As detectives apply pressure on the Lyell Centre to come up with results, Nikki questions the motives behind the murders. The footballer implicated in the murder of the young woman fights to prove his innocence. Tom re-examines the scene of the murder of the mother and child and makes an important discovery.moreless
Forensic pathologist Dr Thomas Chamberlain is appointed head of the Lyell Centre, where he finds a team still reeling from the death of Leo Dalton. The team is asked to look into two cases: a mother and son murdered in their home and the disfigured body of a young woman.moreless
Newly-promoted DI Reid leads the investigation into the fatal stabbing of a busker. DI Ross's personal problems continue to affect his professional life.
A badly-beaten body is discovered by a motorway, and the investigation leads the team to an illegal bare-knuckle fighting ring. DI Ross has to face up to his gambling addiction.
A man and three of his children are found dead in their home, and a fourth child is critically ill. It initially appears that the father killed his children and took his own life, but forensic tests show that the father died first and suggest that the culprit is still at large.moreless
An Iranian refugee is burned to death, and the evidence points to a racially-motivated murder, but DCI Burke suspects otherwise, and the team uncovers a connection to a local drug dealer.
A shipworkers' trade union leader and his employer are both shot during an industrial dispute, the union man fatally. DCI Burke and the team suspect that this was a corporate killing.
The mutilated body of a torture victim is found in an empty warehouse. Detectives from the Met, investigating a similar case in London, arrive to help in the investigation. The team discovers that the dead man was a newly-qualified doctor who made and sold recreational drugs to pay his way through medical school.moreless
The body of a member of a Community Watch scheme is found hanging in the children's playground. Suspicion falls on the chairman of the scheme, who has killed before, but DS Reid is convinced of his innocence.moreless
A heavy gambler is murdered at a greyhound track just before his dog came in. DI Ross soon establishes that the race was fixed, but then the bookie's son is killed in the same way. Ross's suspects include the gambler's ex-wife, an ex-lover, the bookie and the trainer.moreless
A debut crime novel gives a detailed description of a murder which is identical to that of an unsolved case, and the team suspect that the novelist was involved in the crime, launching an investigation. Burke becomes convinced that the writer is the killer, but is exasperated as vital evidence seems always to be beyond his grasp. So begins a cat-and-mouse game between killer and detective, as Burke becomes determined to not let the alleged murderer get away with the crime.moreless
A baby is found abandoned on a doorstep of a retired businessman, who is discovered inside murdered. They question whether there may be a link between the two, soon discovering numerous people who had a motive for the murder.moreless
Eddie Monroe, an ex-convict out on parole, is found stabbed to death in an alleyway. He was a loner attempting to make amends for his shady past and in the course of the investigation Burke comes into contact with Monroe's arresting officer, and develops a growing conviction that the retired policeman is somehow involved in the murder, but is he making a personal judgement based on his own issues with him? He finds that in the course of uncovering the truth, he is forced to confront his own demons.moreless
A gambler is found dead, and it is discovered that he had thousands of pounds stashed in his flat, leading the team to suspect that he was part of an illegal betting scam. The wife of the owner then gets killed out riding and the investigation heats up further. Meanwhile, Burke is convinced that a former heroin addict and petty criminal has changed, until he is left with a decision to either arrest a killer or do a deal to catch a more major criminal.moreless