Series / Midsomer Murders

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John Nettles as Inspector Barnaby and Jason Hughes as DS Jones.

Eastwood: ...Barnaby is about to have the bolt of inspiration that cracks the case, solves the murders and the artifact-smuggling ring, and find out that the postmistress is getting off with the vicar, who's secretly her uncle.
Lothar: How many times have you seen this episode?
Eastwood: Dunno, they all blur together after a while. It's a new one, Troy isn't in it.
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British Mystery of the Week drama (1997 to present) about a police detective and his younger colleague operating in the fictional English county district of Midsomer, which appears to consist almost entirely of picturesque little villages, mostly named after the scheme "Midsomer X" - Midsomer Parva, Midsomer Mallow, Midsomer Worthy, etc. note 

Has a bad case of Never One Murder (and a murder rate that ITV actually started making fun of in their adverts for this—the editors at Radio Times counted 321 homicides in the first 14 series), with the killer frequently Beneath Suspicion until five minutes from the end of each two-hour episode. Many episodes featured a Special Guest who turned out to be the murderer. The 18th season opener "Habeas Corpus" is the first episode in which nobody gets murdered, though it's not a case of Everybody Lives.

Has a brilliantly apt, lilting theme tune.


This show provides examples of:

  • Abandoned Hospital: Much of the action of "The Silent Land" centres around a supposedly haunted abandoned TB hospital.
  • Ax-Crazy: At least some of the murderers caught in the series.
  • Accidental Murder: Played with in "Wild Harvest". The murder of the chef was intentional but the murderer didn't know that the chef's wife (and the murderer's ex-wife) would take up drinking again. It's set up in such a way that Barnaby, while questioning her, is faking that he's still alive to get the name of the poison before the murderer realizes she accidentally killed her ex... before we cut outside to show that both of them are still alive, having been treated for their poison.
  • Adult Fear: Well...yes, it's a murder mystery series, and it's reached the point of self-parody. However, some of the psychology in Midsomer makes for some more specific adult fears:
    • That the people that are a threat to you are likely to be people you know and love: colleagues, neighbours, friends, spouses, your children...
    • Being harmed or killed because of Mistaken Identity — or just being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    • Being killed for reasons that you find ridiculous, simply because some else saw it as Serious Business.
    • That despite your love and care, your child becomes an Enfant Terrible.
    • On the flip side of that, your child becomes the target of a predator.
    • That you are always being watched (Midsomer has no secrets that a semi-competent Blackmailer couldn't sniff out with minimum difficulty).
    • That any mistake — no matter how minor — will come back to bite you in terrible and creative ways.
  • Agents Dating: It has a Running Gag around this: every time Sergeant Jones goes out for dinner with his officer girlfriend, Barnaby (either the old one or the new one) calls him because there's been a development in the case, usually another murder. Apparently the Running Gag of Tom Barnaby's Eureka Moment striking whenever he's out with his wife is contagious.
  • Animal Assassin: In "Wild Harvest", the first Victim of the Week is tied up in a forest, doused with truffle oil, and left to be gored to death by a wild boar.
  • Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: In "Night of the Stag", a village leader wants to restart an ancient tradition where one night a year, the men of one village would descend on the neighbouring village and ravish the women; thereby ensuring genetic diversity in the villages. One of the women in the neighbouring village is very keen on the idea and says she will leave the door open for him. However, she is not happy when he ignores her and goes for her daughter instead.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Most of the nobility/very old established families are complete assholes, more obsessed with their lineage and money than with murders.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Inverted when Tom reminisces on an unpleasant country club:
    "Apart from the snobbery and the extortionate fees, there was the matter of me arresting the treasurer for murdering his mistress!"
  • Asshole Victim: at least three quarters of the dead people.
    • The truly unfortunate cases, though, are the ones where the murderer goes after the Asshole Victim's (usually but not always) innocent family instead.
  • Attack of the Town Festival: "The Straw Woman" had a village deciding to go ahead with a festival despite the vicar being burnt to death. The replacement vicar was then also murdered.
  • Awful Wedded Life: Nearly half the couples seen. In one case, a woman was not only a witness to her husband's bizarre murder (see Grievous Bottley Harm), she calls out corrections when the murderer misses.
  • Bad Habits: Jones disguises himself as a nun to trap a muderer in "A Sacred Trust".
  • Barsetshire: The titular Midsomer district.
  • Batter Up: A cricket bat is used as a murder weapon in "Dead Man's Eleven".
  • Becoming the Mask: The leader of the hippie commune in "Death in Disguise" originally started the place as a scam to fleece gullible new-agers. However, along the way he has started to truly believe in the ideas he is preaching - much to the chagrin of his less idealistic partner-in-crime.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: In "The Silent Land", a prankster dresses up as a bedsheet ghost in order to disrupt a ghost walk. However, the killer takes advantage of the distraction to murder the second Victim of the Week.
  • Behind the Black: Barnaby manages to pull off this trope from time to time. One notable instance occurs in the Series 7 episode "Sins of Commission".
  • Beneath Suspicion
  • Beware the Nice Ones: One way to guess correctly who the murderer is with depressing frequency is to pick the one who is the only likable one of the lot.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: Lots...
  • Blackmail: Lots of it, and a prime cause of death.
  • Blue Blood: They run into quite a few of these, as is the standard in a British mystery, nearly all of whom are Upper-Class Twits- or the murderer.
  • Bluffing the Murderer: A classic example in "The Sleeper Under the Hill".
  • Bookends: Tom Barnaby's final episode ends with the new guy being called out on his first Midsomer murder investigation - in Badger's Drift, the location of the murder that started the series.
  • Bound and Gagged: In "The Dark Rider", the killer attempts to remove someone who is afraid of the dark from the line of succession by driving them into a permanent state of trauma by leaving them bound and gagged inside a priest hole.
  • The Boxing Episode: "The Noble Art". When a famous 1860 bareknuckle boxing bout is restaged in Midsomer Morchard with great pomp, dead bodies begin to pile up for Barnaby.
  • Break the Cutie: One particularly depressing episode saw a sweet-natured, ill-used suspect being cleared, only to realise that everyone she'd ever cared about or respected had been toying with her or manipulating her for their own ends. This destroys her sweet nature and turns her into an amoral Gold Digger, as she decides to Pay Evil unto Evil; everyone else was only out for themselves, so why shouldn't she take advantage of others?
