Dead Letters is the second episode of the ninth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired on 26th February 2006.


It is the first day of Oak Apple Week in Midsomer Barton when Marion Slade, a loner suffering from depression is found drowned. It looks like suicide, driven by grief for her dead daughter, a former carnival queen. DCI Barnaby and DC Jones investigate, but was it suicide or murder? During the investigation, Barnaby is astonished by the appearance of two villagers who look like murder victims from his past. When another body is found, it appears the festivities have stirred up a cocktail of adultery, unrequited love, and revenge in the village.


Barnaby and Jones investigate the death of Marian Slade who is found face down in a stream just a short walk from the Midsomer Barton village fête. Oddly, Barnaby encounters a woman and her son who bear a striking resemblance to a pair who were murdered nine years earlier. They soon discover another body, that of Slade's neighbor, Mark Castle. Both victims had been sedated with the same drug, leading to the conclusion that they were killed by the same person. The motive for the crime is related to the death of Slade's daughter Bella many years before and an abortion that everyone has kept secret all these years.



Body Count

Prior to the Episode

In the Episode

Supporting Cast

Episode Images


Midsomer Murders Series 9 Episode 2 - Dead Letters Preview

Midsomer Murders Series 9 Episode 2 - Dead Letters Preview


The following actors and actresses who appeared in this episode have appeared in other episodes

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.