Recap / Inspector Lynley S 02 E 04 Deception On His Mind

Lynley: [trying to comfort Havers] Sometimes people let you down.

Balford, Essex: Hatham Qureshi, a man of Pakistani-origin, is found dead on the beach. It appears that he fell to his death from the high embankment, but inexplicably, his body was found inside a folly on the beach, some 50 metres from where he would have fallen.

With Lynley away on his honeymoon, Havers is on leave from the police force, doing nothing better than entertaining her young neighbour Hadiyyah. When she learns that Hadiyyah's father, Azhar Taymullah, will be going to Balford with Hadiyyah, Havers decides to try and get on to the case for an excuse for being at Balford. She rings up DI Emily Barlow, a former colleague who is in charge of the Qureshi investigation, and is welcomed on board.

Through her investigation, Havers learns that Qureshi was a homosexual. He was nonetheless engaged to Shala Malik, the daughter of prominent businessman Akram Malik. It seems that several members of the Malik family had a motive to kill Qureshi. Shala's brother, Muneer, resented Qureshi because he was afraid that Qureshi would inherit Akram Malik's business. Muneer's wife, Yumna, is fiercely devoted to her husband and would do anything to help him succeed.

In the meantime, Havers' plans to carry out a successful investigation on her own are jeopardised when Lynley unexpectedly appears at Balford, after cutting short his honeymoon. Havers is also repeatedly frustrated by DI Barlow's high-handed method of investigation. Barlow is determined to show that Qureshi was murdered by Muneer. Havers thinks that the evidence doesn't necessarily add up to that conclusion. Another bone of contention is Azhar, who is related to the Maliks and therefore a suspect in Barlow's eyes, whereas to Havers, he is rapidly becoming more than just an acquaintance.

Havers finds herself in a precarious position: to follow her instinct and risk her career, or to obey her superior's instructions and risk injustice, not to mention alienating a new-found friend.