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In the Guise of Death 

Havers and Lynley have taken different paths to Cornwall, but end up at the same destination - a barn containing an apparent suicide and a lot of money.


Nigel Douglas


Simon Block, Elizabeth George (character)



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Episode complete credited cast:
Doug Rollins Doug Rollins ... Stephen Fenner
Sally Leonard Sally Leonard ... Moira
Nathaniel Parker ... Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley
Kelly Hunter ... Judith Lynley
Adrian Bower ... DC Tremayne
Doug Allen ... Lachlan
Sharon Small ... Barbara Havers
Gabrielle Drake ... Lady Asherton
Stella Gonet Stella Gonet ... Lady Sarah Keach
Bernice Stegers ... Denning
Nick Dunning Nick Dunning ... Lawrence Chilcott
Alex Blake ... PC
Paul Ireland ... Connor
Devon Black Devon Black ... Mrs. Tremayne
Phil Cheadle ... Chilcott's Solicitor


DI Lynley is visiting the family estate with his sister. Lynley is concerned that his mother may not be able to run the place on her own. As he debates whether to continue his police career or return to Cornwall permanently, he studiously avoids having to tell his mother that he and Helen are separated after the loss of the baby. Havers is also in the area on leave and attending a rehab center. They're soon drawn in by the local police to assist with the suspicious death of Stephen Fenner who is found hanging in his barn. The post-mortem reveals that he was drugged and the suspicious death is soon a murder investigation. Fenner had recently been on the wrong end of a business deal having bought a lame racehorse. The investigation reveals however that there is a smuggling ring operating along the Cornish coast and Fenner may have been involved. A key suspect and a police officer will die however before Lynley and Havers identify the ringleader. Written by garykmcd

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Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: I just sense there's more to him than meets the eye.
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: With due respect Sir, you sensing that Lachlan's behind this all isn't the same as evidence that he actually is.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Fair point.
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Lynley at home
21 October 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

DI Lynley is home on the family estate, concerned for his mother, who is attempting to run the place on her own. He considers quitting the force. He also doesn't tell his mother that Helen has left him, hopefully temporarily.

Havers is in the area as well, at a rehab center (presumably for her shoulder injury from the shooting), and soon, the local police ask for their help in a death by hanging -- the man was drugged, and it has become a murder investigation. The two soon uncover a smuggling ring and there's another death. Also, one person is not as he seems.

Good mystery. I love how Havers takes in Lynley's bad humor and then does just what she wants anyway. That seems to be a recurring theme, and it makes their relationship not only realistic but fun for the viewer. She's very headstrong, and he can't intimidate or scare her. He could scare me, though, despite his good looks.


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