During a local eclipse of the sun, Jeremy Harper, one of a group of amateur astronomers, is killed on Moonstone Ridge by a blow to the head with a meteorite. Jeremy had rowed with Laurence Janson, head of the university observatory over plans to extend the observatory onto the ridge but was unaware of his wife Catrina's affair with Janson. Local clairvoyant Mags Dormer had warned Jeremy of impending disaster and tells Barnaby that Moonstone Ridge is cursed, since Catrina's sister Mary, wife of pharmacist Harry Dutta, also died there some years earlier. Then other murders occur, of members of the group who were opposed to Janson's plans but had also made a discovery of their own, leading to a resolution of the case written in the stars. Written by
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Did You Know?
Character Mags Dormer's nickname "Mystic Mags" is a reference to Mystic Meg
(aka Margaret Lake) who was briefly famous in the mid 1990s when she used to appear on The National Lottery
(1994), foretelling who might win money on the lottery. See more
When Adrian Sharp first speaks to Barnaby at the observatory, he says that the probable fate of Earth will be to be sucked into a black hole. In fact, it is universally accepted by astronomers that Earth will be swallowed up as the sun expands into a red giant in about five billion years' time. See more
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