The village hospital is not large enough to accomodate the large influx of wounded soldiers coming back from the front and so, Downton is turned into a convalescent home for many of them. O'Brien is shocked that Isobel Crawley seems to be giving most of the orders while Cora is relegated to the background and suggests that Thomas might be able to aide her from his position at the hospital.
Violet strongly believes that Mary and Matthew are still very much in love and so, with the help of Rosamund, tries her best to undo Matthew's engagement to Lavinia in order for Matthew to be free. She is also still convinced that there is much more to Lavinia's relationship with Sir Richard than meets the eye.
Meanwhile, Anna runs into Mr. Bates in the village and they feel they may have hope of a future together but back at Downton, things are far more highly charged as William asks a question of Daisy just before heading off to war and Mrs. Patmore reacts very badly to a chance remark. And what exactly is Branson up to? Whatever it is, it looks like it may cause trouble for Lord Grantham.moreless
A cat burglar is on the loose, but what connects the victims? And has the burglar, dubbed "the Creeper", now resorted to murder?
Miss Marple is asked to help Gwenda Halliday, a wealthy young woman who has bought a house on the English coast, only to experience disturbing visions. Soon Gwenda discovers that, instead of spending all her life in India, she had lived in the house as a child. The visions are actually flashes of memory - and she realizes she witnessed the murder of a beautiful woman who was a singer for an acting troupe known as The Funnybones.moreless
DCI Matt Burke takes a fishing break but he ends up fighting for his life when a gun- man shoots him in the head. Also, on the same day a fraud squad detective Archie Meades is shot dead and stashes of cash are found in the homes of both victims. It is up to the team to clear their boss's name from charges of accepting bribes connected to an illegal import deal.moreless
Barnaby and Troy are in Badger's Drift again, this time to investigate the murder of an unpopular property developer called Richard Bayly who had been suffering from a brain tumour. Bayly had recently come up with plans to build a new housing estate in the sleepy village, despite determined local opposition, and he was killed with an Indian sword belonging to Stephen Wentworth, the local Vicar.
Another interesting factor is the recent arrival in the village of Simon Fletcher, a theatre director with unhappy childhood memories and perhaps an old grievance.