The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Set 5
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Detective Inspector Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and Detective Sergeant Havers (Sharon Small), Elizabeth George s crime-cracking duo from opposite sides of the track, are back in four intriguing new mysteries. The fifth series begins with Lynley suspended from duty for alleged police brutality, and Havers with a new boss. Can they still function as a team, now that they re apart?
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In the first episode, Lynley faces disciplianry repercussions from his actions in the last episode of the previous series. As a result, Havers has been bouncing around working with other DI's. The first episode is the humourous of the four. Havers finds herself working with a pregnant DI that likes officers that takes charge, which like it or not, Havers usually does anyway. It's comical to see the relationship take a turn, when the DI has to be hosptilized and Lynley, whom has already ingratiated his way into the case, is assigned by Knight to work for now Acting DI Havers.
The last three episodes are back in London and have that dark, gritty feel to them. Lynley picks up the relationship with his wife Helen, whom returns in the persona of another actress, one that is not only completely different in appearance, but also in demeanor. I don't usually enjoy when a character is replaced by another, but since the character of Helen hadn't been around for several episodes, it really didn't bother me this time, though I was scratching my head for several minutes wondering who this new woman was, though she was called Helen by Lynley. Perhaps, Lesley Vickarage had other contractual obligations, wanted too much money, or simply didn't wish to return to the role. Either way, the new actress did a fine job, I thought. At least, she seemed to have less of a snooty attitude and seemed to be more in charge of her life than the previous actress had tried to portray.
Sadly, in the last episode of this series, tradegy befalls Lynley again. And when this happens, I can't wonder where on earth his family was when he needed them? Doesn't he have a mother, sister and brother? Where are they? I understand that for such a quick ending, the producers may not want to bring other actors in, but there wasn't even mention made of why he was all alone in the end when such a tradegy occurred.
This series does a good job of moving forward. Havers and Lynley no doubt have beat the odds of not lasting in their working relationship, and their friendship continues to develop through mutual respect and admiration. They have no problems referring to each other as a friend.If you enjoyed the other episodes of this show, or are new to the show, or just a fan of the genre, I highly recommend obtaining this one for your shelf. This show had so much going for it. I can't believe that they won't be bringing it back.
In "Natural Causes", Lynley is on suspension, and Havers has been paired with an unctious and very pregnant female DCI. Havers and her new partner will investigate the apparent suicide of a young environmental activist. When the case proves to be a complicated murder, a frustrated Lynley pitches in and goes way out on a limb to help solve the case. At episode's end, he will face a reinstatement board.
In "One Guilty Deed", the two detectives are assigned a murder case in a down-at-heel seaside resort once frequented by Havers as a child. Lynley and Havers must work out housekeeping arrangements in a crowded trailer while wrestling clues out of uncooperative locals. The disappearance of a young boy years prior turns out to be the key to the present crime. Havers' success at finding the connection leaves her dangerously vulnerable to the killer.
In "Chinese Walls", Lynley and Havers plunge into the internet porn industry to solve the murder of a young barrister, while Lynley resurrects his relationship with his estranged wife Helen, played in this set by a new actress.
In "Blink of an Eye", Lynley and Havers work the murder of a burnt-out war photographer turned papparatzi, whose past may have caught up with him. The suspects include a magazine publisher, a limo driver, an ex-para, and the photographer's Bosnian ward, all of whom had motive and opportunity. Lynley pulls in Helen to profile the killer and assist in the questioning, with tragic results at the conclusion of the episode.
"Inspector Lynley Set Five" offers everything we have come to expect in this series: tough, complex crimes with few clues and messy solutions; location shooting that adds depth to the stories; and crackling good give-and-take between Lynley and Havers as they work the cases. This set is very highly recommended to fans of the series as excellent entertainment.