Sep 26, Spuddie rated it it was amazing. A two-year-old rape case is brought back into focus when the rapist is released on a legal technicality. Not only are his victims put into an emotional tailspin, so are their families, the police officers involved and the community at large. A twisted and convoluted tale full of petty criminals, crooked cops, and nothing but lies and more lies in Stansfield and Malworth, where the crimes were committed. DI Judy Hill firmly believes that Colin Drummond was guilty, but new evidence keeps coming to light that put doubt into the minds of some of her co-workers, including DCI Lloyd.
Judy is formally removed from the case by their new Chief, who's a misogynistic throwback--but actually the only real "case" is a pending lawsuit filed by Drummond claiming the police set him up, and also beat him savagely. She's assigned to work on a series of burglaries, that coincidentally involve some of the same players in the rape cases. As Lloyd, Hill and their officers try to cut through the layers of deception, the real story begins to unfold, backtrack, unfold some more until finally it becomes clear.
I have to admit I hadn't a clue til very close to the end. I vacillated back and forth between several scenarios, none of which happened to be right. First time in awhile that's happened! Another enjoyable read in this series which as often happens, started slow and became un-putdownable towards the end. Sep 05, Eunira rated it really liked it. This is the eight book in the Lloyd and Judy Hill series and the second I've read. These books are hard to come by here in Brazil. Having a little knowledge of the English legal sector myself, I found the court scenes convincing but wanted McGown to go on, to get to the real story.
When she does, it is worth the wait. This book keeps you guessing until the very end, and like all good British procedurals, has two or three story strands that come together at the end. In this case there is a freed This is the eight book in the Lloyd and Judy Hill series and the second I've read.
In this case there is a freed rapist that got out of jail on a technicality and we know it won't be long before he rapes again. There is a very likeable pimp that appears to be doing some double-dealings, a murder and a string of burglaries. We have more suspects for the rapes and burglaries than we know what to do with - and lo and behold - one of the suspects for the murder is Judy herself.
Judy and Lloyd's relationship advances to another level in this book, and it's probably about time too. Aug 21, Jill Hutchinson rated it liked it. I have read several of the books in this series about fellow police officers and life partners, Lloyd and Hill and am always rather amazed at the complexity of the stories. And this is no exception Now he is back on the streets and filing an official complaint against Hill for setting him up.
Sound simple? Lloyd has many theories, as he always does, but none seem to lead to the guilty party or parties until Not one of my favorite in the series but still an enjoyable police procedural. Oct 31, Deane rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery. Another great story in the Lloyd and Hill series Love the humourous interaction between Lloyd and Hill Judy can be quite aloof and not into 'romance' as such Some of the scenes in this book were much more graphic than I like but any description of rape brings horrible images to my mind. I suppose by th Another great story in the Lloyd and Hill series I suppose by these scenes, McGown makes us despise the rapist with a passion and we are so relieved when he is caught.
Feb 21, Boots S rated it it was ok. Colin Drummond is accused of rape and is on trial. He has confessed to Detective July Hill of the rapes of three women, but her notes were barred from the trial. He has now pleaded Not Guilty. Witnesses are questioned, he is convicted, spends 2 years in jail, when his attorney finds fault with some of the trial. Drummond is released and threatens that Judy will be next. Many red herrings are thrown into the story and it becomes confusing. Then Drummond is murdered. Judy Hill is suspected of the crime. Dec 07, Kirsty Darbyshire rated it liked it Shelves: paperback.
Jan 08, Carolyn in SC CD rated it really liked it Shelves: a-favorite-writer , set-in-the-uk , in-a-series-that-i-enjoy. Another excellent addition to this series. Meanwhile, a boxing trainer apparently commits suicide. Sam is not convinced however and with the assistance of a ballistics expert, obtains the evidence to prove the suicide was actually murder.
She also learns the reason for Kevin Sharma getting into a bare-knuckles fight and now suspects that Terence Cross' hit and run may not have been an accident. Sam's sister Wyn continues to have difficulty coping following the death of their mother. Catherine Morshead. When he dies the night after his birthday party no one thinks anything of it but his parents donate his remains to scientific study.
When Sam and Trevor start an examination of the remains, they notice needle marks and suspect his death may not have been straightforward. Their suspicions are confirmed when the toxicology reports indicate an extremely high level of morphine. He too dies suddenly and when the police learn that he and Evans had the same physician, they begin to suspect doctor-assisted suicide. The police make an arrest but soon realize they have the wrong person in custody when a crucial piece of evidence is uncovered.
