Inspector Barnaby's birthday is soon coming up, and Tom is reminded that he's nearing the age when his father died prematurely of a stroke. He starts thinking about his existence and how he wants to spend the rest of his life. Together with Joyce he goes to Midsomer Health Farm for a peaceful weekend. His weekend naturally ends up far from being peaceful...
This is John Nettles' last episode of Midsomer Murders.
The death of the maid of honour at an upper class wedding poses a challenge for Barnaby and Jones. These people are not used to having the police around asking a lot of silly questions. Barnaby has Cully's wedding to prepare for and things are not working out according to plan.moreless
Reformed criminal Ronnie Tyler has been living at a halfway house in the village of Midsomer Holm. His place is taken by Eddie Marston, who soon goes missing.
A council clerk is shot, and during their investigation Barnaby and Jones find that the victim was an expert blackmailer. A phone number on the dead man's blotter sends the two to the seaside in search of his latest targets. Meanwhile Joyce is convinced a local farmer knows more than he's telling.moreless
Jamie Cruickshank, a bartender at the Maid in Splendour public house, is keen on Bella Monday, a barmaid, and follows her to a tumbledown old cottage in the woods, only to be blasted with a twelve-bore shotgun. Then the pub landlord's son, Stephen Bannerman, is also killed in the same way. Barnaby finds there was ill-feeling between locals and newcomers to the village and also between the landlord and his aggressive son, who was in the process of taking over the business.
The Midsomer Literary Festival opens with the real-life murder of a famous author at Midsomer St Michael. In investigating the killing, Barnaby and Scott find that the village highbrows are busy with corruption, embezzlement, and sexual peccadillos of various kinds. And the dead bodies go on piling up.
Barnaby's new partner, Sergeant Dan Scott, arrives from London's Metropolitan Police and expects to have a quiet life. But then the murders begin. The first victim is Fiona Thompson, stabbed several times with a long knife on her way home from a flamenco night at Midsomer Mallow village hall - and a witness reports a mysterious squeaking noise at the scene of the crime...
The Barnaby-Troy partnership is about to come to an end, as Troy has passed his inspector's exam and is moving on. However, the murderers of Midsomer go on piling up the bodies.
Joyce Barnaby gets trapped in a fallen canal tunnel, and in getting her out seven skeletons come to light in a hidden chamber. Meanwhile, two local tearaways are shot dead in the woods at Midsomer Worthy, and a tramp called Tom is accused of the killings. While Troy looks into the shootings, Barnaby wrestles with an old mystery. And although six of the skeletons found in the tunnel date from the 18th century, one is much more recent.