Elsewhere in Oxford there are a couple of arson incidents; it looks as though both were targeting Kenyan Asians but as both properties were owned by the same unpleasant character there are other possibilities. This character is also hoping to buy the Roxy for redevelopment.
Away from the crime Morse meets an attractive young woman who ends up spending the night with him... he is rather shocked when it emerges that she is DCI Thursday's niece! He is then asked to show her the city and they end up at The Roxy and witness a second suspicious death.
This episode was entertaining enough but it was a bit messy. There were claims that the film was cursed; an Egyptian archaeologist who vocally objected to his country's history being used in such schlock horror, an unscrupulous developer and motives dating back to the First World War. It was nice to see Morse finally have some luck with a lady but it seemed more than a little far-fetched when the next day he discovered she was Thursday's niece. The plot involving the arson didn't really go anywhere; I can only assume it will be part of an ongoing plot. This also involved a coincidence as Thursday's daughter worked at one of the properties. On the plus side I thought the cast did a solid job; this included a fine guest performance from Donald Sumpter as an actor with a shameful incident in his past. Overall I wouldn't say that this was bad but it wasn't up to the very high standards I expect of this series.