  • Broken Pedestal:
    • Tom Barnaby goes through a few of these. Including one where a police inspector (married to a former sergeant) singlehandedly arrested an old lord for bashing his wife's head in, then quit the force to become a psychologist and attempt to rehabilitate the murderer. Except she'd killed the wife (who'd been sleeping with her husband) and pinned it on the lord, then killed the people who might have brought the matter back up: a blackmailer and her husband, who had slept with the lord's wife while she was in the cells...
    • Another episode had Barnaby's favourite band at the centre of a series of murders. Needless to say, by the time the case was closed, he wasn't so keen on the band any more.
    • In one episode, he meets a retired cop. They hit it off so well Tom starts taking his advice when looking into buying a new home, to Jones' consternation. So of course, it turns out the guy was a human trafficker.
  • Brotherhood of Funny Hats: "The Pudding Club", an exclusive club restricted to members of the elite Devington School's students who are pursuing careers in diplomacy. On the surface, it's just a "boy's club" that regularly eats "puddings"note . In reality, it's a front for an illegal art-smuggling ring, with the members using their positions to smuggle valuables out of foreign countries and into the school proper, to be sold off to finance the school whenever it needs the money.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: In the pilot, no less. Also appears once or twice later on.
    • Subverted in "Shot at Dawn", where the prospect is raised with respect to a newly-engaged couple who are unaware that her mother and his father have been carrying on for decades; the mother only laughs and says that she's been very careful to ensure none of her children are the result of the affair.
    • Forms part of the backstory to the murders in "Dark Secrets". Once Barnaby realises this, the murderer becomes obvious to him.
  • Buried Alive: The Victim of the Week in "Saints and Sinners" is buried alive in an archaeology trench.
  • Butt Monkey: Poor Jones. Will anyone EVER treat him nicely? (Troy and Scott also received this treatment, but had a tendency to bring it on themselves.)
  • Buzzing the Deck: Done with murderous intent in "The Flying Club". The murderer is flying a light plane and chases the second Victim of the Week, who is on the ground. The murderer buzzes him low enough to strike his head with the landing gear of the plane, killing him. During the Motive Rant at the end, Barnaby acknowledges it was an exceptional piece of flying.
  • Cacophony Cover Up: In "Murder by Magic", the killer uses the sound of gunshot being used in a magic trick to mask the sound of the gunshot they used to kill one of their victims.
  • Cat Scare: Happens in "A Rare Bird" when Jones is searching a taxidermy studio. One cat turns out to be alive and makes Jones jump when it moves.
  • Caught on Tape: In "The Ballad of Midsomer County", the killings all centre around a murder accidentally recorded on a master tape 20 years earlier, with the master tape then being hidden.
  • Characters Dropping Like Flies: The series is famous for its ridiculously high murder rate (even for a detective series). Depending on population estimates, the rural county of Midsomer has a crime rate beaten only by a few countries. At least once a character managed to survive being involved in one case... only to get murdered when he gets involved in a second case a few years later.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: The show never actually explains what happened to Scott. His absence in the episode that introduces his replacement Jones is explained (he called in sick — Jones was a temporary replacement), but by the next episode Jones is there to stay without Scott being mentioned again.
  • Circle of Standing Stones: In one episode, the (first) Victim of the Week is found in a stone circle. A local Druid sect that uses it as a holy place is quickly suspected.
  • The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: A highly successful and kind-hearted psychiatrist is oblivious to the fact that all three of her children are sociopathic, gleeful serial killers who murdered her husband (their own father) because they wanted her all to themselves, and hated him for wanting to spend time alone with her. They repeat the process for anyone they deem is getting too friendly with their mum - including Barnaby.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Dudley Carew in "Murder on St. Malley's Day".
    • Properly Paranoid: There really is a secret and sinister purpose to the Pudding Club... just not the one he thinks.
  • Continuity Nod: In episode one of series 2, a minor character, Miss Beauvoisin, works as an assistant at an estate agents. In a later episode she turns up, having taken over the business. By later series, every time someone is selling their house and a sales board is put up, it's for the Beauvoisin Estate Agent.
  • Conveyor Belt-O-Doom: In "The Killings of Copenhagen", the murderer trusses up one of the victims and places them on a conveyor belt leading into an industrial baker's oven.
  • Couldn't Find a Lighter: In "Ghosts of Christmas Past", Jerkass Digby lights a cigar from one the candles on the dinner table as a taunt at one of the other guests who is not allowed to smoke.
  • Country Matters: The way Dennis pronounces the word "Constable" in "The Killings at Badger's Drift" leaves no doubt as to what he means.
  • Cool Old Guy: DCI Tom Barnaby evolved into this as the series centred on him went on and in one episode it's revealed he was an ex-member of MI6
  • Cool Old Lady: DS Ben Jones' all-knowing Gossipy Hens gran is considered this by DCI John Barnaby
  • Cowboy Episode: "Blood on the Saddle". It becomes rather hilarious to southern/western residents of the United States as well...
  • Cracking Up: Scott once cracks his knuckles in anticipation of taking on a particularly annoying suspect. Barnaby stops the car and tells him in no uncertain terms that he will not tolerate Police Brutality.
  • Cramming the Coffin: The 'body buried in the grave beneath a coffin' is used in "Beyond the Grave".
  • Crazy People Play Chess: "The Sicilian Defence" revolves around a chess tournament and a computer chess game. As it takes place in Midsomer, needless to say there are more than a few unbalanced personalities involved. The killer leaves chess notations in the pockets of the victims.
  • Cricket Episode:
    • "Dead Man's Eleven" (series 3)
    • "Secrets and Spies" (series 11)
  • Crime Magnet: Okay seriously, Tom should just lock Joyce in the house. Every time she goes somewhere, murder ensues.
  • Crossdresser: Gerald Hadleigh from the series 1 episode "Written in blood".
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Day to day life in Midsomer is apparently so boring without a bit of homicide that murderers dedicate their brain cells to devising really bizarre ways of bumping people off. Specifically, victims have been:
    • Tied up and covered in truffle oil while a boar is set loose
    • Had their wheelchair hijacked via remote control and subsequently steered into the path of a milk float.note 
    • Tumble-dried to death.
    • Pinned to the lawn with croquet hoops while wine bottles are catapulted at them.
