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Deception on His Mind 

Sahlah is engaged to a young Pakistani man in an arranged marriage, but he ends up murdered as she is bearing the child of a local white man.


Tim Leandro


Elizabeth George (novel), Valerie Windsor (screenplay)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Wait Matthew Wait ... Gerry Devitt
Sharon Small ... Barbara Havers
Anjalee Patel Anjalee Patel ... Hadiyyah
Tanveer Ghani ... Azhar Taymullah
Anjali Jay ... Sahlah Malik
Saeed Jaffrey ... Akram Malik
Sophie Walker Sophie Walker ... TV Reporter
T.J. Ramini ... Muneer Malik (as Tarek Ramini)
Emily Joyce ... Emily Barlow
Demelza Randall ... Rachel Winfield
Amita Dhiri ... Yumna Malik
Terence Hillyer Terence Hillyer ... Basil Treves
Nathaniel Parker ... Thomas Lynley
Joe Shaw Joe Shaw ... Theo Shaw
Ronnie McCann Ronnie McCann ... Trevor Ruddock


Lynley and Havers investigate the death of Hatham Kureshi in the seaside village of Balford-le-nez. He was to marry Shala Malik, the daughter of a prominent businessman. The marriage was an arranged one but it turns out she was having an affair with a local man, Theo Shaw. She is also pregnant. Things are not going well in the Malik family and Shala's older brother Muneer is a particularly nasty character. There is also much tension in the community owing to what some claim was a previous incident where the police supposedly covered up the murder of a 16-year old Asian boy. When the police learn that Hatham was also gay, it adds a whole new angle to their investigation. Written by garykmcd

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English | Urdu

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31 March 2003 (UK) See more »

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Thomas Lynley: You know, I don't remember being trampled in the rush to partner with you.
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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Great ending to the second season
24 December 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

When a man is found dead on the beach of Balford-le-nez, Barbara Havers (Sharon Small) offers to go there, since she has time off, and help out a friend investigating the murder. The victim is Hatham Kureshi, engaged to Shala Malik (Anjali Jay), whose father is a Pakistani businessman. It was an arranged marriage, and, in fact, Shala is pregnant by someone else, though she cannot tell her family.

Havers meets the family: Shala's brother Muneer (T.J. Ramini) is resentful that the victim was to take over the family business and not him, and that's why the marriage was arranged. A female friend of Shala's is pressuring her to take an apartment with her, and a young man in love with Shala is upset about the impending marriage. When it's learned that Hatham was gay and probably on the beach to meet a boyfriend, the situation really heats up. Due to a problem in the family of Lynley's new wife, Helen, Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) joins her in the investigation, back early from his honeymoon.

This is a very good episode and ends the second season with a real bang. The end scenes on the water are very tense.

Love the relationship between Lynley and Havers, and in this episode at least, Lynley doesn't lose his temper at her. Havers proves herself smart and determined to do the right thing, even if it means being reckless.

Really good, with everyone in top form.

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