DCI Barnaby and DS Nelson investigate the fatal stabbing of a man with an antique sword during a ghost-hunting party at a 'haunted' manor house.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tamzin Malleson ...
Simon Fergus-Johnson
Tabby Fergus-Johnson
Pippa Fergus-Johnson
Valerie Fergus-Johnson
Ollie Tabori
Brendan Pearce
Libs Pearce
Susie Trayling ...
Mel Bridgeman
Jonah Russell ...
Conor Bridgeman
Felicity Hearn
Dev Kardek


With Ben Jones promoted to inspector in Brighton, Barnaby is joined by new sergeant Charlie Nelson, to investigate the murder of Conor Bridgeman during a ghost hunt at a house in Morton Shallows. Though married, Conor was using the hunt as a cover to meet his girlfriend, had fallen out with the impoverished owner of the house, Simon Fergus-Johnson, who had refused to sell it to him and was disliked by local historian Brendan Pierce, whose daughter Bridgeman had seduced. Whilst the murderer is clearly human, mysterious pamphlets circulate the village, warning not to disturb the spirits, who will wreak revenge, and a second ghost hunt leads to another murder, that of pub landlord Ross Clymer, lover of Simon's wife and enemy of army deserter Ollie Tabori, the former boyfriend of Simon's put upon sister Valerie. Ultimately Barnaby discovers the reasons for the slayings are family based, using for their cover the superstitions surrounding the Christmas hauntings. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Introducing DS Nelson
24 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Christmas in Midsomer is not a time of peace and good will it is a time of murder and mistrust. The episode opens with a group assembling in a supposedly haunted house; as they walk around a couple leave the group in order to have a private moment alone. While doing this they are disturbed by a noise in the neighbouring room and the woman runs off and the man investigates… the next thing we know he has been run through with an antique sword. Barnaby is soon on the scene and as well as investigating the murder he meets his new partner, DS Charlie Nelson, for the first time. Inevitably there are plenty of suspects: the man's wife, somebody who is posting leaflets objecting to the ghost walks and the local publican who believes his pub is the only truly haunted site in the village are just a few possible killers. There is also a new addition expected to the Barnaby household as Sarah Barnaby is heavily pregnant… they just and to think of a better name than 'Bump' for the baby.

Anybody who is used to Midsomer Murders will know what to expect and fans are unlikely to be disappointed. There are less murders than usual but that doesn't matter as the mystery was enjoyable. Just about everybody is a possible suspect including a few well-known actors and they all seem to have different motives. Thankfully despite the ghost story nobody that matters thinks there was anything supernatural about the murder… that would be too corny. As well as providing a mystery this also served to introduce DS Jones' replacement DS Nelson, played by Gwilym Lee; it is too soon to judge this character but he is quite different to Jones which is probably a good thing. There are plenty of chuckles to be had as the case progresses and Nelson learns his boss's ways. There are of course some expected clichés too… does it ever not snow during a TV Christmas special even though white Christmases are pretty rare in England?! Still that didn't stop it being enjoyable.

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