setting up a variety of suspects and motivations. As usual the acting was good from both the regular cast and guest stars. The murders were suitably gruesome without being too shocking to watch, in fact the second wasn't too surprising; once we'd seen the malfunctioning door it was just a question of who and when it would kill somebody. If you are a fan of the series I'm sure you'll enjoy this episode and even if you haven't seen the series before this story is easy to follow.
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