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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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24 March 2005 (UK) See more »

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Mrs. Tremayne: Tell me, Inspector Lynley: How do I tell my children that the daddy they had breakfast with yesterday is gone forever?
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: I don't know.
Mrs. Tremayne: No? Neither do I.
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Followed by The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Word of God (2005) See more »

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Good drama, not such good police work
9 March 2014 | by yerwan1See all my reviews

The mystery was very good, mysterious happenings in a coastal village of Cornwall. Lynley and Havers are especially interesting this episode, reconnecting after Havers has been on leave, and with both visiting Lynley's family. The acting is all around excellent. There are interesting and shady characters that may have motives that Lynley and Havers try to deduce and then tie together to solve the case. I would give this an 8 or a 9 except for Lynley being incredibly stupid, putting himself in harm's way not once but twice for no reason other than to have a silly melodramatic conclusion. Still, up until then it's a satisfying and well-written and well-acted drama.

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