A traditional festival at Midsomer Parva where legends of witchcraft and burnings abound brings about a nasty case of murder when a local preacher is burned alive inside a straw effigy of a woman which was to be one of the main focuses of the festival. It's obviously a clear case of murder, after all, he couldn't have put himself inside the effigy!
Things literally heat up when another preacher, this time the gay lover of the first victim is also burned alive, but supposedly of spontaneous combustion which George Bullard very quickly denounces as being totally ridiculous.
When there is a third victim, the young local school teacher, Barnaby has to work very fast before she is followed by more.
Watch this one and see if you can work out who the killer is before the school teacher dies.