DCI Banks breaks the news of his brother's murder to their parents. He clashes with DI Morton, who reasons he is too close to the case to lead the investigation, but the pair must put aside their differences as they attempt to trace the escort Carmen, who appears to have a connection to both victims. The evidence the pregnant escort provides leads the detectives to a horrific realisation.moreless
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
Walker is assigned to investigate the discovery of a 17-year-old skeleton, which he isn't too happy about - especially as he's working with D.I. North's ex-boyfriend. They soon discover more skeletons buried at the house.moreless
Dr Burgess, on his way home from a party at the glamorous Francesca Ward's riding school, knocks a stranger down in the road at Newton Magna, and the stranger mysteriously vanishes. Barnaby identifies the missing man as Sean O'Connell, a disgraced Irish vet, then he recognizes the village's new squire as Melvyn Stockard, a retired villain. A body found in a well proves to be the father of the man Stockard's daughter is about to marry... everyone knows he was against the marriage, but is Stockard a killer, and where does the missing Irishman fit in?