I had the privilege of reviewing Midsomer Murders Set 13 and Set 14 in December 2009, and February 2010. Now I am pleased to be able to review the newest one of the series that goes on sale on June 1, 2010, Midsomer Murders Set 15.

Once again we have John Nettles in his role as the infamous Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby along with Jason Hughes as his efficient protégé, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Also we have guest stars including Daniel Casey, Samantha Bond, Donald Sinden, Malcolm Sinclair, Maggie Steed and George Cole.

We have three mysteries on this DVD set which starts out with Blood Wedding. The maid of honor at a high society wedding was murdered just days before Barnaby’s own daughter, Cully’s wedding. Barnaby is torn between the investigation of the murder and his family obligations at his daughter’s wedding. Barnaby tries to speed up the investigation in order for him to be able to walk his daughter down the aisle. Does he make it in time?

Next we have Shot at Dawn. When a disgraced soldier’s name is added to the World War I memorial in Midsomer Parva, a nine-decade rivalry between the Hammond and Hicks families erupts into violence. Unfortunately when the Hicks patriarch is shot dead and naturally it makes the Hammonds look like the likely killers. During the investigation some surprising facts come out that shows that the two families have much more in common that ever knew.

Finally we have Left For Dead. In the small sleepy town Dunstan the people are in a battle over the construction of a new overpass but soon they have much bigger worries to conquer. They are pretty shaken up when psychic Lynn Fox discovers a reclusive couple that had been brutally murdered in their home and to make matters worse, Barnaby finds a link between the apparent double homicide and a decades-old disappearance from town.

As a bonus feature in this set you will have Super Sleuths, a documentary about Midsomer Murders in which John Nettles, Caroline Graham, Anthony Horowitz and others reflect on the show’s first decade. It also includes production notes, Cully Barnaby photo gallery and Caroline Graham biography.

The running time on this set is approximately 100 minutes per mystery and 47 minutes on the bonus DVD

To get your own copy of Midsomer Murders Set 15 just click on the Amazon link above.

Jan Barrett

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