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In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 4 March 2004
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When the daughter of a retired police officer and a male friend are found beaten to death, Lynley brings in the recently demoted Havers to help.


Sebastian Graham Jones (as Sebastian Graham-Jones)


Elizabeth George (novel), Ann-Marie di Mambro (screenplay) (as Ann Marie di Mambro)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Lawrence ... Gerry Cole
Emma Willis Emma Willis ... Nicola Maiden
Nathaniel Parker ... Inspector Thomas Lynley
Sharon Small ... Barbara Havers
David Burke ... DSI Webberley
Caroline Hayes ... Samantha Blair
Al Weaver ... Billy Slavin
Jack Deam ... DS Hanken
Lesley Vickerage ... Helen Lynley
Barbara Wilshere ... Dr. Kennedy
Sorcha Cusack ... Nan Maiden
Timothy West ... Andy Maiden
Simon Williams ... Jeremy Britton
Tom Burke ... Julian Britton
Marlene Sidaway ... Mrs. Baden


DI Lynley investigates the death of Nicola Maiden and Gerry Cole who were beaten to death while out camping. Nicola's father Andy Maiden is a retired police officer but neither of her parents know, or will admit to knowing, who Cole is and thought she was seeing Julian Britton. Andy believes she was killed as a means of getting back at him and offers to go through his old files. The investigation reveals that Nicola worked for Martin Reeve, the owner of an escort agency. She had recently quit and set off on her own. Andy had also put him away once, for 10 years, leading to the break-up of Reeve's marriage. When another murder occurs, it sends the investigation in a different direction involving a theft and blackmail. Sgt. Havers finds herself demoted and back in uniform for having shot a flare pistol at a senior officer who had put a child in danger. Lynley manages to get her assigned to the case and hopes she will take the opportunity to rehabilitate her reputation and her career. Written by garykmcd

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Lyndley's posture as he supports himself with his arms during the questioning of Reeves changes from close-up to medium shot. See more »


Barbara Havers: [to Lynley, on seeing him enter the hotel where she's staying] Are you checking up on me?
Inspector Thomas Lynley: I am checking in.
Barbara Havers: [rolling her eyes] Oh, great.
Inspector Thomas Lynley: Nice to see you, too, Havers. Do you fancy a drink?
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Demotion Unfair!
5 October 2020 | by janiegirl09See all my reviews

Why a demotion? DC Havers not only rescued a child, but also Inspector Lynley! He had no life saver nor any floating raft, but was just left with the child in the middle of the sea. Nobody mentioned that the Detective driving the boat was wrong to drive away, leaving them both to drown. Unbelievable!

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