    • Knocked out, had a hollowed-out TV with a hole in the top shoved over their head, and wine poured into the TV until they drown.
    • Broiled to death in an industrial sterilizer.
  • Cymbal-Banging Monkey: There is one in the nursery where the first murder occurs in "A Christmas Haunting" It starts banging its cymbals as the body hits the floor.
  • Danger Takes a Backseat: The first two victims in "The House in the Woods" are garrotted by a killer hiding in the backseat of their car.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: After an artist is murdered in "The Dagger Club", her dealer immediately triples the price of all of her artworks.
  • Deadly Bath: First murder victim in "Echoes of the Dead" is found submerged in a petal-strewn bath, dressed as a bride.
    • The first Victim of the Week in "Fit for Murder" is drowned in a flotation pool at a spa. Joyce discovers the corpse when she goes for treatment.
  • Deadly Disc: In "Written in the Stars", the murderer uses a razor-edged disc to slice the throat of the third Victim of the Week.
  • Dead Man Honking: Not dead but unconscious. The Teaser to "The Silent Land" ends with Joyce crashing her car. The scene fades to the credits with the horn blaring as Joyce slumps unconscious on the steering wheel.
  • Dead Man's Chest: A dismembered body is placed in a wicker hamper and left in a railway station in "Echoes of the Dead".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Both Barnaby's are this, at times.
    • In 'Midsomer Life', 'Midsomer Sonning' is full of these.
  • Death by Irony: Some murderers have a dark sense of humour in addition to a malicious streak, so many victims are killed either by what they loved, or what they had used to torment others.
  • Death by Looking Up: In "The Dark Rider", one victim is lured outside his ancestral home and looks up just in time to see a gargoyle toppling on top of him.
  • Death by Falling Over: The first Victim of the Week in "Death in Disguise" dies after a Staircase Tumble.
  • Defective Detective: Averted, unusually for the genre.
  • Defenestrate and Berate: "Ring Out Your Dead"
  • Depraved Bisexual: Midsomer Murders is not usually flattering in its depiction of bisexuals — especially female bisexuals.
    • The murderer in "Not In My Back Yard", who was using seduction to manipulate several people of both sexes.
    • In Dances With The Dead, a missing woman had half the village wrapped around her little finger, charming people of both sexes in order to ensure that she could maintain her comfortable, "free spirited" lifestyle without having to deal with unpleasant things like morals or responsibility. While Barnaby supposes that she used sexual favours to get her own way, most of her targets seemed to be genuinely smitten and protective of her, rather than lusting after her.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Some. Though, everybody's depraved, so it's kind of hard to tell...
  • Detective Mole: Sgt. Trevor Gibson in "Sleeper Under the Hill" turns out to be involved in the killings and does his best to throw Barnaby and Jones off the trail. He ultimately falls victim to his partner in crime.
  • Dirty Cop: Sgt. Trevor Gibson in "Sleeper Under the Hill".
  • Disconnected by Death: In "Breaking the Chain", Barnaby is talking to a suspect who is one his mobile phone to one of the other suspects. The suspect turns to Barnaby and remarks that he heard sounds of struggle and then the phone went dead. Barnaby hurriedly races to the scene and arrives in time to save the next victim who has been left in a room that is filling with gas.
  • Discreet Drink Disposal: Barnaby does this with a cup of acorn coffee in "Death in Disguise". Leads to a That Poor Plant moment.
  • Drinking on Duty: Every single episode involves Barnaby and his sergeant having a pint. Gotta wonder if they might solve the mysteries faster if they weren't perma-buzzed...
  • Drives Like Crazy: It's a wonder Barnaby kept letting Sgt. Troy drive.
    Barnaby: Troy! ... You were driving on the wrong side of the road.
  • Dry Crusader: A sect of these appear in "The Night of the Stag".
  • Edible Bludgeon: In "Schooled in Murder", the first Victim of the Week is pinned beneath a set of shelves and has a large wheel of cheese dropped on her head.
  • The Eeyore: The Reverend Giles Shawcross in "The Sword of Guillaume".
  • Empathy Doll Shot: In "A Sacred Trust", a flashback to a mercenary attack on an African village shows a girl dropping a doll that is then trampled by one of the soldiers.
  • Enfant Terrible: At least two episodes have had children as the murderer (though one just masterminded the whole thing using his mentally-retarded uncle to do the killing).
  • Enhance Button: Usually Averted due to the show's rather classic detective approach. There's one in "Days of Misrule", though.
  • Entitled Bastard: A common trait among the gentry and "old families" of Midsomer County. In one episode, one such gentleman brushes off accusations of conspiracy to commit murder by saying that, as a scion of England's old wealthy families, "we make our own rules." (And he has nothing on the episode's murderer.)
  • Erotic Asphyxiation: One Jerkass cigarette executive turns out to be into this, as revealed by his wife. As there was a recent strangling recalling a similar series or crimes decades ago, it's yet another reason to suspect him. The murderer was actually his boss, who murdered his blackmailer and tried to pin it on the previous killer, a hotel owner who ended up stabbed in the shower by his mother when she thought he'd started killing again.
  • Eureka Moment: Barnaby gets a lot of these from offhand remarks by his wife or daughter.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: One murderer takes a small boy who he knows to be the witness to his crime out on a boat ride. Then Barnaby has his Eureka Moment and heads for the dock, expecting the worst... only to find the kid unharmed, with the murderer saying he couldn't kill him.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Illicit affairs probably make up half the secrets Barnaby uncovers.
  • Evil Brit: Pretty much everybody but the recurring characters is a lying, perverted, murdering hypocrite.
  • Faked Kidnapping: In "Faithful Unto Death"
  • Faking the Dead: In "Habeus Corpus", the murderer fakes his own murder, and then fakes his corpse being stolen before the police arrive (It Makes Sense in Context) as part of a particularly elaborate plot to take revenge on someone.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: The third Victim of the Week in "Let Us Prey" is shackled to a bed and then impaled by a falling chandelier.
  • False Confession: In Death of a Hollow Man, Colin Smy confesses to killing Esslyn after he thought he saw his son David change the blade of the razor used. He shortly afterwards withdraws the confession after David is cleared.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: In "Death and the Divas", it is revealed that when a younger sister had an illegitimate baby, her older married sister registered the baby as hers and raised the girl as her own.
