CASE 1 - THE KILLINGS AT BADGER?S DRIFT A gentle stroll I the woods for Miss Emily Simpson ends in tragedy. To the village doctor Miss Simpson?s death looks natural but her old friend Lucy Bellringer is unconvinced. Lucy eventually draws the unwilling Chief Inspector Barnaby into the case. Barnaby?s investigations reveal old rivalries, old loves and new scandals. Then a second horrifying killing shocks Barnaby into running the murderer to ground. CASE 2 - WRITTEN IN BLOOD Gerald Hadleigh, secretary of the Midsomer Worthy?s Writers? Circle had never wanted to invite best-selling novelist Max Jennings to one of their meetings. When Gerald is found dead the next morning from a brutal battering, the other members of the circle wish they had heeded his reluctance. Inspector Barnaby soon discovers that Gerald is a man of mystery, a man with a past. When another body is found, Barnaby has a double murder on his hands. CASE 3 ? DEATH OF A HOLLOW MAN At the Corn Exchange, preparations are in full swing for the forthcoming production of Amadeus, unaware that nearby the body of a local resident, Agnes Gray, is about to be found floating in the river. Barnaby sets out to discover who has perpetrated the crime, however, before he can conclude his investigations there is trouble at the theatre. CASE 4 ? FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH A project to develop the Old Mill is struggling financially and many inhabitants of Morton Fendle believe that they have been conned out of a considerable sum of money. When the wife of the wealthy mill owner goes missing Barnaby suspects that she has been kidnapped and sets out to unravel the mystery. CASE 5 ? DEATH IN DISGUISE There is a death at The Lodge of the Golden Windhorse. At the commune William Carter is found at the bottom of the stairs with a broken neck. The residents gather round the body and Barnaby and Troy are called in to find out if this was a simple accident or of there are more sinister goings on. A few days later Barnaby and Troy are called back to The Lodge, only this time there is no doubt. CASE 6 - DEATH?S SHADOW When Richard Bayly, a local property developer, is diagnosed with a brain tumour he feels the need to confess his sins to Reverend Stephen Wentworth before he dies. Later that night Richard is violently murdered in his own home. DCI Barnaby can?t understand who would want to kill a dying man. However, he soon learns that Richard?s redevelopment plans for the village were not seen as beneficial by everyone. When another murder is committed, Barnaby and Troy face a race against time to unearth the truth surrounding tragic events from the past to discover the perpetrator. CASE 7 - STRANGLER?S WOOD When Carla Constanza - the face of Brazil?s leading cigarette brand for Monarch Tobacco - is found strangled in the infamous Strangler?s Wood, DCI Barnaby and DS Troy not only find themselves investigating her murder, but three identical unsolved murders of innocent girls from eight years before. When Barnaby meets the other inhabitants of Midsomer Worthy he discovers more than one potential suspect - an ex-Detective Chief Inspector unhealthily obsessed with the original case; the creepy village landlord with a dark past and a sinister over-protective mother; the Managing Director of Monarch Tobacco, who stands to lose a lot of money and an au pair who knows more about Carla?s death than she is letting on... As the murders mount up, Barnaby and Troy realise that time is running out. CASE 8 - BLOOD WILL OUT Idyllic village life is propelled into turmoil when two opposing traveller clans descend upon the inhabitants of Martyr Warren. DCI Barnaby and DS Troy are forced to investigate when local magistrate and principal adversary of the new vagrant population, Hector Bridges, is found shot dead at his house. As the majority of the village had been watching a chariot race between the rival clans at the time Hector was killed, there are a limited number of suspects. Or so it seems? CASE 9 - BEYOND THE GRAVE When a portrait of Jonathan Lowrie, a wealthy royalist who was killed by a Roundhead musketeer, is slashed at the Aspern Tallow museum, Inspector Barnaby and Sergeant Troy are called in to investigate. A strange series of events follows the act of vandalism; the local art restorer is convinced that the picture resembles her recently departed husband, the church bells start ringing out in the middle of the night, a packing case in the museum catches fire and the body of Marcus Lowrie, a distant relative of the man in the portrait, is found beaten to death in his ancestor?s grave. CASE 10 - DEAD MAN?S ELEVEN The village of Fletcher?s Cross is astounded when a rich businessman?s wife is found bludgeoned to death by a cricket bat. Whilst the victim had no apparent enemies, her husband, Robert Cavendish, was hated by all and sundry - Robert?s arch-enemy Frasier, who worked for Cavendish until a quarry explosion killed his partner; Cavendish?s son, Stephen, who despised his father; Zelda, the sprightly, sly spinster who abhorred Cavendish because of his plan to fence off footpaths crossing his land:- All had reasons for wishing harm on Robert, but why would anyone kill his wife? CASE 11 - DEATH OF A STRANGER As the Upper Marshwood hunt heads off into the distance with the unforgettable sounds of the horses and hounds in pursuit of the fox, a filthy tramp runs for cover in the woods, he stumbles and falls into a pit? screaming. Barnaby is on holiday when he hears about the death and is surprised to learn that Chief Inspector Pringle has arrested Billy Gurdie, a local, well known for petty crime. Barnaby isn?t convinced but when the body of Billy?s father is discovered it looks as if the Chief Inspector may have been right all along ? until Barnaby delves further into the villagers? lives. CASE 12 - BLUE HERRINGS Barnaby?s favourite Aunt, Alice, is recuperating at the Lawnside Rest Home when one of her fellow residents dies. There don?t seem to be any suspicious circumstances and it is assumed to be just the case of old age. Aunt Alice, however, is not so sure. Alice complains of hearing footsteps in the corridor in the dead of night and claims to have spotted a stranger sneaking around the place. When another resident is found dead followed by another, Barnaby and Troy take notice and set out to uncover the truth. CASE 13 - JUDGEMENT DAY Preparations are well under way in Midsomer Mallow for the Perfect Village Competition. However, when the body of a local rogue, Peter Drinkwater, is found with a pitchfork protruding from his chest, the villagers are determined to keep it quiet. After all he was hardly popular in the village. Angry parents, jealous husbands, victims of crimes believed to have been perpetrated by the deceased and disgruntled lovers ? all had reason to want to see the back of Drinkwater. Meanwhile, as the Perfect Village Competition gets underway, one of the judges is poisoned in view of the entire village. Barnaby and Troy must unravel the web of lies if they are to solve the murders.
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