Sam discovers the true identity of the person behind the deaths but rather than tell the police, she decides to let him turn himself in.
Unfortunately, this leads to a tragic result. In her personal life, Sam and Peter Ross renew their long-ago romance. Helen Mathews is found strangled on the street. In the course of the investigation, the police learn that she was having an affair with Alan Whyte, a flying instructor working for her husband Michael.
From the evidence, it appears that she was about to leave her husband and move to Canada. The police uncover a similar case from several years earlier with a striking resemblance to this case and are convinced that the two must be connected. Friction again develops between Sam and the police when her forensic analysis demonstrates that the two cases have no connection whatsoever.
Sam continues to fret over her decisions in her last case and her personal relationship with Peter Ross reaches a breaking point. With a second murder on their hands, the police make an arrest in the case. Sam however uncovers some very peculiar bruising on both victims that provides the police with the evidence they need to identify the person responsible. Sam's life is put at risk however when the murderer threatens her. Wyn Ryan, who has been living with Sam since their mother's death, has found a job and is now looking to move on. Sam and Peter continue to struggle with their relationship but are determined to make a go of it.
When year-old Millicent Lockwood is found brutally beaten to death in a local park, the police immediately focus on a local who was seen arguing with her a short time earlier. The autopsy reveals little evidence but Sam once again refuses to make the evidence they have fit the suspect, which leads to an inevitable clash with the police. She also sees two youths, Kelvin Price and Ben Quayle, act out part of the murder. The police, however, are pursuing other lines of inquiry and do not have the time, nor the inclination, to pursue Sam's theories. She then sets off on her own investigation, convinced that Kelvin and Ben are the murderers.
She is also concerned that one of the boys may do himself harm after a third boy, who was only peripherally involved, hangs himself. The police are concerned that her involvement may actually taint some of the evidence they have and an angry DCI Peter Ross informs her that he has filed a formal complaint with the Coroner and the Chief Constable over her conduct. This obviously affects their professional and personal relationship.
Sam is shaken when she has to look into the death of a very dear friend, Dr. Annabelle Evans, a Cambridge professor. She was found in her home, badly beaten in what appears to be a botched burglary attempt. The police immediately focus on the husband as the likely killer but Sam suspects that an altercation at a local restaurant during the May Ball, where a waiter spilled wine on Annabelle and was fired on the spot, may provide another suspect.
Sam is intrigued by the relationship some of her students may have had with Annabelle, particularly when she learns her friend may have had a lover. In her personal life, Sam has moved on. Her sister Wyn has relocated to Ireland and Peter Ross has also been transferred.
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She does however run into an old friend who also happens to be an acquaintance of her business partner Trevor. Gwyneth Hughes. Gemma Boyd, an attractive year-old, is found dead at the bottom of a staircase. Although the cause of death was a broken neck, there is little to indicate whether she fell or was pushed. She was found in a vacant house that her estate agent mother and stepfather were selling. The autopsy reveals that Gemma had already had a child and was pregnant. The police think that Gemma's boyfriend is their man but when someone else is revealed as the father in the latest pregnancy, Sam thinks there is a far more complex set of relationships at play.
Meanwhile, Sam's sister Wyn visits from Ireland with big news: she is going to get married. Sam's relationship with James however takes an unfortunate turn and seems to come to an end. Sam looks into the death of Maggie Collins who died of a heroin overdose. Sadly, her body was not discovered for several days and in that time, her infant daughter died of dehydration. Soon after Maggie's death Stephen Jackson, a small-time dealer and addict, is killed in an explosion in his home.
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The autopsy reveals that both of them died of overdoses from the same batch of heroin and Sam begins to doubt that their deaths were accidental. When another small-time dealer is killed, the police think they have either vigilantes or a turf war on their hands. What they have is something far more complex that involves one of their own.
When Philip Nelson is killed in a farm accident, the pathologists conclude they have a straightforward case of man vs. Sam makes an error however and soon finds evidence that points to murder. The police suspect his handyman, all the more so when they discover he was having an affair with Nelson's wife. When the murders continue however, Sam uncovers evidence that connect at least some of the men to events in Northern Ireland when they served in the army together many years before.