  • Fatal Method Acting: In "Death of a Hollow Man" the actor playing Salieri in a production of Amadeus accidentally cuts his own throat when the prop razor he was supposed to use is switched out for a real one backstage. For extra irony, Salieri in the play survives having his throat cut. invoked
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Alice Krige's character in "Secrets and Spies". Trained by MI6 to setup Honey Traps.
  • A Fête Worse Than Death: In the episode "The Straw Woman".
  • Flat Joy: One episode centers around the filming of a Scarlet Pimpernel movie. When the guillotine falls on an aristocrat, the revolutionaries have less-than-enthusiastic reactions.
  • Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: It seems every other episode opens with Barnaby getting dragged to his wife's latest hobby group. Given that the episode then reveals they're all a bunch of immoral murderers, adulterers and thieves, it's no wonder she ends up looking for a new one.
  • Food Slap: "Not In My Back Yard" opens with a heated argument about an experimental design house being built in a traditional village where a woman hurls a glass of champagne in the architect's face. Needless to say, she becomes the first Victim of the Week.
  • Forklift Fu: In "Sauce for the Goose", Victim of the Week Dexter Lockwood is crushed by a forklift before being dumped in a sterilizer.
  • Freudian Excuse: Often a factor for a Sympathetic Murderer, ranging from taking revenge on those who'd terrorised them as children, or were raised in particularly hostile environments.
    • Nastily subverted, however, in Death and Dreams, where the someone appears to have a trope-type Freudian Excuse, but doesn't...instead, they all have a rampaging and lethal version of the Oedipus Complex (a more literal Freudian excuse). The three children of Banraby's psychiatrist friend saw their father die in a climbing accident, which we're lead to believe is the cause of their obsession with keeping their mother with them. Then it turns out the two older children ''killed'' their father for daring to be affectionate with their mother!
  • Frying Pan of Doom:
    • In "Signs of Commission", an intruder in the hall is knocked out by the housekeeper wielding a frying pan.
    • In "Last Year's Model", the Victim of the Week is murdered by being bludgeoned to death with a heavy saucepan.
  • Gaslighting: "Beyond the Grave".
  • Geographic Flexibility: The villages often gain features and places previously unseen or unheard of. The series is filmed in locations all around England and Wales. It shows. But, surprisingly, it mostly averts California Doubling. The use of this trope is to be expected, given how the series is one of the Long Runners of British TV and is set in a small fictional English administrative region with a predominantly rural, old-timey character.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The "Perfect Village" competition in the episode "Judgement Day" is arranged by a magazine called "Country Matters". The episode also makes a reference to Hamlet.
  • Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Actually averted with Troy, who's a bit of a homophobe and never considers lesbians as arousing.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Although the series has never shied away from depicting some spectacularly nasty murders, viewers are generally spared the worst of it. "The Sword of Guillaume", however, averts this trope to the point of horror.
  • The Grand Hunt: In "Death of a Stranger", Barnaby investigates a murder that takes place during a fox hunt, and has a village full of toffs as suspects.
  • Grave Robbing: In "Habeus Corpus", the body of a dead man is stolen from his bed minutes after he is pronounced dead, and then the body of a woman who died five months previously is dug up and stolen from her grave.
  • Grievous Bottley Harm: In "Not In My Back Yard", the first Victim of the Week is done in with a broken bottle.
    • In another, the guy is tied down to the lawn while the murderer uses a small catapult to hurl filled bottles at him. His wife sees the whole thing and corrects the murderer's aim.
  • Gulliver Tie-Down: In "Small Mercies", the first Body of the Week is found in a miniature village: staked down and tied to the ground like Gulliver.
  • Hand of Death
  • Hand or Object Underwear: In "The Oblong Murders", a woman walks in on Jones while he is in the shower and is obviously enjoying the view. He hurriedly grabs a washcloth to cover himself.
  • Happily Married: Tom Barnaby and his wife Joyce, who are apparently the only happily married couple in Midsomer.
    • There are a few other Happily Married couples, they're often the murderers.
  • Headless Horseman: In "The Dark Rider", a character masquerades as the headless horseman from local legend in order to frighten the aristocrats.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky: In "Dead in the Water", Barnaby is watching a pornographic video that was used to blackmail one of the suspects. Joyce walks in and asks him what he's watching. As he tells her, she starts tilting her head with her eyes glued to the screen. She then asks him if he fancies an early night.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: In "The Sleeper Under the Hill", a criminal hides a stolen painting on his wall, claiming that is a forgery of the famous painting.
  • High Voltage Death: In "The Dagger Club", the first two victims are electrocuted by booby-trapped roulette wheels.
  • Hillbilly Moonshiner: The British equivalent (yokel moonshiner?) appears in "Night of the Stag", brewing a particularly potent hooch known as 'the Beast'.
  • His Name Is...: Classic case in "The Glitch". The mechanic leaves a message for a friend indicating he knows who the murderer is, but he's murdered before they can talk. He leaves a cryptic clue at least.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Murderers with a sense of poetic justice deliberately invoke this. For example, a malicious game show host who thinks of himself as a wine connoisseur gets a taste of his own medicine when his victims force him to take part in a deadly quiz show where they slowly drown him. In wine.
  • Hollywood Silencer: In "Murder By Magic", one of the victims is shot with a revolver that is later stated to have had a sound suppressor on it to explain why no one heard the shot.
  • Home Counties: Where Midsomer district is supposedly located (or is it set in The West Country?)
  • Hot Librarian: Sarah Sharp, the village librarian in "The Silent Land". She deliberately dresses to invoke this trope because she knows the effect it has on one particular man who is obsessed with her.
  • Human Sacrifice: The killings in "Murder by Magic" ultimately centre around an ancient human sacrifice, and someone's attempt to recreate in the present day although this is a misdirection.
  • Hunting "Accident": "Ghosts of Christmas Past"
  • I Drank What: In "The Night of the Stag", Barnaby drinks half a pint of cider from a barrel that has a dead body floating in it. It causes him to throw up even before the body is discovered.
  • Identical Grandson: Relatives of two characters from "The Killings At Badger's Drift" appear in "Dead Letters", played by the same actors.
  • If I Can't Have You: A common motive, particularly for murderers foolish or unlucky enough to fall in love with the local womaniser/Gold Digger/fly-by-night.
  • I'll Take Two Beers Too: An early episode had Joyce in a bar with friend who ordered two large whiskies and soda, then asked Joyce if she wanted anything.
