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The investigation into a 12-year old disappearance is revived, and Lynley gets involved since he is a friend of the victim's family.


Robert Bierman


Elizabeth George (based on "Inspector Lynley Mysteries"), Ed Whitmore




Episode complete credited cast:
Jacob Avery Jacob Avery ... Justin Oborne
Georgina Rylance ... Julia Oborne
Nicholas Farrell ... Sam Oborne
Nathaniel Parker ... Inspector Thomas Lynley
John Shrapnel ... Sergeant Mike McCaffrey
Samantha Bond ... Vivienne Oborne
Sharon Small ... Sergeant Barbara Havers
Nicholas Brown Nicholas Brown ... Oliver Oborne
Ed Stoppard ... Conrad McCaffrey
Sam Cox Sam Cox ... Greg Sullivan
Alex Argenti Alex Argenti ... Hotel Manageress
Justin Pierre Justin Pierre ... DC Andy Vedder
Geraldine Somerville ... DS Michelle Tate
Paul Hickey ... Lafferty
Denise Gough ... Christine Faraday


Lynley is at a birthday party for the young son of some friends when the boy disappears. Twelve years later the boy's corpse is found and Lynley travels to Rome to accompany the dead boy's sister back to England for the funeral. However, the past seems to haunt her, and a break-in at her apartment leads Lynley to suspect that the 12-year old crime is still reverberating through the victim's family. At the same time, Lynley is also dealing with the death of Helen -- and not too well, tending to drown his sorrows rather than deal with the loss. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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During the chase in Rome the burglar escapes during an interior scene - which was shot in the Old Bailey in London. English in a wall mural is quite clearly visible at the top of screen. See more »


Sergeant Barbara Havers: [visiting Lynley after his arrest] Are you okay?
Inspector Thomas Lynley: You mean, "Did I do it"?
Sergeant Barbara Havers: No! I mean, are you *bloody* okay? God, I've been asking you that for the last six months!
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Lynley drawn into a murder case
7 January 2013 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

It's the second last show of the entire series, and we find Inspector Thomas Lynley turning to booze to cope with the death of his wife, Helen. He has to pull out of it soon enough, though.

"Limbo" actually begins 12 years earlier, when Lynley's young godson goes missing during a party and is never seen again. Shift to the present, and the boy's skeleton is found in a drain that has been covered with bricks. The family asks Lynley to go to Italy and see if he can encourage the boy's sister to return. Lynley ends up having sex with her, and the next morning, he is arrested for her murder when she's found dead on the pavement below.

DC Michelle Tate (Geraldine Summerville) is looking only at Lynley for the murder, doubly suspicious of him because he's a detective. So it falls to him and to Havers to solve the murder - fast.

This is a pretty good episode with plenty of suspects and intrigue. There are a couple of plot holes, but thanks to the actors, it still works. Geraldine Summerville is very good as a no-nonsense DC who thinks Lynley looks good for the murder. Nathaniel Parker and Sharon Small are wonderful as she tries to goad him out of his misery.


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11 November 2007 (UK) See more »

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