Down Among the Dead Men is the fourth episode of the ninth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired on 12th March 2006.


When council clerk Martin Barrett is shot dead in his own cottage near Cadston Ridge, DCI Barnaby and DC Jones discover he was an expert blackmailer. As they investigate which of his victims hated him enough to kill him, the trail leads to Fennacombe Bay. Why are Richard and Margaret Florian spending so much time by the sea and could police committee chairman Sir John Waverley have a scandalous past? With the help of a policeman turned fisherman, Barnaby takes to the waves to find out.


DCI Barnaby and DC Johns investigate the murder of Martin Barrett, who was killed with a shotgun blast while he was standing in his kitchen. It doesn't take them long to realize that Barrett was a blackmailer with several of the local villagers under his thumb. They include the local pub keeper who didn't report a very valuable painting as part of his late father's estate thereby avoiding death taxes; a local businessman, Richard Florian, who may be involved in a bit of smuggling; and Sir John Waverley a prominent local citizen who also happens to be a member of the Police Board. What the police soon learn is that Barrett had a business associate, one who tells them that Barrett had one particularly lucrative blackmail target in his sights.



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Midsomer Murders Series 9 Episode 4 - Down Among the Dead Men Preview

Midsomer Murders Series 9 Episode 4 - Down Among the Dead Men Preview


  • When Tom and Joyce arrive at the shore in Fennacombe Bay, they reveal that Dr. Bullard and his wife Catherine have purchased a house in France and are going on holiday there the following week.

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

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