Barnarby & Troy's suspicions are aroused further when they learn that Mrs Bennett disappeared mysteriously some years before.
Philip Bowen [ Gregory Chambers ], Samantha Bond [ Suzanna Chambers ], Robert Lang [ Woody Pope ], Rosemary Leach [ Evelyn Pope ], Tom Ward [ Tristan Goodfellow ], Abigail Mc Kern [ Julia Gooders ], Jonathan Coy [ Kenneth Gooders ], Adie Allen [ Annie Tyson ], Tony Haygarth [ Matthew Tyson ], Madeleine Worrall [ Clarice Opperman ], Roger Frost [ Colin Slater ], Edward Jewesbury [ Karl Wainwright ], Glen Berry [ Ben ], Niamh Daly [ Denise Daly ], Caroline Holdaway [ Florence ], Gordon Langford-Rowe [ Peter ], Maggie Mc Carthy [ Hilda ], Richard Syms [ Mr Bream ], Julia West [ Mrs Bream ], Nigel Betts [ Sergeant ], Lisa Ellis [ Junior cook ], Ben Mac Leod [ Boy ], Jon Rake [ Builder ], Shuna Snow [ Nurse ] Joyce Barnaby, Dr George Bullard Karl Wainwright, the owner of Easterly Grange Hotel has recently died and left the establishment to four people.
The trail leads them to a local cigarette and tobacco company and two of its employees in particular.
The Portuguese au-pair of one of them is then murdered.
Rowena Cooper [ Tilly Dinsdale ], John Duttine [ Will Saxby ], Elizabeth Garvie [ Muriel Saxby ], Tricia George [ Jenny Bridges ], Paul Jesson [ Hector Bridges ], Phyllida Law [ Felicity Dinsdale ], Kevin Mc Nally [ Orville Trudway ], Honeysuckle Weeks [ Fleur Bridges ], Ian Thompson [ Peter Fairfax ], Daniel Betts [ Steffan Miller ], Jerome Willis [ John Smith ], Nick Moran [ Michael Smith ], Elizabeth Thomas [ Rachel Smith ], David Allister [ Major Henry Tomkinson ], Francis Lee [ Shop assistant ] Joyce Barnaby, Cully Barnaby, Dr George Bullard When an unpleasant and unpopular local magistrate, Hector Bridges, is found shot dead in his house, investigations uncover that his wife was married to one of their neighbours, Will Saxby, and Saxby's current wife used to be Mrs Bridges, his daughter, Fleur, is really Saxby's daughter, and a new-age traveller, Orville Trudway, who has recently moved into the village was an old army comrade with a grude against him.
Things are complicated still further by the presence of a group of travelers on the village common, who proceed to hold a horse-race.
When another body is found, they have a double murder on their hands.
Sarah Badel [ Rosa Carmichael ], Janine Duvitski [ Deirdre Tibbs ], Bernard Hepton [ Harold Winstanley ], Geoffrey Hutchings [ Colin Smy ], Richard Huw [ Tim Young ], Nicholas Le Prevost [ Esslyn Carmichael ], Angela Pleasence [ Doris Winstanley ], Ed Waters [ Nicholas, 'Nico', Bentley ], Nick Woodeson [ Avery Phillips ], Denyse Alexander [ Agnes Gray ], Ian Fitzgibbon [ David Smy ], Debra Stephenson [ Kitty Carmichael ], Vivienne Moore [ Jenny Evers ], John Cater [ Mr Tibbs ], Hilary Crane [ Mrs Maddox ], Robert Mc Intosh [ Charles Makepeace ], Patricia Heneghan [ Peggy Marshall ], Michael Cronin [ Emperor Joseph ], Elizabeth Tyrrell [ Elderly lady ], Megan Fisher [ WPC Hitchens ], Eunice Roberts [ TV announcer ], Sonya Walger [ Becky Smith ], Alan Leith [ Mr Green ], Iain Fraser [ Constable ], Catherine Bott [ Solo voice ] PC Angel In the village of Ferne Basset, an elderly resident is found drowned after a violent attack.
Meanwhile, at the Corn Exchange in Causton, a local amateur dramatic production of Amadeus reveals a backstage world of intrigue, passion & gossip - and a whole new meaning to the term corpsing when there is a second murder.
Jane Booker [ Laura Hutton ], Joanna David [ Amy Lyddiard ], Anna Massey [ Honoria Lyddiard ], Judith Scott [ Sue Clapper ], John Shrapnel [ Max Jennings ], Una Stubbs [ Selina Jennings ], Robert Swann [ Gerald Hadleigh ], David Troughton [ Brian Clapper ], Annoushka Le Gallois [ Barbara Neale ], Marlene Sidaway [ Mrs Bundy ], Nancy Lodder [ Edie Carter ], Daniel Newman [ Tom Carter ], Marcus Rogers [ Denzel ], Zoot Lynam [ Collar ], Mark Bagnall [ Boreham ], John Bardon [ Mr Belgrove ], Jacqueline Morgan [ Miss Panter ], Timothy Bateson [ James Jocelyne ], Jay Barrymore [ Liam ], Murray Ewan [ Liam's father ], Paul Putner [ Policeman 2 ], David Maybrick [ Policeman 3 ], Brian Parr [ Mr Baker ], Bryan Burdon [ Barman ] PC Angel Gerald Hadleigh, the secretary of the writers circle in the quiet village of Midsomer Worthy, was never in favor of invitating the best-selling novelist Max Jennings to attend one of their meetings.
When Hadleigh is found dead the following morning, brutally battered to death, the other members of the circle wish they had heeded his reluctance.