First broadcast: 22 March 1998

“Written in Blood” is an episode from the British television series “Midsomer Murders.” In this episode, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby (played by John Nettles) and his partner Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy (played by Daniel Casey) are called to investigate a murder in the picturesque village of Midsomer Worthy.

The victim is the local postman, Dave Cutler (played by Mark Straker), who is found dead in a field with a single bullet wound. The investigation leads the detectives to a local writers’ circle, where they encounter a group of eccentric and secretive individuals who all had motive to kill Cutler.

As Barnaby and Troy delve deeper into the case, they discover that the writers’ circle is a hotbed of jealousy, rivalry, and betrayal. They also uncover a web of lies and secrets surrounding Cutler’s past, including a hidden relationship and a long-lost daughter.

As the detectives close in on the killer, they must navigate a series of false leads, red herrings, and dangerous confrontations. With the help of forensic evidence, psychological profiling, and good old-fashioned detective work, they are eventually able to solve the case and bring the killer to justice.

“Written in Blood” is a classic “Midsomer Murders” episode that showcases the series’ trademark mix of cozy village life, quirky characters, and brutal crime. The episode features excellent performances from the cast, an engaging plot, and a satisfying resolution that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats.

Written in Blood – original novel by Caroline Graham published March 1st 1992.