The Midsomer Worthy Writers Circle invites well-known author Max Jennings to one of their monthly meetings. The group's secretary, Gerald Hadleigh is opposed to to the invitation, but is outvoted. It becomes apparent that Jennings and Hadleigh knew one another at one time. When Hadleigh is found dead the next day, Barnaby and Troy begin looking into the backgrounds of the various Circle members and try to locate Jennings. When they do find him he is, as they say, incapable of assisting them with their inquiries. A second murder adds to the puzzle but in the end, the solution rests on learning of long ago events and a hidden family secret. At home, the Barnaby's agree to care for daughter Cully's Russian Blue cat Killmouskie, with interesting results for Tom.
Did You Know?
Frederick Forsyth gets a (perjorative) mention in this but he enjoyed it so much that he wrote about it in his Daily Express column. He deliberately misnamed Midsomer Worthy as "Midsomer Jockstrap" and he described the whole series as "amiable tosh". See more
During the opening, Gerald Hadley's voice is reading out what he is writing. He says he fired 2 35mm rounds which missed by 2 inches etc. A 35mm round is huge and the size of round used in an anti aircraft gun, and not the size to be fired from a hand gun or machine gun. See more
Liam. Liam? What are you doing with that? Liam? Liam. Liam!
References Dixon of Dock Green