Vera investigates the mysterious death of a pensioner on a busy commuter train.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Morrison ...
DC Rebecca Shepherd
Kate Darrow
Stuart Bayliss
William Rush ...
Ryan Darrow
Olivia Jack ...
Chloe Darrow
Malcolm Kenrich
Sean McKenzie ...
George Everitt
Tilly Vosburgh ...
Dee Sinton
Valerie Furlow
Annabel Leventon ...
Margaret Kraszewski


Joe and his little girl Jessie are on a train when Jessie notices that another passenger, elderly Margaret Kraszewski, has been killed with a single stab wound. Vera visits the coastal town of Mardle, where Margaret lodged with singer Kate Darrow, her two children and boyfriend Stuart. They all praise Margaret as an almost saintly woman and are amazed that anybody would want to kill her. Margaret volunteered at a women's hostel and when Dee, an alcoholic prostitute who lived there, is also found dead Vera suspects a connection, especially as Margaret wanted to report something to the police just before she died. Pub landlady Valerie Furlow tells Vera that Margaret and Dee were good friends who once lived together in the same house on Harbour Street. She believes that Margaret's Polish husband was violent to her and, as he disappeared suddenly thirty years ago, Vera wonders if he was murdered. The chief beneficiary from Margaret's will proves to be Dee and Vera learns that years ago ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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27 April 2014 (UK)  »

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murder on a train
15 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Joe Ashworth, Vera's partner, and his daughter Jessie (Olivia Armstrong) board a train in "On Harbour Street," from "Vera" to begin its fourth season.

I just learned that Joe (David Leon) is not returning next season. It's such a great partnership, I hope the series doesn't suffer.

In this episode, an elderly woman boards a train and looks over at Ashworth's daughter, Jessie. She sits down. When Joe and Jessie leave the train, Jessie notices the lady is still there, seemingly asleep, and asks if she can wake her up. Joe says okay. When Jessie tries, she sees a bloody wound and screams. The woman is dead.

Very interesting episode as Vera and Joe endeavor to find out why anyone would want to kill this old lady, whom they learn is named Margaret. It turns out that she has quite a past, and also a friendship with another woman, Dee (Tilly Vosburgh), an alcoholic Margaret helps.

There's the discovery of a body, there's another murder, and an old mystery solved as Vera and Joe dig deeper.

Joe probably leaves for family reasons - his wife calls him upset because he's apparently forgotten about a counseling session for one of their children. Unlike Vera, he has a life outside of the department.

Very seemed more cheerful in this, as if she's lightening up. I think losing Joe will be very sad for her, as she seems fond of his family as well. Brenda Blethyn is wonderful as Vera, with her sly smile, her way of questioning a suspect, and the stories she tells.

Good episode.

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