Emily Hammond is killed in her flat by a fetishist who makes up and wigs her corpse,the slaying recalling the murders thirty years earlier by a serial killer the Shoreditch Creeper,who had ... See full summary »

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Emily Hammond is killed in her flat by a fetishist who makes up and wigs her corpse,the slaying recalling the murders thirty years earlier by a serial killer the Shoreditch Creeper,who had connections with Emily's house. At the same time Ripley is introduced by embittered Erin Gray to creepy,'unretired' superintendent Stark, anxious to nail Luther for killing people who eluded justice and taking the law into his own hands. Stark and Gray put a wire on Ripley as he and Luther investigate the apparently ritual murder of obscene Internet troll Jared Cass. Prime suspect is Ken Barnaby, who was plagued by Cass with taunts over his dead daughter but Luther feels sorry for him,warning him of likely arrest which spurs Ken to take extreme action. Luther finds romance with Mary Day after they literally bump into each other in a traffic prang but the killer strikes again,murdering Dani Lane, who was Emily's baby-sitter in the 1980s, and her husband. Written by don @ minifie-1

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DSU George Stark: DCI Luther will be taking on a case of a waste of semen called Jared Cass.
DS Justin Ripley: It was you. You had him assigned to the Jared Cass murder.
DSU George Stark: I want to know exactly how he handles that investigation. And I mean every move by move, breath by breath. If he breaks the law, I want his head on a stick.
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Written by Robert del Naja, Grant Marshall, Hope Sandoval, Daniel Jonathan Brown and Stewart Neville Jackson
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A welcome return for DCI Luther
2 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Soon after series three begins protagonist DCI Luther is on not one but two murder cases; the first is of a woman who was killed in her home and her body posed in a way that suggested a fetish of some sort and the second victim is a man who spent his time on line sending hateful messages to the parents of a girl who died. Understandably it is the first case the Luther thinks is the priority. To complicate matters further his partner, DS Ripley has been approached by a CIB officer because she thinks Luther is involved in the murder of a series of unpleasant suspects. With Ripley now wearing a wire it doesn't look good for Luther when he dangles a suspect from near the top of a high rise tower block!

This was a good opening to the series although it might seem a little confusing to people who haven't seen previous series as no time is wasted introducing the characters. It is a bit over the top at times but that is part of the fun and Idris Elba is great in the title role; making Luther's excessive actions seem extreme. We are soon shown who the killer is so this isn't a mystery; that doesn't stop it being exciting though as we still have no idea how it will end for Luther; will he arrest the killer or will the killer be added to the growing number of suspects who have died during Luther's investigations. In a side story Luther appears to be getting involved with a woman who crashed into him; whether this is leading to romance or to something sinister remains to be seen. One warning about this episode; it is rather wince inducing; I had to close my eyes in the scene involving the blender… I don't know how much was shown but there was a lot of blood splattered everywhere when I opened my eyes again!


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