The first episode of the Season 20 inspires hopes. First of all, we get acquainted with a new pathologist Fleur Perkins who really makes much of an impression. She might not be liked by fans because she contrasts sharply with any other pathologist we've seen throughout the series both in appearance and character. Hopefully she will fit in the team.
Another surprise - the victim is not killed in the opening scene! Someone gets killed though right in the beginning, but it is not the victim whose death will be investigated, which marks a certain break with a traditional scheme when the main murder took place in the first scene. There was nothing bad about it, but I sometimes feel nostalgia for earlier episodes when there was some plot development before the murder was committed and the audience got to know the victim better. In the latest seasons the first victim was always killed right in the beginning and we knew from less to nothing about her/him.
As for this paticular episode, it was not so great as expected. First of all, it should have been titled "The Curse of Causton Abbey", not the "Ghost" because we see practically nothing of the Ghost except for a couple of mentions. Second thing - as it sometimes happens in Midsomer, the murders might be very loosely connected with the major subject of the episode, like it is in this one. Neither the curse legend nor the beer are eventually of any importance for the final plot twist. It is sad that both the brewery and the story of the killed monk serve merely as a background and bear no importance. The motive for the killings was too far-fetched and not especially convincing. There is only one good thing to mention - for the first time for many years we can see something similar to a collusion and the murder acts not on his own, but this plot line does not follow to its logical end either. Repeated introductions of interracial marriages can surely be regarded as a fad. In addition to this we will witness a gay relationship between two black guys - nothing against it, but this story line does not see any logical development either and is abandoned very quickly which makes think that it was introduced as a tribute paid to modern fashion. Sometimes it becomes clear that the plot is a little bit contrived, artificial, and even preposterous. Many characters are very quickly forgotten, some story lines are loose. Hopefully next episodes will be far more better that this one. Still, it was great pleasure to watch - anyway, it is the first episode of the new jubilee Season 20!