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King's Crystal 

When King's family enterprise shatters into pieces and its accountant winds up stabbed, Barnaby digs into rivalries of business and blood-while Jones explores secret Masonic rites.

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... DCI Tom Barnaby
... DS Ben Jones
... Joyce Barnaby
... Cully Barnaby
... Dr Bullard
... Jack Tewson
... Charles King
... Peter Baxter
... James Taylor
... Ian King
Susan Tracy ... Hilary King
... Sophie Baxter
... David Monroe
David Henry ... Photographer
Hugh Sachs ... Harold Bumstead
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King's Crystal, a glassware factory in Midsomer Magna, faces ruin following the death of its co-owner Alan King. His widow, Hilary, angers her son Ian by marrying Alan's brother Charles, and rumours circulate that Charles and accountant Peter Baxter embezzled funds. When Peter is stabbed to death with a Masonic dagger and Ian starts behaving strangely after finding his father's sketchbook, Barnaby is called. But the answer lies in Cully's new production. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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26 January 2007 (UK)  »

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This episode is a pastiche of Shakespeare's Hamlet. The references pile up through out the episode. A son is angry because his mother married his uncle a few months after his father's death. Cully is in a local production of the play. See more »

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In the Masonic lodge, they are wearing Craft regalia but set up for another order. See more »

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[last lines]
DS Ben Jones: I appreciated your trust over the Mason's thing.
DCI Tom Barnaby: Well, trust, Jones, is something hard to win, easy to lose, and never to be taken lightly.
DS Ben Jones: William Shakespeare, sir?
DCI Tom Barnaby: No. Thomas Barnaby.
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Hamlet, Masons and 'Midsomer Murders'
10 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

As has been said by me a number of times, 'Midsomer Murders' is one of my most watched and most re-watched shows. It is nowhere near as good now and the Tom Barnaby-era wasn't alien to average or less episodes, but when it was on form or at its best boy was it good.

Season 10 started off decently with "Dance with the Dead", though that was marred by uneven pacing and padding. "The Animal Within" was an improvement, being very good and highly entertaining. Then there's this episode "King's Crystal". Most of the episode is solid and diverting stuff but it also could have been better, not classic 'Midsomer Murders' but not an average or less episode either.

While the final twist was unexpected and clever, the ending did feel unfinished and ambiguous with more explanation needed for the first murder for example. The Masons angle was an intriguing angle and it tells us more about Jones that could have been better resolved, literally left in the open, and may agreed baffle some.

However, the production values as always are top notch, with to die for scenery, the idyllic look of it contrasting very well with the story's grimness, and quaint and atmospheric photography. The music fits perfectly, with some lush jauntiness and sometimes an ominous quality, and the theme tune one of the most memorable and instantly recognisable of the genre.

Meanwhile, the script is smart and thought-provoking with some nice humour, a grimness and with characters that are fun and interesting enough. The story is compelling, with some neat twists and turns without being too simple or complicated. The Hamlet subplot is woven seamlessly with the investigation and even helps solve it.

John Nettles and Jason Hughes are both superb, individually and together (their chemistry, and the chemistry with Daniel Casey and John Hopkins before Hughes, being a huge part of their episodes' charm). And the supporting cast are very strong as to be expected.

In summary, solid and often diverting episode that underwhelmed a little in the final solution. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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