  • Impairment Shot: Happens when the first Victim of the Week is poisoned in "The Killings of Copenhagen".
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • The third Victim of the Week in "The Ballad of Misdsomer County" is killed by having a beach umbrella thrust through his chest.
    • One victim falls from a sawed floor onto a farming device, sending three or four spikes through his torso.
  • Implausible Deniability: One guy is caught in bed with a young man. His next words during the interrogation are "I'm not gay".
  • Improbable Weapon User: The murderer in "Murder on St. Malley's Day" turns out to use a giant decorative spoon as a bludgeoning weapon to crack open the skulls of his victims.
  • Inheritance Murder: One episode had a rich Jerkass tell two or three people they'd be the sole inheritors of his fortune (without informing the others), just so that they'd show up to the reading and discover they got nothing. Since he's episode's first victim, and some of the claimants follow him, there is naturally suspicion about this trope being in play.
  • Irish Priest: Father Behan in "A Sacred Trust". Being Catholic, however, does not spare him from the same fate as so many of his Anglican counterparts.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: In "The Ballad of Midsomer County", a murderer is accidentally Caught on Tape when he commits a murder in a recording studio; not realising that the victim had been recording at the time.
  • Jack the Ripoff: In the episode "Echoes of the Dead", Barnaby recognises the murders as recreations of famous murders of the early 20th century, except for the last one, which he's not able to place. When the murderer is caught, Barnaby asks about it, and the murderer shrugs and says, "I was in a hurry and I couldn't think of anything".
  • Javelin Thrower: In "Written in the Stars", the second Victim of the Week is done in with a thrown spear using a stolen Bronze Age spearhead; which is unusual even for Midsomer.
  • Joggers Find Death: In "Murder by Magic", the second Victim of the Week is discovered by one of the suspects out jogging in the woods.
  • Jurisdiction Friction: When the UK's secret service gets involved in a case involving an ex-spy, Barnaby's job becomes infinitely more difficult, as they can cut off his investigation at any time, with no reason required or given.
  • Kinky Spanking: There is an episode where three women offer specific roleplaying sex scenarios, one of which involves the woman finding the guy in her stables and deciding to punish the thief then and there with her riding crop. Crosses over with Comedic Spanking when Barnaby finds a client while holding the crop. The client, unaware the dominatrix is unavailable due to the murder investigation, sees nothing wrong and bends over, giggling all the while.
  • Knife-Throwing Act: In "Death in Disguise", Barnaby is puzzled by how the Victim of the Week was stabbed while all of the suspects were on the other side of the room. After a Eureka Moment while watching a game of darts, he realises the victim was killed with a thrown knife, and then learns that one suspect had been a knife-thrower in a circus.
  • Lead Police Detective: Inspector Barnaby, who eventually retires and passes the baton to Inspector Barnaby.
  • Letterbox Arson: In "Murder of Innocence", a murder is attempted by pouring petrol through the letterbox of a cottage and following it with a flaming rag.
  • Life's Work Ruined: In "Orchis Fatalis", someone takes revenge on an orchid collector by pouring weedkiller over his priceless orchid collection.
  • Lights Off, Somebody Dies: In "Written in the Stars", the Victim of the Week is part of a gathering observing a total eclipse. As the hill is plunged into total darkness by the eclipse, he is bashed over the head by a rock. A bystander screams as the sunlight returns and she sees the body.
  • Like Brother and Sister: DS Nelson and Kate Wilding. They're best of friends, but Kate eventually worries she's stifling him and ships him with a junior policewoman.
  • Long List: At the start of "The Killings of Copenhagen", Sarah unfolds the instructions for assemble the crib; which just keeps unfolding till it reaches the floor.
  • Long Runners: Fifteen years and counting.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: The motive in "Breaking the Chain". The killer sets out to eliminate everyone they see as standing between their lover and success; including his brother.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: As alluded to in the title "Left For Dead", a kid who was seemingly killed 19 years prior turns out to be alive, brain damaged, and locked in a cellar convinced by a couple that he was their lost child. When he finally figures out his true identity, he goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
    • His name is Bradley. A shout-out to To Kill a Mockingbird (B Radley)?
  • Magic Brakes: "Death and the Divas".
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: In "The Oblong Murders", one killing was committed by loosening the gas line to the stove on a boat, causing the boat to fill with gas. The killer then called the victim as she arrived back on the boat, knowing that she always lit a cigarette while talking on the phone. Result: one 'accidental' explosion.
  • Medication Tampering: The second Victim of the Week in "Death in Disguise" is killed when the murderer deliberately withholds their heart medication as they suffering a heart attack.
  • Mercy Kill: While still murder under UK law, the killer in "Blue Herrings" was actually performing one of these. The killer's aunt faced a slow, undignified and agonising death from her terminal illness, and as the closest thing to a daughter the older woman had, her niece couldn't bear to watch her suffer.
  • Mistaken for Servant: Troy does this to a local lord in "Market for Murder".
  • The Mistress: As likely as not, a mystery might involve this or adultery.
  • Monochrome Casting: The producer, Brian Tru-May, got fired for telling the Radio Times that they didn't cast non-white actors, or have non-white characters, because they wanted to remain "the last bastion of Englishness". Indeed. Apparently "the last bastion of Englishness" involves a murder rate higher than The Wire.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: Honoria Lyddiard from the first series episode "Written in Blood" still keeps the corpse of her dead brother Ralph Lyddiard in her house, despite him dying several years earlier of aids. Honoria's sister in law (and Ralph's wife) Amy is understandably horrified of this when she discovers it.
  • Murder by Cremation: "Secrets and Spies"
  • Murder by Inaction: There's one where a snobby wine lover is tied to his lawn while the murderer is catapulting wine bottles at him. His wife has been taken to the window and her wheelchair disabled in order to make her watch the whole thing (though the murderer remains unidentified). When she sees the bottle miss, she calls out corrections in aim to the murderer. The next morning, the police arrive but she of course didn't see anything.
  • Murder by Mistake:
    • The first victim in "The Glitch".
    • And the first victim in "A Sacred Trust". As Barnaby points out, one nun in glasses looks much like another in the dark.
    • The first victim in "The Maid in Splendour", who was in the wrong place at wrong time in the wrong clothes.
    • The victim in "Death and Dust" is run down because he is driving the intended target's car.
