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More of the same fantastic Midsomer Murders style, for now, while we have leads like John Nettles (DCI Barnaby), Jason Hughes (assistant copper), Jane Wymark (wife Joyce), and Laura Howard as daughter, Cully. That alone guarantees 5 stars for performers, add the writing for plots to the multiple murders (a signature must) and don't forget the divine looks at country life in England. These "sets" are the real thing, great locations scouted for picture perfection. Sure adds to the complex murder investigations and the suspense that is sustained throughout each episode. Add a bit of good family life of the cops and some family humor at times, and you have above-and-beyond the best British Mystery Murder Crime series ever produced. OK, that's an opinion, but one shared by millions on both sides of the Atlantic.
No foul language issues, but plenty of good family murder mystery--the murder is almost never seen, just the moments up to the kill, and then of course the body. How many ways can a person be murdered? The shows seem to be released to DVD faster than ever, considering showing schedules in multiple countries. A tip of the had to Acorn Media. Also SUBTITLES. Not rated by good for teens and older.
The episodes each about 100 min.: Inspired by Caroline Graham novels.
The Dogleg Murders, aired March 2009
Whiteoak golf course in Worthy is found Crisp's Folly, hole 13 and a blind dogleg. While searching for a ball, a rude golfer is ironed to death, his own club. Suspicious death! As in the Barnaby and Midsomer tradition, the murders accumulate faster than pars. And a club member tells Barnaby about gambling on the greens. Duh, it's golf for Pete's sake. What a delicious golf course to see, outstanding scenic tour, as is all of Midsomer Murder episodes. Is that another murderous ball sliced? Fore!
The Black Book, aired March 2009
18th Century art lovers will enjoy this forgery, swindling, murderous episode. A lady sells a newly discovered local artist, Henry Hogson, oil for a bundle and is immediately murdered. Don't seek Hogson under real Art History. Midsomer's art community, or forgery club, is a tough group to crack. Barnaby is up to the challenge but will the body count be higher than the forgery count at the end?
Secrets and Spies, aired July 2009
A `safe house' run by an ex-spy for other agents may not be as safe as believed. The keeper of the spy house is the first to find out how truly unsafe it is. Then his son is killed in a similar fashion, apparently by an animal or wolfman. Barnaby's too quick to fall for that one and heightens his search for clues. A spy vs spy thriller with Barnaby to save the day.
The Glitch, aired July 2009
Bucketman comes to the rescue, avenging all those mistreated by Midsomer road hogs, by tossing red paint at them. There is plenty of action scenes to impress paint-ball fans. Locals think it fun, till murder catches on as well. There is also espionage and blackmail plots at work, keeping Barnaby and his helper, DS Jones (Jason Hughes), very busy. Then comes "The Glitch".
If you've missed out on some of the past Midsomer Murders releases then you can find catchup sets to save money. "Midsomer Murders-The Early Cases Collection", "Midsomer Murders: Barnaby's Casebook" & "Midsomer Murders: Village Case Files". Those 3 sets will get you 51 more feature length mysteries.