Abandoned by the army, who took it over in World War II, the village of Little Auburn is to be reoccupied, with three groups of people submitting ideas for its resurrection. When Finn Thornbury, who with girlfriend Corinna Craven had opted for an eco-friendly village, is killed, Barnaby and new sergeant Winter discover he had a secret wife nobody knew about. Of the rival bidders, elderly Sylvia Lennard, seeking to restore the village to former glories, hated the deceased, but property developers Blake and Lucy Keswick claim to have had no argument with him. Corinna's father Roderick, who was to judge the worth of each party, is the next victim, and oddly, Finn's mother Andrea is his main beneficiary. With the discovery of an illegal snake farm and more secrets unfolding, Barnaby must decide whether greed or passion accounted for the murders in the village that rose from the dead.
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Did You Know?
Not only that Catherine Steadman (Corina) and Edwin Thomas (Finn) also starred together in an episode of Inspector Lewis (Down Among the Fearful), but their characters were positioned virtually in the same situation: Thomas played the first victim and Steadman played his grieving partner, who turns out to be neither the killer or the next victim. See more
At the beginning of "The village that rose from the dead" a murder is committed with a tank driving forward towards the victim. Once the victim is found, only the legs and lower torso are crushed by the tank tracks and the victim is on the ground -behind- the vehicle. See more