After hearing shots in the night, 60s model turned herbalist Lizzy Thornfield discovers the body of Martin Strickland. The wealthy Midsomer Wyvern landowner has been tied to a tree and mauled to death. Martin's second wife Camilla tells Barnaby that he had fallen out with the tenants of Wyvern House, his former family home, now a restaurant run by tyrannical celebrity chef Ruth Cameron and her husband Johnny Linklater. Martin was also angry about £10,000 worth of truffles stolen from his land. The dead man's last phone call was to Angela Linklater, landlady of the Stag & Huntsman and ex-wife of Johnny - she's also his lover. Camilla put up with the affair, but she is very angry to learn Martin left his substantial estate to his daughter Amy, ambitious commis-chef at Wyvern House. The police confiscate shotguns from farmhand Jamie Weston but the post mortem reveals that Martin was covered in truffle oil and eaten alive by wild boar. Ruth's protégé and whipping boy Nick Iver, sous chef ...
Did You Know?
Only the Black Truffle, Tuber melanosporum, would be sufficiently valuable to be a motive. These are harvested from November to March, whereas the filming took place in summertime. See more
[Barnaby has just received a call from Nelson about suspeicious activity at the pub
Uh, what time do you want to eat?
DCI John Barnaby
Later, if it's OK with you; I'm going to the pub with Nelson.
Oh, right. So that's how it's going to be from now on, is it? I stay here with the dog and the baby, whilst you go boozing with your mates.
DCI John Barnaby
No. Sykes is welcome to come to the pub with me whenever he wants.