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Down Among the Dead Men 

Expert blackmailer Martin Barret is murdered and there is no shortage of suspects.

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Joyce Barnaby
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Cully Barnaby
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Another kitchen in Midsomer is the setting for a murder, this time the shotgun killing of a man who has been blackmailing more than one member of the local community. Barnaby and Jones must uncover the secrets each suspect has been hoping to keep hidden, and their investigation includes a respected man who once ran a school for wayward girls, a pub owner who may have shorted the tax man on inheritance taxes, and a couple whose weekend trips to the seashore might be more than for a relaxing whiff of sea air. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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[first lines]
Martin Barrett: Mrs Redfern?
Hayley Redfern: Yes.
Martin Barrett: How nice to meet you.
Hayley Redfern: You mean you're Martin Barrett?
Martin Barrett: Yes. I think we both expected someone a little different.
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really enjoyed this one
5 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Down Among the Dead Men" from season 9 provides both mystery and humor as Barnaby and Jones try to solve a murder.

The opening has a very good looking man greeting a young woman who comes to his home. They talk -- she asks why he chose her...apparently she fit the requirements. She goes upstairs, gets into nightclothes, and climbs into a single bed in the guest room.

Downstairs, the man, Martin Barrett, is listening to the male/male duet from Pearl Fishers when a bullet comes through the window and kills him. The young woman upstairs hears the shot. But she's nowhere to be found when police arrive.

Turns out that this man has been blackmailing practically everyone in the community, so they have a lot of suspects. One man, a friend of Barnaby's, has been accused of inappropriate behavior toward young women in a home he ran; another is a pub owner who faked a tax return; and a couple who takes weekend trips to the sea and may be up to something.

I found Barnaby's and Jones' repartee very amusing, and Jones was especially funny. "You know," he tells one suspect. "I envy my boss. He always puts people at ease when he interviews them. What was Martin Barrett blackmailing you about?" There are some fun characters as well, including a cleaning woman whose husband is questioned. He doesn't give honest answers; every time he lies, his wife tells the detectives the truth.

Very good mystery with a slight twist at the end. Entertaining.


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