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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.
Nick Cheney was once a successful director, but he has now ended up mainly directing low-budget films. We meet him as he is directing The Scarlet Pimpernel at Magna Manor. A former convict, Jed Norris, has been hired as a security guard on the film set, and one night he finds the director dead, beheaded by the use of a guillotine.moreless
When a member of the local camera club is brutally strangled, all leads point to one suspect - Barnaby! Barnaby is suspended, but gets covert help from Jones to try prevent the real killer from striking again.