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Midsomer Murders: Barnaby's Casebook
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WHAT EVIL LURKS BEYOND THE WELL-TRIMMED HEDGES OF MIDSOMER...
The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries. The smash hit series stars John Nettles (Bergerac) as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, a dogged investigator and devoted family man, unflappable in the face of the macabre crimes and eccentric characters he encounters on the job.
Inspired by the characters of novelist Caroline Graham, these 17 mysteries see the promotion of Barnaby s earnest assistant, Sergeant Troy (Daniel Casey, The Wingless Bird), and the arrival of his brash replacement, Sergeant Dan Scott (John Hopkins, Love in a Cold Climate). Guest stars include Hugh Bonneville, Gemma Jones, Honor Blackman, John Standing, Freddie Jones, Susan Wooldridge, Phoebe Nicholls, Stella Gonet, and Henry Ian Cusick.
THE MYSTERIES INCLUDE:
Ring Out Your Dead,
Murder on St. Malley s Day,
Market for Murder,
A Worm in the Bud,
A Talent for Life,
Death and Dreams,
Painted in Blood,
A Tale of Two Hamlets,
Birds of Prey,
The Green Man,
The Fisher King,
Sins of Commission,
The Maid in Splendour,
The Straw Woman,
Ghosts of Christmas Past,
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE John Nettles interview, essays by star John Nettles and co-creator Betty Willingale, Midsomer map, production notes, Caroline Graham biography, and cast filmographies.
Plus two exclusive bonus discs: Map of Midsomer Murders, a behind-the-scenes documentary hosted by John Nettles, and Super Sleuths, a documentary about the show s first decade.
Set contains 19 discs (including bonus programs); approx. 28 hours. Mysteries previously released on DVD as Sets Four, Six, Seven, and Eight, the original U.K. broadcast order.
Top Customer Reviews
That about describes the setting of "Midsomer Murders," a morbidly witty British mystery series based on Caroline Graham's novels. And "Midsomer Murders: Barnaby's Casebook" brings together the the next round of seventeen cases in this cozy, dark little county, drawing from the fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth seasons of the series. It's a great half'n'half combo of police procedural and cozy mystery.
Snotty society beauty Melissa Townsend is receiving some threatening letters, apparently because of the death of a tenant that stemmed from her neglect. Then she's found stabbed with a syringe filled with animal tranquilizers. Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (John Nettles) starts investigating the murder, especially the possible involvement of Melissa's best friend (and a bit more), a drunk driving case, and secret blackmail. And more murders, of course.
From there on, Barnaby and his assistant, Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey), are forced to investigate all sorts of crimes -- a group of bell-ringers that are being bumped off, a prestigious boarding school with a deadly secret, a farmer's wife's apparent suicide, a vibrant but obnoxious widow's murder, a bizarrely complex murder tied to a mental hospital, a dead body found during an art class, an investor found dead in a river, and an old-as-dirt feud between two halves of a Midsomer town, which may hold the key to a series of deaths on the set of new movie "The House Of Satan."
Then Troy receives a promotion, and does one last case with Barnaby: a gentle recluse in the woods is implicated in the murder of his late tormentor.Read more ›
Kudo's to the producers, directors and music director. What a fabulous job they do in creating all the stories and putting them together. I love the Midsomer theme song.
Regulars, like loving wife Joyce (Jane Wymark), great cook, companion, and in charge of lightening the story with homespun gentleness, is offset with another, Barnaby's dialogue/murder solving companion, Troy (Daniel Casey), who adds comedy--YES I said comedy--to each episode with his expressions, statements, and unusual additions to crime scene clues. He is eventually replaced during this box set's episodes by Sgt. Scott (John Hopkins) without detriment.
Show guest stars make this a fresh dynamic series each time. One of my favorite was Gemma Jones whom I come to love as "The Duchess of Duke Street" (highly recommended sets) who was cast in "Ring Out Your Dead", a bell tower murder, well actually 5 murders and one additional attempt, high volume even for Midsomer County. With every episode, predicting Who Dun It? is impossible. Just try!
Multiple murders in every episode are a trademark, intended from the very beginning, by the writers/producers to make Midsomer Murders unique. That it is! And no swearing, but plenty of good family murder mystery--the murder almost never seen, just the moments up to the kill, and then of course the body. How many ways can a person be murdered? Midsomer keeps finding new ones.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful Britsh Mystery series that tops my list. I would recommend to any British mystery fan or a first time viewer.Published 2 months ago by Katey
These movies are so refreshing because there is so much "meat" within each one. It is nice to know that Barnaby has a family that he GOES home to at the end of the day,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steven E Annala
We love the stories of the Casebook series. Only had one glitch in one of the discs, a short delay in picture and voice. Otherwise enjoyed everything.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Oh to be in England... But not exactly in Midsomer, just in case yet another murder is about to take place! I love these shows! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lost in the wood