  • Murder by Remote Control Vehicle: In "Shot at Dawn", the murderer uses remote control vehicles several times, either by crashing a vehicle the victim is in or using a vehicle to chase someone down.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Many episodes feature people who think this.
  • Murder Simulators: Discussed and played literally in "Bantling Boy".
  • Mushroom Samba: In the episode "Faithful Unto Death", straight-laced Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby tries some (special) brownies while interviewing a possible witness and subsequently comes over all giggly and walks along the top of an ornamental wall, all the while attracting confused looks from his Sergeant and the Coroner.
  • Naked Apron: "Destroying Angel". Barnaby arrives to question a middle-aged, male suspect only to find him doing a spot of baking wearing nothing but an apron.
  • Narrowed It Down To The Guy I Recognise: More than once, the most famous of the guest stars turns out to have done it. (On the occasions when they're not the one to whom it was done.)
  • Never Mess with Granny: Especially if she was a secret war hero.
  • Never One Murder: Subverted in "Painted in Blood," when there really was only one murder.
    • "Dead in the Water" is another exception, although there was a second attempted murder.
    • Also played with in "Blue Herrings". Though there are many deaths, most were natural or accidental. Only one was a murder, and it was played as a Mercy Killing.
    • Lampshade Hanging on this in one episode:
    Sgt Scott: Sir, I just got here, and we already have three bodies.
    DCI Barnaby: It has been remarked upon before, yes.
    • In the atypical episode "Last Year's Model" there is only one murder and that happened ten months prior to to the events of the episode.
  • New Media Are Evil: "Picture of Innocence". The plot revolves around Digital vs Traditional Photography. Subverted in which both sets of photographers are as bad as each other.
  • New Neighbours as the Plot Demands: Many an episode features characters whom Barnaby has known for years, but whom the audience has never seen before and for the most part will never see again.
  • No Badge? No Problem!: One episode has Barnaby be removed from a case because his wife is tangentially connected to it. His replacement being a perfectly intolerable little dipstick, Barnaby gets to the witnesses first without mentioning he's not on the case.
  • Not In My Back Yard: The title (and main theme) of an episode. Unpopular development plans often end in murder in Midsomer.
  • Not-So-Fake Prop Weapon: In the episode "Death of a Hollow Man".
    • And again in "The Magician's Nephew".
  • Obfuscating Disability
  • Officer and a Gentleman: The phrase is used when Barnaby figures out one suspect had children not by her husband but his father. He won't tell, leading to her saying the phrase... and it's all for moot since one of the daughters was listening at the door.
  • Offing the Offspring: The murderer in "Days of Misrule". The kid was such a Jerkass that his dad still manages to be a Sympathetic Murderer.
  • Off with His Head!: In "Midsomer Rhapsody" a motorcyclist is decapitated by a length of piano wire strung across the road at neck height.
  • Old Cop, Young Cop: Standard formula for a British cop show.
  • Old-Fashioned Copper:
    • Inspector Barnaby and pretty much any other standard police detective in Midsomer county. Goes hand in hand with the very British attitude of Doesn't Like Guns.
    • One episode has Scott Cracking Up on learning they're dealing with an annoying suspect. Barnaby stops the car and makes it very clear he won't tolerate that sort of behavior.
  • Orgy of Evidence: In "Fit for Murder", Barnaby and Jones find a large amount of incriminating evidence when they search the house and vehicle of a pair of suspects. Barnaby points out the murders were methodical and carefully premeditated, and scarcely the work of someone who leave incriminating evidence (that they had no reason to keep) where any search would reveal it.
  • Overtook the Series: Originally based on four (now seven) books by Caroline Graham.
  • Paid-For Family: One episode has a woman paid by her clients to act as a loving wife.
  • Parental Incest: Heavily implied between the Rainbirds in the pilot.
  • The Password is Always "Swordfish": In "Market for Murder", the password on the Reading Group's secret share market account is 'Gerald'; the name of the late husband of the group's founder (whom she could not go five minutes without mentioning in conversation). Somewhat more acceptable than normal, given that she was borderline obsessed with his memory and probably could not help herself in using his name as her password.
  • Phoney Call: In "The Oblong Murders", Jones gets trapped in a bedroom while conducting an undercover investigation. He calls Barnaby to rescue him but - because he cannot let the person he is with know that he is a cop - he pretends to be calling a friend. Calling Barnaby 'matey' initially confuses the Inspector, but he soon figures out what is going on.
  • Pick a Card: In the episode "Ghosts of Christmas Past", a boy who wants to be a magician when he grows up does an actually-quite-clever version of the trick while being interviewed by Barnaby and Scott about the murder, and his explanation of how he did it (including the fact that he arranged matters to have his own choice of card come up at the end) inspires Barnaby's later Eureka Moment.
  • Pinned to the Wall: The first Victim of the Week in "Blood Wedding" is pinned to the wall with an antique sword.
  • Pizza Boy Special Delivery: Fiona Conway does this (literally with the pizza boy) in "Not In My Back Yard".
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Troy is homophobic, and his language reflects it. Barnaby doesn't normally let such comments slide (and Troy is usually punished by the plot gods), but even he has his moments.
  • Pop the Tires: Happens in an episode to Troy. Troy repays the favor at the end of the episode, preventing the murderer from escaping.
  • Prisoner's Dilemma: Barnaby uses the trope in one episode to get two individual murderers not to confess, but to witness that they saw the other committing a murder.
  • Produce Pelting: Jones gets pelted with tomatoes while he is is undercover in a cult in "The Oblong Murders".
  • Prongs of Poseidon: In "Small Mercies", the second Body of the Week is done in with a trident that was part of a Neptune costume.
  • Pursued Protagonist: "The Night of the Stag" opens with the first Victim of the Week being chased through an orchard at night.
  • Put on a Bus: Sergeant Troy is promoted and transferred up north. He returns for the episode "Blood Wedding".
    • Similarly, Sergeant Scott goes on a Long Bus Trip - Barnaby mentions that he "called in sick" but the character is never heard from again.
  • Rain of Blood: A church bellringer starts pulling on a rope during bellringing practice, only to be splattered with blood dripping through the ceiling from the belfry.
  • Raised Hand of Survival: As the first Victim of the Week is being Buried Alive in "Saints and Sinners", her hand thrusts up through the earth in a desperate attempt to escape. But it is a futile gesture, and the hand collapses even as the next scoopful of earth buries her completely.
