Joyce talks Barnaby into enrolling in a spa located in a remodeled manor house but the bodies start to pile up when he's there.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Wymark ...
Miranda Bedford
Luke Archbold
Phoebe Archbold
Julian Woodley
Sally Giles ...
Natasha Fox
Angus Barnett ...
Kenny Pottinger
Kitty Pottinger
Carter Smith


Barnaby accompanies Joyce to Swaveley Manor health spa,run by fussy Luke Archbold and his wife Phoebe.Luke is in a right of way dispute with Phoebe's former best friend,Miranda Bedford,who has written a novel,and her volatile handyman Carter Smith. Demanding guest Kitty Pottinger is found drowned in the flotation chamber and soon afterwards Luke is killed by a faulty weights machine. The spa faces closure and evidence points to Carter having killed Luke,though Barnaby believes he was framed. Kitty's husband Kenny disappears but is found,having survived an attempt on his life. Before Barnaby retires,handing over to his cousin John,he has exposed a fake medium and discovered that the killer had dual motives - hatred for the Pottingers and a need to stop Miranda 's book being published - both instances being fit for murder. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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2 February 2011 (UK)  »

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This was the final episode that DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) appeared in. See more »


Clarky: What'll it be?
DCI Tom Barnaby: Well, what do you recommend?
Clarky: You have the look, sir, of an escapee from the Manor Spa.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Yeah, well, that's exactly what I am.
Clarky: Then I advise a pint of Old Curmudgeon; five point one ABV, and it'll bring down a soya bean at two hundred yards.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Oh, that sounds perfect.
Clarky: And if you're peckish, we do a *Re*-tox menu.
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The end of an era
2 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

With DCI Barnaby approaching his birthday and a police medical he is feeling more than a little stressed and it doesn't help when Joyce drags him off to a health resort to de-stress. Of course he has only been there one night when a body is found and all of a sudden he seems much better; although Joyce isn't so happy as she was the one to find the body. Initially it is thought that the victim probably drowned while using a floatation therapy room whilst drunk but it is clear that something isn't quite right at the centre. There is bad feeling between the owner and the woman living next door, her 'handyman' also has a temper on him which has lead to a recent fight and the victim's spouse has departed in the middle of the night; perhaps fleeing the scene of the crime, perhaps another victim. Before long there is another death at the centre when a weight machine is tampered with leading to more suspicions being cast on the handyman.

This was a fun episode with plenty of laughs as well as the sort of mystery fans of the series will have come to expect; after the initial murder there are lots of suspects and an equally large range of motives and when the killer is revealed it wasn't somebody I'd suspected! John Nettles was excellent as always in the role of DCI Barnaby and it was nice to see Laura Howard return as his daughter Cully even if she only had a small part in this story. I suspect most viewers will have heard about the departure of a main character but just in case they haven't I won't spoil it here; I'll just say that it was well handled and introduced the replacement character in a suitable fashion.

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