Poor Joyce Barnaby has no luck with her hobbies. No sooner does she join a painting group, than an artist is murdered just a few feet from where she is sitting. Matters become complicated when it turns out that the apparently elderly lady artist who was murdered was actually a young woman in disguise.
To his chagrin, Tom Barnaby is taken off the case and has to pursue bag-snatchers, while Troy remains on the case. However, it soon becomes evident to Barnaby that the bag-snatching and the murder may be linked. The presence in the village of a known bank robber looks suspicious too.
This is the funniest ever episode of Midsomer Murders. There are some very good supporting characters, particularly the drunken bank manager contemplating the closure of his bank, and Leslie Philips does a wonderful comic turn as the eccentric colonel with a weakness for the ladies.
I do wonder though whether poor Joyce Barnaby will ever find a hobby she can pursue safely without murder being involved.