Sam is more than a little surprised when Charlie, an old friend, sounds her out about taking up a new Chair in Forensic Pathology at London University. DI Michael Connor and his wife take a stab at a reconciliation but he finds it difficult to forgive her infidelity and realizes he has feelings for Sam. Now installed in London as a Professor at the university, Sam is called to assist when a helicopter carrying 16 men crashes in the North Sea en route to a drilling platform.
The pilot's body is recovered and the autopsy reveals he suffered a heart attack between the time he sent a distress signal and the time the helicopter crashed. When Sam discovers the pilot had recently postponed his annual medical check-up, she suspects there is more to this than meets the eye. In completing the autopsies on the recovered bodies, it seems that the aircraft may have suffered a catastrophic failure.
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What she does not realize is she is not only going up against organized crime, but coppers who've acted as judge, jury and executioner. Sam manages to identify all but one of the 12 victims, body As she gathers more information, including the use of a facial reconstruction, she comes to believe that body 10 is in fact someone who was supposed to have been killed years before and for which Chris Caldwell was convicted of murder. Sam becomes attracted to Caldwell and manages to get him set free, but when others are subsequently murdered, Connor does not believe Caldwell is quite as innocent as Sam believes.
When twin brothers Jake and Henry Davies are found dead in their home, the police initially suspect robbery, as the elderly gentlemen were known to keep large sums of cash in the house. The autopsy reveals murder however and Sam determines that skin grafts both men have on their arms may have been a crude form of plastic surgery meant to cover tattoos of concentration camp numbers. Thinking they are now dealing with a hate crime, the police focus on Carl Martin, a known race-hater.
What they have however is a case of someone seeking revenge for the atrocities committed long ago. When the naked body of a young woman is found in the snow at a Norwegian ski resort, Sam is asked to represent the Townsend family whose daughter Ruth disappeared there several weeks before. The autopsy however reveals that it is in fact the body of Louise Hutton who had vanished there some 15 years previously.
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When Ruth's body is found, it appears both girls were strangled in a similar fashion. The police focus their enquiries on Ruth's boyfriend and on Henry Hutton, Louise's uncle while Sam seeks the advice of a university colleague and tries to draw a profile of the serial killer. Paul Unwin. Sam becomes under great stress when she learns that she may have a tumour.
As a result, she starts to question her judgment when she misses a possible explanation in determining the time of death in the case of Lloyd Dupen's wife, an apparent suicide. She's not convinced however that everything is above board and agrees to undertake a second autopsy at the request of the dead woman's mother. When she is asked by local reverend Bishop Craig to perform an autopsy on the remains of Sister Constance, a beatified nun who died forty years ago and is under consideration for canonization, the results of the autopsy affect the religious order as well as many of those in the community who see the commercial advantages of having a local saint.
Sam assists the police in the investigation of a multi-vehicle collision that results in the death of eleven people. She is joined by two new colleagues: Dr. Leo Dalton, an experienced pathologist from Sheffield, and Dr. Harry Cunningham, a new trainee pathologist who has just graduated from university. As they try to determine the cause of the accident, they find a severed arm that does not belong to any of the victims. They also have to deal with DCI Carol Deacon, whose role in the investigation appears to be not quite crystal clear to them.
The mystery of the severed arm is soon cleared up when the police discover a body floating in a local river with only one arm. Sam decides to conduct her own investigation with little help from the police; however, DCI Deacon soon reveals to Harry that two of the men in the accident were undercover policemen, and realising that Sam is being manipulated, asks her to stay away.
The police refuse to inform them of all the details, and soon, Sam's interference has serious consequences. Harry continues to try to find a balance between detachment and compassion as one of the survivors of the crash seeks his assistance. The police investigate an apparent break-in that resulted in the death of businessman Derek Irons, his wife and youngest daughter. Two older children survive the attack, but one is in a serious condition and the other in a coma. Sam soon discovers that Irons was a ruthless businessman who targeted his rivals' customers resulting in regular confrontations.
When Harry and Leo perform the post mortems on the three bodies, they discover that Irons was stabbed, but his wife and daughter were shot. Sam is soon reunited with an old friend from Northern Ireland, Det. Tony Ashton, who becomes the senior investigative officer on the case. As the police continue their investigation into the deaths, they begin to believe that he may have been killed elsewhere, and then transported to his home. When one of the two surviving children is murdered, Ashton looks to a circle of friends and family for a possible motive.