  • Real After All: At least two episodes featuring somebody taking advantage of or inventing a place's haunted reputation have ended with indications that the place really is haunted.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Sergeant Scott bemoans his transfer to Midsomer has ended him up in "the Sticks".
  • Red Herring: All over the place — it's a murder mystery after all. Special mention must go the the aptly named "Blue Herrings", where the initial deaths are accidents, not murders: the sad but understandable reality of a retirement home. The only real murder is a Mercy Kill by a very Sympathetic Murderer.
  • Retro Universe: Kind of. It's clearly set in the Present Day (mid 1990s-early 2000s), but the atmosphere is very rustic and sort of a Genre Throwback to the golden age of English detective fiction in the inter-war period.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Dudley Carew in "Murder on St. Malley's Day" is a conspiracy theorist who believes that there's a secret and sinister purpose behind the Pudding Club at the Devington School, claiming they're an Illuminati-esque group responsible for murder and mayhem on a global scale. He's right about there being a sinister purpose, alright, but it's nothing so grand as that: it's art-smuggling under a guise of diplomatic immunity.
  • Rising Water, Rising Tension: The final denouement in "Let Us Prey" takes place during a flood that is threatening to engulf the village, and in particular destroy the crypt that lies at the centre of the mystery.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The killer's motive of 'Ghosts of Christmas Past'. His sister Claire married into the family the story revolves around where she drew the suspicion of her sister-in-law, Jennifer, who hired a private detective to go into her past where it was revealed Claire had a criminal record of possessing drugs and stealing. To try and get her away from Lydia, Jennifer forced her mother to claim several family heirlooms were stolen and put on sale in auctions without her knowledge, causing Claire to be charged before she was Driven to Suicide. When her brother found out, he murdered both of them.
  • Running Gag: Barnaby's Once an Episode Eureka Moment (usually interrupts whatever he was doing with his family, like dinner ot his daughter's play). Also Jones getting a call (either from Barnaby or related to the case) forcing him to interrupt his date with his girlfriend.
  • Scooby-Doo Hoax: In "Talking to the Dead", a dealer in stolen goods takes advantage of the reputation of the local woods for being haunted by playing eerie noises to keep the locals away on the nights when his deals go down. Cue the ending where that very dealer unexplicably dies in those very woods. Of fright.
  • Self-Referential Humor: At one moment, the brass band from the episode "Things That Go Bump in the Night" plays the series' main theme.
  • Serious Business: Some of the murders have unbelievably ridiculous motives (to anyone but the murderers). One woman ends up killing three people because her driving drunk would bar her from joining the village social club for life.
    • Another episode has the local photography club divided into love and hate of digital photography.
    • Justified in "Small Mercies"; the murderess is mentally handicapped and fixated on the miniature village. She literally can't understand why it's not right to kill people for "messing it up".
  • Shameful Source of Knowledge: Several episodes have characters not reveal information that could have prevented someone's death, as this would also force them to reveal that they're cheating on their spouse or involved in shady deals with other inhabitants of Midsomer.
  • Shaming the Mob:
    • In "Night of the Stag", Barnaby has to talk down an angry mob that the murderer has whipped into a frenzy and is sending to kill Barnaby and Jones. By revealing the murderer's true motivation for the crimes, he is able to buy enough time to regain control of the situation.
    • One episode has a bunch of ex-military thugs brought in by a local landowner to scare Irish Travellers off the village commons. Barnaby is warned in time and points out that what they are doing is highly illegal, and threatens to have an Armed Response Unit sent in. The goons back off, and Barnaby later tells an admiring Troy that Midsomer doesn't have such a unit.
  • Shared Family Quirks: One episode has Barnaby figure out two women are related when both use the same bizarre expression despite not living near each other, just in time to save the Asshole Victim.
  • Shear Menace: In "The Made-to-Measure Murders", a large pair of tailor's scissors are used as the murder weapon.
  • Shout-Out: To the famous album cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road. An artist/forger hides errors in his forgeries as a joke. One landscape painting, which he claimed to be centuries old, includes four men in the distance who on close inspection are clearly John, Paul, George, and Ringo. ("The Black Book")
  • Skeleton Key Card: One episode has Barnaby and Jones trying to get inside a closed building in a hurry (his daughter's wedding is coming up). Jones tries to open the lock with Barnaby's credit card, leading to a still-locked door and a very annoyed Barnaby.
  • Sleeping with the Boss: Shows up a few times, whether as "sleeping up the ladder" or actual romance.
  • Slut-Shaming: "A Sacred Trust" involves some romantic liaisons, including one girl shamed by her involvement with a jock for telling the police about it.
    • A plot point of "Schooled in Murder" is that a victim's daughter was about to be expelled from school, as she was on a scholarship from her mother's employer, but the scholarship contained "moral terms" which the victim had broken by having an affair.
  • Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!: The gloomy vicar in "The Sword of Guillaume". Naturally (for this programme), he's given a sign just at that moment.
  • Spoiler Title: If you know the alternate name for the profession or the character's nickname, it's no surprise who the killer in "The Axeman Cometh" is.
  • Staircase Tumble: The first Victim of the Week in "Death is Disguise" suffers Death by Falling Over after being shoved down a staircase during a struggle (although this was more-or-less an accident).
    • The first victim in "Ghosts of Christmas Past" is given fatal injuries as a result of being pushed down the stairs, but her family believe it to be an accident. Since someone has already made threats to the family, Barnaby is certain it was murder.
  • Stalker Shrine: Revealed just before the climax of "A Rare Bird".
  • Start to Corpse: Extremly varied, with some episodes starting with a murder (Death of a Hollow Man) and others taking almost 45 minutes before anybody is murdered (Faithful unto Death).
  • Stepford Smiler: Chief Superintendent John Cotton, coupled with Beware the Nice Ones. Or vice versa.
  • Stopped Clock: Abused in at least one episode to make a murder look like a suicide.
  • Stress Vomit: One character immediately starts vomiting when she learns the guy she's been banging through the whole episode is actually her nephew. He doesn't really react to that, given that he also just learned he's the product of Brother-Sister Incest.
  • Stylistic Suck: The movies in "Death and the Divas". Complete with wooden acting and poor effects. This is justified, as they were supposed to be low budget horror films from the late '60s and early '70s.
