Midsomer Murders (1997– )
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Sins of Commission 

When Midsomer hosts its 12th Annual Literary Festival, an author is found with his neck broken. More writers will die before the winner of the competition is announced.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... DCI Tom Barnaby
John Hopkins ... Sergeant Dan Scott
... Joyce Barnaby
... Cully Barnaby
... Dr Bullard
Susan Engel ... Camilla Crofton
... Tim Settingfield
Stella Gonet ... Grace Maplin
Margot Leicester ... Kay Settingfield
Michael Harbour ... Harry Poulson (as Michael N. Harbour)
Tom Mannion ... Sam Callaghan
... John Denton
Emma Buckley ... Jezebel Tripp
... Helen Callaghan
... Neville Williams


During the 12th Annual Midsomer St. Michael Literary Festival, local author Richard Rackham is found dead at the bottom of the stairs in his house. The pathologist confirms that his neck was broken before he fell and it is apparent that his laptop computer is missing. When book editor Neville Williams is also killed, Barnaby and Scott learn that he and Rackham were lovers. As the body count keeps rising, the police find multiple motives and several possible killers. Several characters were involved in affairs and some were involved in lucrative financial scams. The solution to the crimes is found when Barnaby unearths an author who has been writing under a pseudonym but who was about to let their true identity be known. Written by garykmcd

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18 January 2004 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


The Jezebel Tripp book 'Chromosome Wars' featured in Sins Of Commision, appears again in the second show of Season 9. See more »


When Jezabel arrives at The Quill for the first time and starts autographing books, she does so with her right hand. She is supposed to be left-handed in the story line See more »


[first lines]
Jezebel Tripp: No nationals! No telly!
Neville Williams: I said low key.
Jezebel Tripp: Low key doesn't mean dead on arrival, Neville.
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Man, talk about divisive
1 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

I guess some people didn't like this episode and some did. Well, a strong reaction is good, I suppose. I guess I just don't take these things all that seriously. It's not as if someone tried to pass off this story as Crime & Punishment. It's an episode in a TV show.

It's the 12th Annual Midsomer St. Michael Literary Festival, and a local author, Richard Rackham, is found dead, with a broken neck. It looks like he fell down the stairs until the pathologist announces that his neck was broken before he fell. Also, his computer is missing.

Then a book editor is murdered. Barnaby and Scott find out that he and Rackham were secret lovers. There are all kinds of motives and plenty of people had opportunity. Finally Barnaby learns something was about to be revealed that would wreak havoc should it become known.

I love Barnaby's family, so when they're in an episode, as they were here, I find it enjoyable. Barnaby's new partner, Scott, keeps busy flirting with various women, which is amusing, especially when Barnaby catches him at it.

I don't think you'll want to throw yourself off a building in despair over ghastly writing and plots after seeing this, so go ahead and watch it.

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