Meanwhile, Harry assists the police with the death of an old woman who is believed to have fallen down a staircase, however, his post-mortem reveals evidence that is not consistent with a fall. As the police investigate further, they soon discover a link between her death and the Irons family murders. John Duthie. When a decomposed body is found hidden in the wall of an old factory building, Sam comes to the conclusion that he was murdered. He is eventually identified by his ex-girlfriend Selina Thomson as Marcus Saul, a man who had simply disappeared one day some seven years earlier.
The police soon have a suspect in mind, however, new information suggests that the identity of the killer may lie in a completely different direction. Meanwhile, at the university, Leo is asked by the Dean to investigate a break in on campus, which resulted in a large amount of drugs being stolen. Hours later, a student is found dead after suffering a drug overdose, and the university must face the wrath of the girl's father, a major benefactor. When Leo performs the autopsy, it reveals that not only had she taken drugs, but also that she had sexual relations with three different men in the last 48 hours.
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The police soon establish a link between Villiers' murder and the murder of student Michael Haughty, who was found murdered in the same place just months before. With no link between the two killings, the police come to believe that they may have a serial killer on their hands. When a second police probationer officer is found dead, Sam concludes that they may be dealing with a copycat killer, rather than a serial killer.
The police begin to believe that a fellow probation officer may have been responsible for the murders, however, it appears that the commandant, whose son is a trainee student, is covering up the deaths to keep the reputation of the college protected. In a separate case, Harry is approached by the wife of an old university friend who asks him to perform a post-mortem on her husband, who supposedly died in a fall.
However, he finds that the man was injecting himself with drugs regularly and that his wife was the one who was prescribing them to him. Dusty Hughes. When a suspected terrorist attack causes an explosion at a hotel, the death of a highly respected government minister appears to be the key to the motive behind the attack.
However, Sam soon discovers that an old acquaintance of hers was also at the scene, and as she delves deeper into the case, has to deal with her attempted rape, which occurred earlier that evening. Determined to get to the bottom of the minister's death, she conducts a second autopsy, but her findings are soon undermined by an independent pathologist, who appears to have a stronger link to the case than meets the eye. To make matters worse, the investigation team threaten to strike Sam off if she supports a dead woman's family at an inquest.
Sam comes under intense scrutiny during an official inquiry into the deaths of two brothers while they were in prison. Her findings are soon challenged by Leo, who is brought in by the Crown to perform a second autopsy. Meanwhile, a series of murders that are taking place cast suspicion heavily on a suspect who has recently been released from prison. Sam soon comes to believe that someone is stalking her, and the police have trouble locating the ex-convict. When a sports agent is found dead, the police suspect suicide. However, Sam is not convinced, and when the post-mortem reveals that she was in the early stages of pregnancy, and that she had severe bruising to her arms, signs of a sexual assault appear to convince Sam otherwise.
Matters are complicated further, however, when a client that she was having an affair with is also found dead. Tests reveal the father of her baby is Caucasian, which rule out her client, but appears to implicate her husband for the murder, despite his alibi. However, Sam is soon sidelined from the investigation following a disagreement with DI Jayne Hurst, and Harry's efforts to determine the time of death prove unreliable. Sam, Leo and Harry are alarmed when the home office assign them to re-examine the work of independent pathologist Peter Sachs. Although Sam and Leo suspect Sachs is acting suspiciously, Harry refuses to believe that he is in the wrong.
Sam discovers that Sachs has been using a new method of determining time of death, and against her better judgement, uses Sachs in order to provide evidence to determine the time of death of Eddie Doyle, who was murdered due to being a witness to Craig Proctor's murder. When the bodies of two men are exposed during a landslide in Ireland, Sam is forced to make a long overdue painful journey home. The subsequent investigation suggests the pair died during the sectarian violence of the s.
However, a secret closer to home soon comes to light. The investigation reveals evidence of RUC corruption, and Sam is soon startled when the evidence points to the involvement of a member of her own family. As the police pull out all the stops to track down the killers, Sam makes an announcement that stuns her colleagues. Leo and Harry's professional rivalry erupts following Sam's departure. They find themselves dealing with the case of several children living on the coast who have experienced unexplained breathing difficulties, leaving one boy, Paul, dead.
While Harry believes that the case is simply nothing more than mass hysteria, Leo suspects something more sinister. Meanwhile, a man, Nick Garner, is found dead in his car with a stab wound to the chest. When a link between the stab victim and the ill children begins to emerge, Leo becomes determined to discover who is responsible before any more fatalities occur.
