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Natural Causes 

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | Episode aired 20 July 2006
Even though Lynley is suspended from duty and Havers is assigned to DI Fiona Knight, whose methods differ from his, he involves himself in their latest case.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Edie Covington
Ben Lannoy ... Joshua Holcombe
... Owen Harcourt-Baines
... Sergeant Barbara Havers
... SOCO
... Inspector Thomas Lynley
Eiry Hughes ... Bar Girl
Michael Vivian ... Chief Constable
... D.I. Fiona Knight
... Police Federation Rep
... Helen Lynley
... Dr. Simon Wilson
... Tim Sumner
Molly Herbert ... Millie Sumner
Dave Hill ... Joe Covington


DI Lynley finds himself suspended from duty accused of having threatened a witness. As a result, DS Havers is temporarily re-assigned to DI Fiona Knight. They look into the murder of Edie Covington who was found dead in her car at the bottom of the lake. Edie was well known to many in the local area and had incurred the wrath of Owen Hardourt-Baines, a local land developer who had hoped to develop the lakeside into a housing estate. The police think they have a motive and forensic evidence that points to a killer, but in the end must look elsewhere. Although suspended, Lynley can't help but involve himself in the case. In his personal life, things are looking up when a reconciliation with his wife seems to be in the offing. Written by garykmcd

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D.I. Fiona Knight: [to Havers] If you want to find out how someone died, find out how they lived... how they loved.
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9 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

I admit, this Inspector Lynley Mystery had some delightful moments. For one, the scenery was used to great effect, with the lines of telephone poles fading hazily into the distance and the wind rustling over the great stretches of browned grass of Kent. Additionally, I was charmed by Liza Tarbuck playing a VERY pregnant DI Fiona Knight, Havers's new partner while Lynley is under investigation. I also admit to enjoying a few brief moments of banter between Lynley and Havers.

However, 'Natural Causes' greatly disappointed me, overall. For one, Catherine Russell marks the third Helen Lynley cast in the series, after Lesley Vickarage and Emma Fielding, which completely threw me off--I spent most of the episode assuming she was someone else entirely, and then realized that- wait!- even though she is nothing like her predecessors, this was indeed Helen speaking with a (greasy and lank-haired) Lynley.

The worst part of 'Natural Causes,' though, was the writing. One particular piece of banter between Lynley and Havers, while in the hospital room with DI Knight, simply doesn't make sense; the culprit's actions, throughout the entire story, also don't make sense; and the writers commit the gravest sin of mystery-writerdom: the whodunit is woefully predictable. I had the killer pinpointed within 10 minutes, and I'm HORRIBLE at pinpointing killers. You may want to skip this one and try another that uses the cast and crew to their full potential.

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