When the landlord of Wyvern House meets a brutal and untimely death in his own woods, many aspersions are cast.



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Clive Wood ...
Camilla Strickland
Neil McCaul ...
Martin Strickland


After hearing shots in the night, 60s model turned herbalist Lizzy Thornfield discovers the body of Martin Strickland. The wealthy Midsomer Wyvern landowner has been tied to a tree and mauled to death. Martin's second wife Camilla tells Barnaby that he had fallen out with the tenants of Wyvern House, his former family home, now a restaurant run by tyrannical celebrity chef Ruth Cameron and her husband Johnny Linklater. Martin was also angry about £10,000 worth of truffles stolen from his land. The dead man's last phone call was to Angela Linklater, landlady of the Stag & Huntsman and ex-wife of Johnny - she's also his lover. Camilla put up with the affair, but she is very angry to learn Martin left his substantial estate to his daughter Amy, ambitious commis-chef at Wyvern House. The police confiscate shotguns from farmhand Jamie Weston but the post mortem reveals that Martin was covered in truffle oil and eaten alive by wild boar. Ruth's protégé and whipping boy Nick Iver, sous chef ... Written by Adam Taylor

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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29 January 2014 (UK)  »

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The victim would not have been "eaten by wild boar" as it is the females that are sexually attracted to truffles, so it would have been wild sows that would have attacked him. See more »


[last lines]
DS Charlie Nelson: Hey, got the report back on Ferdy's magic mushrooms, by the way. They weren't the hallucinogenic type. You could smoke them, eat them on toast, cook them in an omelet; they'd have had no effect.
DCI John Barnaby: Not so magic after all, then.
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Divorce, inheritance, jealousy
25 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is with the new Barnaby/Neil Dudgeon cousin to the old one.

A man is found dead in the woods tied to a tree. It appears he was eaten by an animal.

The story has a lot of subjects you would not think causes problems. 1. Jealousy between chefs, 2. Stealing mushrooms , 3. Poaching, 4. X-mates and kids

Many things happen in this episode and there is humor as well. It is not so tense that you need a break from watching it. Barnaby's wife is pregnant and Sikes their dog won't eat from his new bowel.

There are past histories between the characters and they hold grudges against each other. Two people die and many people are suspect.

Confession and forgiveness of a past event may have played a part in a nice ending.

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