When England cricketer Kenneth Waring dies of asphyxiation after a fire is set at a friend's house, the police have no doubt they are dealing with murder. The house belonged to Waring's patron and close friend Miriam Whitelaw who had a visitor the evening Waring died, her estranged daughter Olivia. Waring was separated from his wife Jeannie and had recently given her divorce papers. As well, his lover and agent Gabriella Patten, the ex-wife of a cricket teammate, has gone missing. Miriam had recently been attacked by animal rights activists which, unbeknown to her, included her daughter. When Waring's son confesses to the murder, Lynley has his doubts. Lynley decides they need a profiler on the case and not surprisingly hires Helen Clyde for the job but things don't go very well. Havers moves into her new flat.
Did You Know?
During the episode, Inspector Lynley watches clips of a cricket match that purportedly features the murdered Kenneth Waring. However, only the close-up shots in the match are of Waring (when he is batting). The rest of the clippings pertain to the 3rd test of the 1992 series between England and Pakistan played at Old Trafford, Manchester. The brief score displayed matches the score of this game. In fact, one can easily figure out that the bowler bowling is Pakistani speedster Wasim Akram, who (on screen) is referred to with different names. See more
Helen, I have respect for you on every level, but this is a murder case. It's not about us.