Midsomer Murder: Series 9, review

Starring: John Nettles, Jason Hughes

Image of John Nettles from the TV series, Midsomer Murders.

It’s time to return to Midsomer for its ninth season!

With Barnaby and PC Ben Jones teaming up for Series 9, viewers will have fun playing guess who in 8 enjoyable murder mysteries.

Who’s the new guy?

‘The House In The Woods’ introduces Jason Hughes’ character Ben Jones, who is temporarily filling in for Daniel Scott, Baranby’s last partner. There’s something about Jones that reminds you of a young Barnaby.  The first episode of this series is great. A couple is killed while looking for a house (in Midsomer, really? ), only to be discovered dead (naturally) after viewing a house that’s rumoured to be haunted. There’s nothing supernatural about this murder, it’s just your regular Midsomer greed-fueled murder. Figuring out whodunit is what makes this episode great. An excellent start to the ninth series. 

Killer episodes

An announcement at a dinner party signals the death of wealthy man Sir Freddy Butler in the third episode of the series, ‘Vixen’s Run’. It is entertaining to watch all of Freddy’s skeletons flood out of the closet in this episode. Although the killer/killers in this episode are easy to guess, it does not take away from the quality of the episode.

After turning in evidence regarding a murder committed by a lady’s best friend, Barnaby second guesses his actions. It was believed that the murder was motivated by jealousy. Barnaby begins to realise there may be more to this case than meets the eye and rushes to re-investigate the case before she is sentenced.

As always, John Nettles plays Barnaby with great gusto and brings the character to life. Even today, you could see him playing this role. 

By the end of the series, Hughes could be Baranby’s successor should Barnaby decide to retire.

Nine and riding high

It’s the ninth season and it’s still going strong! All eight feature-length episodes are well written, and even if you guess who the masked maniac is, the story and some of the more eccentric characters will keep you hooked!

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