Midsomer Murders

Season 5 Episode 1

Market for Murder

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Jun 16, 2002 on ITV
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In the beautiful village of Midsomer Market someone is killing the members of a ladies' reading circle. Barnaby finds the little society was really a cover for something quite different - the ladies had been operating a secret investment consortium, and there had been fierce disagreements between them about the cashing in of profits. How exactly does Harry Painter, a disgraced currency trader now working in the village as a swimming pool cleaner, fit into the picture, and what exactly is the motive for the murders?

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  • Strange deaths are happening in the village of Midsomer Market - strange because, on the surface at least, there is no motive for them.

    5.5
    A ladies reading circle seems a pretty harmless activity and certainly no threat to anyone, so why then do members of this group suddenly start turning up dead?



    Barnaby and Troy have little togo on when they investigate the murders which seem to have little to connect them except the reading circle, which seems a highly unlikely reason to be killing people, but there are some suspicious things about the group, for example, they have been reading the same book for quite some time and they are very secretive about the entire business. When Barnaby and Troy discover that the reading circle is a cover for a very slick investment portfolio operation and that some members wanted to cash in their money, they think they may be on to something.



    This episode is a little bit like the second episode, 'Written In Blood', which is a shame but a fine performance by Barbara Leigh Hunt makes it worth watching.moreless
Jesse Birdsall

Jesse Birdsall

Harry Painter

Guest Star

Eamon Geoghegan

Eamon Geoghegan

Barman

Guest Star

Serena Gordon

Serena Gordon

Ginny Sharp

Guest Star

Jane Wymark

Jane Wymark

Joyce Barnaby

Recurring Role

Barry Jackson

Barry Jackson

Dr Bullard

Recurring Role

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    • Possible suspects:
      Marjorie Empson - The boisterous hostess of the 'reading club', hopelessly addicted to her deceased husband.
      Ginny Sharp - Flirtatious, yet insecure member of the 'reading club', whom takes a strong dislike towards Marjorie.
      Lady Lavinia Chetwood - Despite her name, a rather scruffy-looking lady and member of the 'reading club'.
      Tamsin Proctor - Shy member of the 'reading club'.
      Sandra Bradshaw - Nerdy member of the 'reading club' who sorts out the mathematical problems, and secretary at the local doctor's.
      Lord James Chetwood - Lavinia's hyperchondriac husband who secretly takes a liking to Ginny Sharp.
      Selwyn Proctor - Tamsin's mean husband.
      Dr. Rupert Bradshaw - The village doctor and husband of Sandra.
      Harry Painter - Village pool cleaner.
      Vera Hopkins - A mild friend of Marjorie's.

    • The murder victims:
      1. Marjorie Emson - multiple blows to head
      2. Ginny Sharp - knocked out and drowned
      3. Lady Chetwood - pushed off roof

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