However, it may be too late, as a baby, Ella, dies after being refused hospital care. Harry discovers the truth behind Nick Garner's death, and Leo realises that a boatyard may hold the key to the children's symptoms. Richard Holland. After being promoted into the Professor's position, Leo is surprised to be united with Dr.
Nikki Alexander. Nikki, a pathologist whose expertise lies in solving Iron Age mysteries with modern day techniques, finds herself covering new ground when she ends up bringing her expertise to bear on a modern murder. The case in question is the death of a jockey crushed by his mount during a race. Harry and Leo suspect it was simply an accident. However, when two of the horses' owners are killed in a helicopter crash, evidence emerges that both the horse and the pilot were drugged. Harry and Leo suspect syndicate member Matt Gibb was responsible for the deaths of his co-owners and the jockey, and Nikki's skills help expose the cracks in his story.
Gibb confesses to drugging the horse but denies any involvement in the helicopter crash, leaving the pathologists divided over whether to believe him. Douglas Mackinnon. The team are approached by the survivors of a major train crash, which resulted in the death of twenty-one people.
Looking for answers as to who and what caused the crash, they ask Leo, Nikki and Harry to attempt to identify 'Body 21', one of the twenty-one victims who has yet to have been named. However, determined to investigate the actual cause of the crash by using backdoor methods, Leo begins to uncover a tangled web of lies.
He begins to suspect that Army Major Mark Wiltshire is involved, after his stolen Landrover is what is known to be the cause of the crash, but an alibi places him in the mess hall at the time of the incident. Working with the survivor's group, the team attempt to re-create the layout of the train prior to the crash occurring. The investigation delves deeper when one of the surviving passengers commits suicide.
Harry and Leo soon discover that the identification of the last victim could lead to revealing the cause of the crash, and that the solution lies on discovering an unknown romantic affair and a marital betrayal. Meanwhile, Nikki is called out to a river when the bodies of two unidentified women are discovered, both shot in an execution-style.
Upon his arrival in Sheffield, Leo is greeted with awful news and, haunted by the deaths of his wife and daughter, he goes on a quest to find the man responsible. Harry and Nikki attempt to counsel him as the police infiltrate a gang of identity fraudsters, but when he finally catches up with the enemy, he faces a difficult choice between exacting revenge or following legal procedures. The team are called to the scene of a drive-by shooting, where they are joined by detectives from Operation Trident investigating a turf war between drug gangs. The case proves less clear-cut than expected when evidence emerges that someone returned fire.
With a second shoot-out imminent, the team face a race against time to track down the elusive gunsmith before he can arm both factions for the confrontation. Harry follows up a lead, but finds himself in a dangerous situation, and Nikki continues to investigate Lisa's death. The team pursue a serial killer with a grisly desire to look at his victims' faces as they die, and the trail leads into the world of academic philosophy.
However, Nikki is distracted from the case by the death of her grandmother, while Harry investigates the demise of a woman who apparently drowned in three inches of water. Meanwhile, Harry delves into the death of the drowning victim, discovering that her demise was the result of a cruel twist of fate. Leo is called to investigate the suicide of Kevin Perry, a mental patient from the January House private care home, who has recently been released after his course of treatment ended.
Fellow patient David Nicholson is also on the warpath, stabbing three innocent victims in his latest psychotic episode, killing two, before he is captured by police. Meanwhile, Harry is tasked with investigating the suspected suicide of seventeen-year-old Nazim Theara, who reportedly jumped in front of a train for no apparent reason. When the doctor treating both Perry and Nicholson, Dr. Sanders, fails to explain why the pair carried out such actions, Nikki and Leo are forced to dig deeper, and discover that someone has been tampering with the patient's medication.
But when the doctor in question decides to attempt suicide, Nikki becomes convinced that he was the one responsible, causing their conditions to remain uncontrollable. As Harry continues his investigation, against the girl's adamant mother, who is positive she did not kill herself, he discovers that the girl had taken the same cocktail of anti-depressants taken by suicide victim Kevin Perry - and the lead soon becomes linked to a dodgy online pharmacy.
Four bodies are found in the Thames after a boat full of illegal immigrants founders. Realising they are dealing with a people-trafficking operation gone disastrously wrong, Leo, Harry and Nikki set out to discover if there are any survivors - or any other deaths - while also delving into the victims' past. The team soon manages to identify the four bodies and discover two of them were a couple fleeing China because they wished to have a second child. Nikki realises their six-year-old daughter was also on the boat and may still be alive. Meanwhile, the detectives close in on the gang running the people-trafficking operation.
