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Lewis and Gray are certain that the student was attacked because of what he knew about the mysterious cremation, then discover that his father has also disappeared. In Croatia, DS Hathaway makes a surprising breakthrough.
DS Hathaway comes across the apparent suicide of a student, and a DNA sample shows a connection to the first crime scene. It seems that the killer is desperately trying to cover his tracks.
The body of a former biochemist is found beneath a Jaguar the day after his release from a sentence for drink-driving. Elsewhere, the skeletal remains of a Chinese woman are found in the attic of a college chapel. A name scratched into the car paintwork suggests a connection between the deaths.moreless
Lewis and Hathaway investigate the murder of a baby-sitter, and uncover a swingers' network. The detectives must establish whether the girl's fate is connected to her time spent in a children's home, or whether she was an unintended victim.
The embalmed body of a man who was supposedly cremated is found dumped near farmland. Meanwhile, the wife of the owner of the local crematorium has gone missing. New DC Alex Gray is assigned to assist Lewis while Hathaway recuperates on holiday.
A botanist uncovers the recently interred body of a murdered professor of English. Lewis and Hathaway discover that the dead man was obsessed by Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, and had a bitter rivalry with his brother, a professor of Theology, but their investigation is hampered by a well-meaning amateur detective, and by two students who are trying to earn a place in the Wednesday Club. The botanist worries whether her boss might somehow have been involved in the death.moreless
A professor is humiliated when an internet dating video she made is posted on a scurrilous website, and is found dead the next day, having apparently been reading about a property developer who sought to acquire land from the college. Neither the boss of the dating agency nor the website founder proves cooperative, but Lewis is unconvinced that the woman's death was a suicide. A second death appears to confirm his suspicions.moreless
Lewis and Hathaway investigate the death of a psychology research fellow, who had been given a massive dose of a powerful opiate. The dead man had been moonlighting as a psychic. Another psychic claims to have been contacted by his spirit and to be able to name the murderer.
A second psychologist has been murdered, but the principal suspects have solid alibis for the second murder. The detectives identify the source of the etorphine, and uncover a connection between the first victim and the euthanasia advocate who had been helping with their inquiries.
A visiting professor is found strangled after delivering a controversial lecture. Lewis and Hathaway have no shortage of suspects, but when one of them is also murdered, her affair with a married professor of Criminology takes the investigation in another direction.