Barnaby & Troy discover that Hadleigh was a man of mystery, with no National Insurance number, no relatives and no marriage certficate to match the wedding photo on display in his house.
When another body is found, they have a double murder on their hands.
Then, soon after being diagnosed with a brain tumor, a property developer in the village is savagely murdered with an Indian sword belonging to a vicar.
Barnaby & Troy investgate the crime, trying to discover if it was motivated by ill-feeling in the village about his plans for property development or some longer buried secrets.
Tessa Peake-Jones [ Sarah Lawton ], Roger Allam [ Alan Hollingsworth ], Michele Dotrice [ Felicity Buckley ], Paul Brooke [ Nigel Anderson ], Rosalind Ayres [ Doreen Anderson ], Eleanor Summerfield [ Elfrida Molfrey ], Peter Jones [ Bunny Dawlish ], Paul Chapman [ Reg Buckley ], Sophie Stanton [ Brenda Buckley ], Mark Bazeley [ Gary Patterson ], Alwyne Taylor [ Dr Catherine Bullard ], Andrew Powell [ Vince Perry ], David Daker [ Harry Vellacott ], Tom Mullion [ Freddy ], Ann Queensberry [ Hermione ], Neville Phillips [ Richard ], Lesley Vickerage [ Simone Hollingsworth ] An investigation into the finances of a village community crafts center takes a sinister turn when the wife of the center's owner disappears and a neighbor is murdered.
Miles Anderson [ Guy Gamelin ], Diane Bull [ Heather Beavers ], Judy Cornwell [ May Cuttle ], Colin Farrell [ Ken Beavers ], Michael Feast [ Ian Craigie ], Stephen Moyer [ Christopher Wainwright ], Susan Tracy [ Felicity Gamelin ], Charles Kay [ Arno Gibbs ], Robert Pickavance [ William Carter ], Daniel Hart [ Tim Riley ], Tilly Blackwood [ Trixie Channing ], Anna Bolt [ Suhami/Sylvie Gamelin ], Mary Healey [ Mrs Cook ], Graham Turner [ Raymond Jennings ], Dolly Wells [ Ava Rokeby ], Ashley Artus [ Terry Lightfoot ], Caroline Lintott [ Researcher ], Jon Glover [ TV interviewer ], Geoffrey Beevers [ Newscaster ], Siobhan O'Carroll [ Waitress ] Joyce Barnaby, Cully Barnaby, Dr George Bullard One of the founders of a new-age commune, The Lodge of the Golden Wind Horse, dies in a fall down the stairs, apparently accidentally.
Barnaby & Troy gradually find themselves caught up in a succession of sinister murders.
Richard Johnson [ James Fitzroy ], Jennifer Hilary [ Sarah Fitzroy ], Dominic Mafham [ Grahame Tranter ], Diane Fletcher [ Marcia Tranter ], Sarah Winman [ Kate Tranter ], James Bolam [ Ronald Pringle ], Janet Dale [ Betty Pringle ], Jeanne Hepple [ Linda Wagstaff ], Peter Bayliss [ Tramp ], Jane Wood [ Cathy Gurdie ], Toby Jones [ Dan Peterson (pathologist) ], Simon Mc Burney [ Henry Carstairs ], Fred Ridgeway [ Ben Gurdie ], Tom Smith [ Billy Gurdie ], Jonie Broom [ Dave Hedges ], Patricia Valentine [ Sandra ], Arlene Cockburn [ Charlotte ], David Maybrick [ Policeman ], Shenagh Govan [ Matron ], Frank Mills [ Fred Rodale ], Eve Pearce [ Lady Bracknell ], Grant Gillespie [ Jack Worthing ], Simon Greiff [ Director ] Joyce Barnaby, Cully Barnaby DCI Barnaby returns from a holiday in France to discover an unidentified tramp has been beaten to death in the woods near the village of Marshwood.
While he was away, Supt Ronald Pringle, just before his retirement, quickly arrested a local young man.
But Barnaby suspects that he is innocent, which is only reinforced when there is an apparent suicide at the same spot, and tries to uncover the connection before there can be further a further murder.
Phyllis Calvert [ Alice Bly ], Nigel Davenport [ William Smithers ], Geoffrey Bayldon [ Arthur Prewitt ], Mary Wimbush [ Marjorie 'George' Watson ], Gudrun Ure [ Celia Armstrong ], Angela Down [ Pru Bennett ], Colin Tiernay [ Mungo Mortimer ], Clive Wood [ Dr Clive Warnford ], Deborah Findlay [ Hilary Richards ], Carolyn Pickles [ Sister Lovelace ], Miranda Kingsley [ Nurse Bartlett ], Mali Harries [ Nurse O'Casey ], Sam Beazley [ Cyril Toft ], Matyelok Gibbs [ Muriel Harrap ], Georgine Anderson [ Madge Fielding ], Daphne Goddard [ Miss Laybourne ], Arthur Cox [ Landlord ], Cyril Shaps [ Jeweller ], Caroline John [ Florist ], Sarah Ball [ Shop assistant ], Katherine Tozer [ Hotel receptionist ], David Killick [ Waiter ] Joyce Barnaby, Cully Barnaby With a week off work to redecorate part of his house, DCI Barnaby also visits his elderly aunt, Alice Bly, who is convalescing in the Lawnside residential nursing home for the elderly in Aspern Tallow, and she prompts him to investigate a series of suspicious deaths there, after people have changed their wills. Patricia Brake [ Anne Quarritch ], Cheryl Campbell [ Sandra Mc Killop ], James Laurenson [ James Tate ], Sylvestra Le Touzel [ Linda Marquis ], David Robb [ Charles Mc Killop ], Prunella Scales [ Eleanor Bunsall ], Charles Simon [ Marcus Lowrie ], Malcolm Sinclair [ Alan Bradford ], Roger Sloman [ Ralph Bailey ], Ed Waters [ Nicholas, 'Nico', Bentley ], Alwyne Taylor [ Dr Catherine Bullard ], Chris Stanton [ Vicar ] Joyce Barnaby, Cully Barnaby, Dr George Bullard, PC Angel The slashing of a 17th-century painting in Aspern Tallow museum appears to herald the start of a series of ghostly manifestations by the ghost of Jonathan Lowrie.