The bat belongs to the landowner's son, but has no fingerprints on it.
Barnaby & Troy gradually find themselves caught up in a succession of sinister murders.
One family is particularly incensed: the Bennetts, who owned the manor for a few years and founded the Memorial Garden.
Sarah Badel [ Rosa Carmichael ], Janine Duvitski [ Deirdre Tibbs ], Bernard Hepton [ Harold Winstanley ], Geoffrey Hutchings [ Colin Smy ], Richard Huw [ Tim Young ], Nicholas Le Prevost [ Esslyn Carmichael ], Angela Pleasence [ Doris Winstanley ], Ed Waters [ Nicholas, 'Nico', Bentley ], Nick Woodeson [ Avery Phillips ], Denyse Alexander [ Agnes Gray ], Ian Fitzgibbon [ David Smy ], Debra Stephenson [ Kitty Carmichael ], Vivienne Moore [ Jenny Evers ], John Cater [ Mr Tibbs ], Hilary Crane [ Mrs Maddox ], Robert Mc Intosh [ Charles Makepeace ], Patricia Heneghan [ Peggy Marshall ], Michael Cronin [ Emperor Joseph ], Elizabeth Tyrrell [ Elderly lady ], Megan Fisher [ WPC Hitchens ], Eunice Roberts [ TV announcer ], Sonya Walger [ Becky Smith ], Alan Leith [ Mr Green ], Iain Fraser [ Constable ], Catherine Bott [ Solo voice ] PC Angel In the village of Ferne Basset, an elderly resident is found drowned after a violent attack.
Meanwhile, at the Corn Exchange in Causton, a local amateur dramatic production of Amadeus reveals a backstage world of intrigue, passion & gossip - and a whole new meaning to the term corpsing when there is a second murder.
Kathleen Byron [ Dorothea Pike ], Peter Eyre [ Leonard Pike ], Frank Windsor [ George Meakham ], Anne Stallybrass [ Emily Meakham ], Nick Farrell [ John Merrill ], Phyllis Logan [ Kate Merrill ], Jeremy Clyde [ Bill Mitchell ], Trudie Styler [ Liz Frances ], Tom Eilenberg [ David Merrill ], Debbie Chazen [ Anne Santarosa ], Betti Romani [ Carla Constanza ], Toby Jones [ Dan Peterson (pathologist) ], Cyril Shaps [ Sebastian Renwick ], Katy Brittain [ Gloria Bradley ], Frankie Carson [ Nick ], Anthony Howes [ Milkman ], Elizabeth Tyrrell [ Ticket seller ], Tara Hugo [ Ad woman ], George Lane Cooper [ Brazilian bandit ], Rebecca Charles [ Pathology laboratory assistant ] Joyce Barnaby, Cully Barnaby, PC Angel The body of a young Brazilian woman is found strangled with a tie in a wood where three similar murders occurred several years previously.
Barnaby & Troy visit George Meakham, the now-retired police officer who was in charge of the investigation of the earlier crimes, and who has since become obsessed with them.
But Barnaby suspects that he is innocent, which is only reinforced when there is an apparent suicide at the same spot, and tries to uncover the connection before there can be further a further murder.