  • Surprise Incest: This was in an episode where a man had 'spread his seed far and wide' — you could hardly turn a corner without finding one of his bastards. One couple didn't meet until they were both in graduate school in Canada and got married, only later realizing they were half-siblings; she was totally squicked, he lost his mind at the thought of losing her and tried to 'fix' the problem through religion.
    • A character in "Dark Secrets" immediately vomits upon learning the employee she'd been having an affair with was her nephew, the nephew himself being the product of Brother-Sister Incest.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: When John Nettles left the series, DCI Tom Barnaby retired, to be replaced by his decades-younger and somewhat more energetic cousin DCI John Barnaby, who still looks fairly close in age. They did hang a lampshade on it in the episode where John Barnaby was introduced, but really, it's like they're not even trying. The name at least might be chalked up as an Enforced Trope due to the show being called "Inspector Barnaby" in certain other markets (France, Italy, Germany, and Japan according to The Other Wiki).
  • Sword Fight: "Blood Wedding" features attempted murder by mace, and the would-be victim grabbing a sword to defend himself.
  • Tag-Along Actor: Cully's actor boyfriend rides along with Barnaby and Jones to research the role of a detective sergeant. It's a comment of his that gives Barnaby the Eureka Moment.
  • Taking the Heat: In "Death of A Hollow Man", a father tries to take the blame for a murder after thinking that his son did it. The son had merely spread Vim on some cakes that the victim ate on stage.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: The first crime in "A Vintage Murder" involves the wine being served at a wine tasting at a winery being poisoned.
  • Taxidermy Is Creepy: In "A Rare Bird", one of the suspects is a vegetarian taxidermist. He regards his work as giving animals a second life.
  • That One Case: George Meakham's obsession with the original Strangler's Wood murders.
  • That Poor Plant: In "Death in Disguise", Barnaby is given a cup of acorn coffee, which her surreptitiously tips into a plant. When he returns on a different day and is offered another cup, he declines, then comments to Troy that the plant looks a bit peaky.
  • Theme Serial Killer:
    • "Echoes of the Dead" featured a killer who based his murders on old murder cases, such as George Joseph Smith.
    • In "Death and the Divas", the killer's theme is the horror movies of a particular actress.
    • In "The Ballad of Midsomer County", the killer leaves items associated with the eponymous folk song with the bodies of his victims.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: In "Judgement Day", when Midsomer Mallow's youth orchestra is shown rehearsing.
  • Theme Naming: Most of the villages are "Midsomer *blank*".
  • This Bear Was Framed: An episode has a killer use a saber tooth tiger skull to make marks on the body to hide the real cause of death.
  • Translation by Volume: Tom Barnaby once mentions that it used to be all you had to do to be understood by a foreigner: speak loudly and slowly or shout.
  • Too Dumb to Live:
    • The second victim is frequently someone who knows who the killer is and tries to blackmail him or her. Because what could possibly go wrong when you blackmail a cunning, ruthless murderer?
    • The first victim in "Blood will out". Rushing a person who is pointing a loaded shotgun at your chest? Not a good idea, Bridges.
      • Then again, it was never explained why Bridges had a loaded shotgun lying on his desk, and it is entirely possible that he was thinking of killing himself anyway.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behaviour:
    • One episode has two primary school kids sneaking vodka and cigarettes.
    • This was a major plot revelation in "Left for Dead" (series 11). A group of four kids allow another kid to tag along while they smoke and drink. When that kid gets uncomfortable, they torture him, drown him in a river, and toss his body down a well.
  • Trust-Building Blunder: DCI Tom Barnaby's (predictable) contempt towards team building exercises is on display in "Days of Misrule" when he is forced to go on one by the new chief superintendent. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Inspector Martin Spellman in "Picture of Innocence".
  • Unwilling Suspension: Happens to John Barnaby in "Death in the Slow Lane".
  • Uranus Is Showing: In "Written in the Stars", Jones in researching astronomy as background to the case. He uses the opportunity to tell Barnaby "Did you know Uranus is 14 times larger than the Earth?".
  • Vehicular Sabotage:
    • In "Death in the Slow Lane", one of the murders was committed by shearing through the steering linkage on a car, causing it to crash while going round a sharp bend.
    • And in the episode "Master Class", one couple's car has its brake-line cut, leading to a near-fatal crash.
    • The episode "Death and the Divas" from season 15 also had a death involving this.
    • In "The Flying Club", the fuel line on a stunt plane is cut during an airshow.
  • The Vicar: Almost a prerequisite for any whodunit set in an English village, though dog collars appear to be the Midsomer equivalent of a Red Shirt. If you're a clergyman in Midsomer, chances are you'll either be horribly murdered or unmasked as a horrible murderer before the credits roll. Of particular note is the Reverend Stephen Wentworth, played brilliantly by Richard Briers in the episode "Death's Shadow". Another honourable mention should go to Mark Gatiss's Giles Shawcross in "The Sword of Guillaume".
  • War Reenactors: Given the event takes place in Midsomer, it should come as no surprise that the annual Civil War recreation in "The Dark Rider" results in murder.
  • What a Drag: One victim in "Blood on the Saddle" is killed by being lassoed and dragged along behind a horse.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Cully's husband, Simon, is never seen or heard from after their wedding.
  • Who Murdered the Asshole?: The victim in "Judgement Day" was sleeping with at least three different women (one of whom was paying him for it) until he got pitchforked through the chest in the first five minutes. He was also a petty thief and a vandal with a serious attitude problem, so there are plenty of suspects.
  • With This Ring: In "Schooled In Murder", John Barnaby buys a ring for his wife for their 15th anniversary. However, while distracted by Jones, he accidentally feeds the ring to his dog Sykes. He then has to fabricate reasons to keep the dog with him till he can, um, retrieve it.
  • Woman Scorned: Quite a few cases. Patricia Blackshaw in "The Black Book", for one.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: In "Faithful unto Death", a woman uses make-up to fake bruises and persuade her lesbian lover that her husband has been abusing her, and uses this to incite the lover into killing the husband.
  • Wrench Whack: The first Body of the Week in "The Flying Club" is done in by a blow to the back of the head with a wrench.
  • Yandere: quite a few of the murderers in the 1st series.
  • Ye Olde Butchered English: In one episode with a medieval fair/tourney.
  • You Do Not Have to Say Anything
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Charlotte Cameron in "Death in the Slow Lane".

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