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What now? I‘m going to have my cake and eat it.
from: Tom Barnaby in „Fit for Murder“ (last episode)
Investigating in GB‘s Deadliest County
There are two Barnabys. They are related, are cousins. Both work as DCI for the police i. e. the murder squad. The first is married with a housewife and an adult daughter, the second is married to a teacher and rather soon they get a baby girl. The second Barnaby also cares for a cute dog. The first retires finally while the second overtakes his job in Midsomer, the deadliest county of GB.
Although there are crime novels starting the series with DCI Barnaby, the hype is due to the endless Tv series based on the novels resp. the ideas of the novels. Therefore two Barnabys are primarily necessary for continuity. I’ll only refer to Barnaby because except of the personal environment it’s the same stage where the cases occur and where and how the cases are solved.
Midsomer is known to any avid crime thriller fan as the deadliest county of GB. On the one hand Midsomer is a really lovely landscape with pictureresque small villages, lots of cottages, lots of manor houses – a dream for any retired couple or tourists. However, rather soon corpses pile up.
Barnaby and his aspiring assistant cruise Midsomer county in a nice big car talking to anybody who might be involved in the mess. All the time Barnaby is cool, polite and reserved. However, when he suddenly has a clue about the solution he’ll get very active, mostly in order to prevent more killings.
During the decades there are some assistants, as a rule in rank of a detective sergeant and unmarried. After some time they get promoted and make room for a successor. During the first Barnaby era there is always more or less flirting with his daughter. Sometimes the family members of Barnaby get involved in cases, unintentionally, and always they are innocent.
Concerning the murder cases there are all possible ways of how to kill a person …
The series is a mix of cosiness, exciting murders, ancient family secrets, late revenge plots, garnished with some family touches because of Barnaby’s private life – and the private lives of his assistants. Maybe the success of the series … is the ability to relax anybody after a stressful business day.