Barnaby and Troy investigate the murder of Tara Cavendish, who is beaten to death with a cricket bat near a quarry on her husband's estate. She is the young wife of Robert Cavendish, a local landowner who is also captain of the Fletcher's Cross cricket team. He is disliked by many: his son, Stephen, who resents his father and is having an affair with a local barmaid; Charles Jennings, whom Cavendish recently dismissed from the cricket team; and a group of locals who resent that Cavendish has closed a public footpath that ran across his estate. The mystery deepens when it turns out Cavendish's housekeeper, Emily Beavis, died in a fall at the quarry site some 18 months previously. With that information, Barnaby is convinced that the two deaths are connected.
Did You Know?
Stars three of the main cast of the Harry Potter series in Imeda Staunton, Robert Hardy and Toby Jones. See more
When explaining why she is telling Barnaby that Steven Cavendish is lying, Mrs. Cooper quotes a verse from the book of Philippians but attributes the words to Jesus instead of Paul. See more
[Barnaby and Troy have just spotted Joyce Barnaby house hunting
DCI Tom Barnaby
Oh, please Lord. Not Fletcher's Cross.