The team members find themselves under pressure whilst working a number of parallel cases. Harry is called out to a council estate in which a sixteen-year-old boy has been killed in a hit-and-run, Leo investigates the cause of a fire that left a housewife dead and Nikki is called out when a bride-to-be collapses and dies on her hen night. Harry discovers that the car that killed the young boy has a custom paint job, linked to only a small number of cars in the country - but before he can inform the investigating officer, she is killed after being hit by a bus.
Meanwhile, Nikki assists the detective looking into the house fire in a separate case in which an office prank has proved fatal, Leo investigates the death of a dentist whose body was found on a night bus and Harry discovers a link between the apparent suicide of a high-profile footballer and the death of the young boy. Harry's burgeoning relationship with Nikki is jeopardised when his ex-girlfriend Penny is killed in a car crash. It looks like suicide at first glance, but DCI Lauren Ambrose uncovers evidence that the victim may have had an affair - as well as a secret child.
Meanwhile, Leo examines the staged death of a conceptual artist, Jimmy Triangle. With Harry determined to find Penny's killer, he and Nikki are pushed further apart when he forces her to re-examine Penny's body. Leo is puzzled by more contrary clues in Triangle's bizarre death - and soon becomes convinced that someone is playing a twisted game. When Leo is called to investigate the apparent suicide of year-old Alison Garland, it evokes painful memories of his daughter's death.
But with the help of the school's child psychologist, he realises the girl was murdered. The case is soon linked to another incident in which a car salesman, Chris Duncan, was killed with the same knife. When the deputy headteacher of the school is also found dead, Leo realises that the killings are connected to a sinister teenage pact. Meanwhile, Nikki investigates the death of an elderly victim, who appears to have died of as the result of injuries she sustained to her head and legs - but she soon believes that there is more to the situation than meets the eye.
A teenage girl is found tortured to death in a London dogs' home, and an office employee at one of the world's largest animal experimentation facilities is found dead in her flat. It soon emerges another woman is being held hostage by the culprits, who turn out to be the owners of the facility itself, who have kidnapped a violent team of animal activists who were seeking to raid one of the experimentation facility buildings. However, the case becomes much more complicated when Nikki is kidnapped by the activist's group leader. Harry faces a race against time to find her captors, who are based deep inside the woods.
Meanwhile, Leo's best friend Lionel is forced to partake in a hearing against his conduct, and Leo must decide whether to follow his conscience at the expense of his best friend's livelihood. Stephen Davis. Harry and Nikki are called to investigate when an RAF helicopter crashes into a detention centre for failed asylum seekers, shortly after appearing at a nearby airshow, which both Harry and Nikki were attending. When it appears that the military are trying to hush up the incident, they each open their own investigations to prove that the pilot was not at fault for the crash, and to identify a mysterious girl who fled the site amid the carnage, taking Nikki's handbag with her.
With Harry's attempts to prove the pilot innocent bordering on obsession, the father of the deceased asks him to perform an independent autopsy, which reveals that at the time of his death, he was taking medication for anxiety, which was brought on by the fact he believed that the aircraft was not safe to operate.
Meanwhile, Nikki identifies the detention centre victim, but realises that by doing so, she may have put his daughter in danger with his long list of dangerous enemies. The discovery of the mutilated body of a young African boy in a river forces Leo to face a ghost from his past - the death of his own daughter, Cassie. Questions are raised as to whether the victim was murdered in a ritual killing, and evidence points the team in the direction of a nearby church - however, Leo has other ideas, and suspects that the murders may be related to a local African cult group, operating from a warehouse unit in central London.
Meanwhile, Nikki investigates the suspicious death of a priest from a local Catholic boys' school, Father Reed, who appears to have been taking drugs for depression at the time of his death. Looking for evidence at the scene of the mutilated child's body, Harry and Leo discover the badly decomposed body of another young African boy, which continues to spark disagreements between them, resulting in accusations of racial bias dogging their attempts to solve the case.
Meanwhile, the body of another man linked to the priest's murder gives Nikki more leads to follow up, and leads her on a trail of revenge, death and confusion amongst the school. Diarmuid Lawrence. An accident involving a lorry and a funeral procession results in the bizarre discovery of two bodies inside a coffin - that of the deceased, Ethel Mortimer, and an unknown young man who suffered from a coke addiction.
