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Midsomer Murders 17 Seasons

Season 12
4.9 out of 5 stars (54) IMDb 7.7/10

The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, the series stars John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby with Jason Hughes as DS Ben Jones.

John Nettles, Jason Hughes

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Season 12

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1. The Dogleg Murders

A peaceful afternoon on the links turns fatal when a man is bludgeoned at the notoriously difficult 13th hole. The crime scene is a high-status local golf club that has long stirred up resentments between the moneyed members and villagers clamoring for a taste of luxury. Barnaby's investigation sees him coping with haughty club members, sibling rivalry, and the icy Elaine Fountain--the club's wealthy and domineering manager.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes Release date: March 19, 2009

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2. The Black Book

When a painting by a celebrated landscape artist Henry Hogson goes up for auction, art dealers descend upon the village. Local collectors are outraged when the work sells to an out-of-towner for a princely sum. Soon after, a brutal murderer begins targeting the Midsomer art world. Further complicating the case, the usually collected Barnaby becomes besotted with a pretty art teacher with a dubious past.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes Release date: March 26, 2009

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3. Secrets and Spies

Something is killing sheep in Midsomer Parva, and whispers abound that it's the mysterious "Beast of Midsomer". Meanwhile, Barnaby's former career in espionage comes to light after he reluctantly agrees to officiate at a cricket match in Midsomer Parva. The situation turns sinister when the beast moves on to human prey, leading Barnaby to believe that the killings are connected to a Cold War grudge.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes Release date: July 7, 2009

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4. The Glitch

Software magnate Clinton Finn funds the construction of a new building for a local school, but not everyone is impressed with his generosity. George Jeffers claims the air-traffic control program he created for Finn is defective and possibly deadly, but the millionaire American insists they press on with the lucrative product. After several people are killed, the detectives must discern who had the most to gain by withholding information about the faulty software.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes Release date: July 21, 2009

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5. Small Mercies

The village of Little Worth draws tourists with its elaborate model village. Then the body of Richard Tanner turns up bound on the model with string and pegs like a passage from Gulliver's Travels.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes Release date: September 20, 2009

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6. The Creeper

The cat burglar called Creeper puts residents on high alert while the Chettham family secrets come to light. When a man is suffocated and robbed at party, it seems the Creeper has turned killer. Barnaby receives unexpected aid to uncover the truth.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes Release date: September 27, 2009

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7. The Great and the Good

Educator Connie Bishop suffers from nightmares. But has she been imagining an intruder in her home or is he real? When a politician dies in her garden, it confirms her worst fears. As Barnaby investigates, another man dies. Is Connie victim or killer?

TV-NR CC Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes Release date: October 4, 2009

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By David Bower VINE VOICE on May 6, 2012
Season 12 includes a wide variety of murderous events which must be solved by the intrepid team of Tom Barnaby, played by John Nettles, and Ben Jones, played by Jason Hughes. It is a worthy continuation of this fine series of British detective shows which have charmed so many.

Although I would expect those who are reading this to be familiar with the characters and the setting I will briefly summarize the key points about this series. The stories take place in the fictional county of Midsomer, England. The major city in the area is Causton where Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby has his office. Causton is surrounded by a series of around 56 smaller villages where most of the stories take place. The scenery is usually very lovely English villages and countryside which alone is of interest. Tom is married to a patient, and mostly understanding wife named Joyce, played by Jane Wymark, who is fascinated by the lovely villages surrounding Causton. Tom and Joyce have one daughter, Cully (named after the lake in Switzerland where she was conceived) played by Laura Howard. Tom, Joyce, and Cully are interesting and sympathetic characters who would be welcome in most communities; the kind of people you might like to have living next door.

This season is followed by season 13 (there are a total of 15 seasons to date) in which John Nettles plays the role of DCI Tom Barnaby in the first four episodes and then "retires." He is replaced by John Barnaby, Tom's cousin from Brighton, played by Neil Dudgeon. All told there have been a total of 90 episodes and 2 Christmas Specials not all of which are yet available in the United States.

The series has a world-wide popularity and should appeal to all who appreciate a good British detective mystery.
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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 (FYI - Amazon Prime members are able to view Midsomer Murders' episodes Seasons 1-10 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, 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 his Detective Sergeants (over the course of the series, several actors portray Tom's DS), who are typically wet behind the ear, and prone to arriving at erroneous conclusions.

The episodes in Season 12 are:
The Dogleg Murders
The Black Book
Secrets and Spies
The Glitch

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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I watch TV shows for their characters and decent storylines. Clearly, good acting is important to achieve both of those elements with any panache. As always, Midsomer Murders captures a charming and delightful approach to criminal investigation. Tom Barnaby IS the show, however, and with his departure in season 20 I realized I won't be continuing to buy every season as it comes out on DVD (pre-ordering in fact which I don't do for anything else!). Anyway, back to this season of Midsomer--while there is always an occasional episode that isn't stellar throughout the history of the show, there is never one that is less than enjoyable and if you've liked most of the seasons before this one, you won't be disappointed.

Midsomer has wonderful production values, amazingly well-known special guest stars, and has an elemental of humorous charm in the character of Inspector Tom Barnaby. One of the things I most like about all of the Midsomer seasons is that I can rewatch them and feel like I am surrounded by intelligent and comforting friends. The complexity of characters and the motives that drive the murders always leaves me feeling like I enjoyed it as much the second or third time. And the feel-good ending of each and every episode is the final piece of magic that Midsomer brings to its viewers.
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DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) works his way through 7 more mysteries. Killers are never in short supply in Midsomer.

In The Dogleg Murders, a fancy golf club is the scene of the crime as the haves don’t want the have-nots on their fairway. A golf club proves a handy weapon.
In The Black Book the art world is excited at the prospect of more art by a dead artist. The problem is he didn’t paint them. And someone is willing to torture and kill over this secret.
Secrets and Spies has retired agents still trying to ferret out a double-crosser in their midst. Old grudges never go away.
The Glitch proves worth killing over but not for the reasons everyone expects.
Small Mercies features a model village with an oversized body in its square, pegged down like Gulliver. Dead as a door-nail. No one was sad to see him expire.
The Creeper is a cat burglar with an odd sense of humor and justice. But is the burglar also a murderer?
The Great and the Good deals with a school teacher with a penchant for walking in her sleep. When a body, then two, shows up on her property people begin to wonder if she’s doing more than just wandering in the night.

These seven murders are as inventive as ever with weaponry running the gamut from a corkscrew to a prehistoric skull with very long teeth. Always fun and fascinating, I love this series.
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