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Midsomer Murders, Series 5 (Reissue)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon December 14, 2011
Television's most murderous county is Midsomer, England, and the show has been solving multiple murders in episodes for over a decade. John Nettles, Midsomer's DCI Tom Barnaby, is the cop leading the investigation team. Expect some smiles (& LOL), a touch of romance, some awesome scenic footage of beautiful village life in England, of course crime mystery, some blood-but not too much, and a sensational support cast with always the sub-plots through relationships. If you are new to Midsomer Murders, they are based on books by Caroline Graham. And many leading British guest stars, as huge stars beg to be on an episode to kill or be killed.
I have never watched a less-than GREAT episode of Midsomer Murders.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Midsomer Murders is a fine example of British cozy mysteries (inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham), without going over the top on the gore factor. Set in the bucolic English villages in Midsomer County, the murders that occur here(at an alarmingly high rate, one might add) are in stark contrast to the serene beauty of the English countryside. The murders can be grisly, but this is often offset by the scenic country setting, and the witty dialogue (Amazon Prime members are able to view Midsomer Murders' episodes via instant download for free).

DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) leads a relatively contented life with his wife Joyce (Jane Wymark) and works for the Criminal Investigation Department. Assisted by his detective sergeant Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey), the pair find themselves going all over the county investigating the strangest and at times grisliest murders in little hamlets with innocent sounding names. Tom is a meticulous investigator and an astute observer of human nature. His methodical investigative methods and keen eye contrast with DS Troy, who is prone to making politically-incorrect statements and often blunders to the wrong conclusion regarding the identity of a particular murderer.

The episodes in Season 5 are:
Tainted Fruit - a spoilt rich brat named Melissa Townsend ends up dead, but given the victim's nature, the list of suspects is long. Barnaby and Troy investigate and make some interesting discoveries.
Market for Murder - one of my favorites. Someone is picking off the members of a women's only book club. Turns out, the book club was not about reading at all, but something else entirely.
A Worm in the Bud - Barnaby and Troy investigate the murder of a woman who was assumed to have killed herself.
Ring Out Your Dead - only in Midsomer Murders would you find an entertaining plot where bell ringers are targeted for murder.
Murder on St. Malley's Day - when the son of a prominent alumni of Devington School is killed, Barnaby and Troy investigate, and discover that the death may be linked to The Pudding Club at the school, where membership is exclusive and highly coveted.

There is a Gothic feel to many of the crimes, which is enhanced by the unique music chosen to accompany a particular episode. At times, certain scenes seem overly exaggerated, but to me, they only add to the charm of the show. This is a great example of atmospheric crime dramas with a wonderful ensemble cast and riveting storylines. Midsomer Murders will appeal to fans of British cozy mysteries, where blood and gore take a backseat to wit and humor, and the focus is on investigations set amidst a bucolic, close-knit setting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I adore Midsomer Murders! And this one features one of my favourite character actresses Lucy Punch (Eve Draper of the annoying voice) who also starred (brifely) in another favourite movie - Hot Fuzz! Village meddlers, gossip, infidelity, and murder abounds and one has great confidence that our stalwart detectives of Causton can sort out the mischief maker - but not before bodies keep turning up....dead.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2012
i fully agree with the previous reviews. while some of the plots are fanciful and the murders plentiful (soon only detectives will be alive in midsomer), the acting is superb, as is the scenery. refreshingly different from american productions, actors in this series have skin blemishes, wrinkles and bellies and houses need painting, woodwork needs scraping.... after watching a few episodes i don't feel so badly about the haphazard maintenance of me own wee house (or my pimples, wrinkles and sagging physical attributes)!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2012
How delightful that I just discovered these episodes are included with Prime Membership! I record those episodes that are available thru PBS but not all are. This alone is worth the cost of Prime. The best tv ever along with Morse and Lewis.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you like an up-to-date fairly cosy English mystery series you may want to sample Midsomer Murders. Based upon books by Caroline Graham, it follows the sleuthing of a very likable Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles)and his stalwart partner Sergeant Troy (Daniel Casey). You get to know his wife Joyce ( Jane Wymark) and his daughter Cully, (Laura Howard). But most of the time you follow Barnaby around to the bucolic villages and towns of central England as he finds out why seemingly perfectly normal villagers might inspire each other to murder. Most of the murders aren't too grisly, so you will sleep at night. I watch these for scenery as much as anything else.

Plots summarized by the producers of this series:

Tainted Fruit—A wealthy young landlady fears for her life after she callously ignores the plight of an elderly tenant.
Market for Murder—A ladies’ reading group in Midsomer Market starts losing members to murder.
A Worm in the Bud—A suspicious suicide note has Barnaby wondering if foul play was involved in a young woman’s death.
Ring Out Your Dead—Someone starts killing members of the church bell-ringing team just before a big competition.
Murder on St. Malley’s Day—Members of an elite student club close ranks after a murder at the Devington School.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2014
I love the earlier seasons of this this series. Love the setting in the small English country towns with the often elegant homes and superb scenery. Story lines are well developed. Episodes always hold my attention to the end ( which I can't say for all mystery series) and the culprit often turns out to be a character I least suspected. Glad I found it at a reasonable price. .
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on June 23, 2015
Midsomer has been a favorite of mine ever since the A & E Channel used to show it in the '90's. I can say this, I would not go live in Midsomer County ever.Those people wait all their lives before they start killing off the ones they hate. AND, most of the time it is for stupid reasons. The men and women don't care about being with one partner, they have to "bonk" every man and woman and have children with whoever and lie about it until the offspring are 30 years old before they tell the truth. BUT I LOVE THIS SERIES AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO DID IT IS TOUGH! One for instance is DESTROYING ANGEL. Turns one on his or her head to keep up with whodunit. Cinnamon
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on June 12, 2012
I love Midsomer Murders! Best British show I have seen in a long time. Netflix used to have all the episodes but deleted all but season 11 and 12. That alone has caused me to consider cancelling with Netflix and stay an Amazon Prime Member. Now if only Amazon would add instant streaming to smart phones through an app! The Midsomer Murder acting is wonderful and I hope to watch all the seasons on Amazon. I have watched Season 1 through 12 over and over and thoroughly enjoy the episodes.
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on July 2, 2014
One of the berst series I have ever seen. We just can't get enough of this series. I want to watch it 24/7.
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