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Midsomer Murders

Midsomer Murders

Midsomer Murders is a British television detective drama, which has been running since 1997. Originally adapted by Anthony from the Chief Inspector Barnaby book series by Caroline Graham, the stories center around DCI John Barnaby and his elder cousin DCI Tom Barnaby's efforts to solve numerous murders that take place in the idyllic village of Midsomer.

The following episodes from Seasons 1+2 were written by Anthony:

The Killings at Badger's Drift

A gentle stroll in the woods for Miss Emily Simpson ends in tragedy. To the village doctor Miss Simpson's death looks natural, but her old friend, Lucy Berringer, is unconvinced. Lucy eventually draws the unwilling Chief Inspector Barnaby into the cae. Barnaby's investigation reveals old rivalries, old loves and new scandals. Then a second horrifying killing shocks Barnaby into running the murderer to the ground.

Written in Blood
Gerald Hadleigh, secretary of a writers' circle, is found battered to death the morning after the group's meeting with best-selling novelist (and former psycho-therapist) Max Jennings. Gerald did not want to invite Max to Midsomer Worthy, and he seemed apprehensive about the visit.
Barnaby's investigations show that Gerald was a man of mystery - he had no National Insurance number, no family, and no marriage certficate to go with his wedding photographs. And it seems he had a mysterious woman visitor on the night of his death... then Max Jennings goes missing and is found dead.

Death's Shadow
Barnaby and Troy are in Badger's Drift again, this time to investigate the murder of an unpopular property developer called Richard Bayly who had been suffering from a brain tumour. Bayly had recently come up with plans to build a new housing estate in the sleepy village, despite determined local opposition, and he was killed with an Indian sword belonging to Stephen Wentworth, the local Vicar.
Another interesting factor is the recent arrival in the village of Simon Fletcher, a theatre director with unhappy childhood memories and perhaps an old grievance.

Strangler's Wood
The beautiful Brazilian, Carla Constanza, is the face of 'Carla' cigarettes. 'Carla' is a very popular brand of South American cigarettes in which Monarch Tobacco, a company based in Midsomer Worthy, has a significant stake. When, nine years after a series of unsolved murders (strangulations) at Ravens Wood in Midsomer Worthy, the young Brazilian woman is found strangled, it leads to fears that the serial killer is back in business. Barnaby and Troy look out the old files in dealing with the first new murder - and then others follow.

Dead Man's Eleven
Troy is in the Midsomer Worthy cricket eleven for the annual match against Fletchers Cross, so he is on the spot when the wife of Robert Cavendish, the Team Captain and a big local landowner, is found bludgeoned to death with a cricket bat. As often happens, the death toll mounts before the killer can be unmasked. Why should the cricket team's scorer be stabbed to death with a Nazi dagger at the following match?
Cavendish, as a mine owner, may have been responsible for the 'accidental' deaths of two of his employees in years gone by. If someone is out for revenge, who is it?
Meanwhile, a protest march to maintain footpaths across Cavendish's land finds a foot-bridge has been sabotaged, and their leader takes a ducking...