Meanwhile, Leo and Nikki's suspicions are aroused during a post mortem on a child, Ellie Harris, who died during a high-risk operation. When the second body is identified as Jamie Featherstone, the boyfriend of nurse Claire Kizowski, both investigations lead the detectives to a surgeon, Alice Huston, who appears to have a high rate of fatality amongst her patients.
Investigating the possibility that someone on Huston's team is responsible for Jamie's death, Nikki is viciously attacked when she goes to meet Claire in the hospital basement. As she struggles to remember who attacked her, Harry works hard to discover just what happened to Jamie on the night of his death, and looks into Huston's case files, only to discover that she is being sued by the parents of a deceased patient - Sam Reid.
However, when Harry discovers that Reid's death was down to Huston's registrar, who is also discovered to be an impostor, he soon realises that he may have worked out who is responsible for Jamie's death. A horrific car crash poses troubling questions for Nikki when she discovers that one of the two victims was the recently released Anna Holland, an accomplice to a particularly brutal murder whom she helped escape a life sentence four years earlier, by providing evidence for the defence. As it appears she was stabbed before her death, the police attempt to discover who knew the location of the safe house in which she was staying - and who had a strong enough grudge to want her dead.
As the investigation progresses, Nikki re-interviews key witnesses from the original case, and begins to doubt her earlier conclusions. As she prepares to publicly concede that she could have been wrong about Anna's innocence, Leo urges her not to throw her career away while there is still uncertainty - however, her father puts a spanner in the works when he sells Nikki's story to the papers, in order to secure money to clear his debt. Meanwhile, Harry tries to identify two bodies found buried in the garden of a house, and allotment, owned by a retired Spanish couple.
However, he soon discovers that they are connected to his colleague's troubling case, which may or may not provide the ammunition to either clear or implicate Anna in murder. Nikki investigates the discovery of human bones on a former Travellers' site and realises they could be the remains of a senior police officer's missing teenage daughter, Clara Young. However, her forensic analysis raises even greater questions, when she discovers that she has found the remains of two bodies - which casts doubt on the guilt of the chief suspect.
Meanwhile, Harry is assigned to an insurance case that takes a peculiar twist, when it is revealed that the victim may have died of CJD, contracted through a blood transfusion operation in India. When the main suspect in the investigation into the human remains is murdered, Nikki feels she is being shut out of the case and is left unsure who to trust. However, her lone enquiries bring her into greater danger, when she discovers that someone close to the Travellers may be responsible for the killings. Meanwhile, Harry learns he has been deceived, and believes he has no option but to pursue the truth alone, in an attempt to get justice for the victims of the scam.
Timothy Prager. Keenan is finally caught for statutory rape of the young girl that was murdered, when they test DNA against the child that she was carrying when she was murdered. However, the gang life goes on without Keenan, when the next leader is seen recruiting a young boy into the group. Things become muddled when Harry sees the Detective Superintendent investigating the murder entering Holly's home after he visited her just a few minutes earlier. She is later found dead in her bed.
An armed police raid at a terraced house in North London sees two suspected terrorists killed, along with a police officer. Nikki doubts the officers' accounts of events after carrying out the post mortems, as the forensic evidence just does not add up. The case then takes an unexpected turn when it transpires one of the surviving policemen is having an affair with his dead colleague's wife.
Nikki and Harry form a bond as they search for the truth, but accusations fly and paranoia is heightened when another terror suspect dies in hospital. Meanwhile, Harry uses cutting-edge techniques to uncover the identity of one of the suspected terrorists, and soon discovers, much to his surprise, that she was a police officer, working undercover for the drug squad. When the body of a member of the Jewish Hasidic community, Yitshok Hassam, is discovered, the team agree to perform a 'dry' post mortem on the victim to respect the wishes of his faith.
Connections with the original Columbo series were made obvious: the glaring presence of Columbo's car in the driveway, Dog, and Mrs. Columbo emptying ashtrays containing the famous green cigar butts—all featured in the show's opening sequence. References were also made to Kate's husband being a police lieutenant. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the television series. For the Sri Lankan city, see Colombo. For other uses, see Columbo disambiguation. Main article: List of Columbo episodes. See also: Columbo character. See also: List of Columbo episodes.
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