Violet Fernsley is due to hang for killing her violent husband Ivan but Father Brown believes in her innocence. The Fernsley family close ranks but the priest is puzzled by the fact that ... See full summary »

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Violet Fernsley is due to hang for killing her violent husband Ivan but Father Brown believes in her innocence. The Fernsley family close ranks but the priest is puzzled by the fact that Polish farm-hand Piotr Symanski disappeared around the time of the murder and also seems to have been slain. Ivan's brothers' squabbling over possession of his farm seems to incriminate one or both whilst Sullivan is suspicious of the fact that prison warder Charlie Denham is Violet's lover. Father Brown naturally deduces that the real murderer is the least likely suspect. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Twisted Plot and Extra Twist to Boot!
18 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

This episode had quite a few cringe-worthy scenes such as implied murder by butchering and disposing of body parts into pig pens--Not to mention a human finger bone found inside a pig's stomach. Very sickening. Turns out the murder mystery is two-fold in this one, which is a good plot trick being that many of the resolutions on Father Brown are rather ho hum in their motives. There's also a rather confusing interpretation of Father Brown's view on Christian justice and forgiveness. If he is such a truth seeker and guardian of justice then why did he allow a confessed murderer to not only 'get away with it' but then to enter the folds of a nunnery!? It's all rather odd. Still, the acting of Detective what's his name is compelling enough and a good contrast to the bumbling reverend. A funny scene at the end involving a taxidermy-fied reverend fox makes a light ending to an otherwise grisly serial killer of a crime. Lovely British accents and pretty English scenery for the win.


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