When the name of a soldier shot for cowardice after the Battle of the Somme appears on the war memorial at Midsomer Parva, a 90-year-old feud comes to a head. Soon after, a retired colonel is shot dead, and Barnaby and Jones discover dangerous secrets connecting two families.
The death of the maid of honour at an upper class wedding poses a challenge for Barnaby and Jones. These people are not used to having the police around asking a lot of silly questions. Barnaby has Cully's wedding to prepare for and things are not working out according to plan.
The owner of local country magazine Midsomer Life becomes a suspect when a man's body is discovered in woodland, and it is established the victim had been having an affair with his ex-wife. As Barnaby and Jones delve into the case, another murder forces them to reassess their inquiries.
A magician's assistant drops dead onstage, poisoned by the toxins from a tropical frog. While Barnaby and Jones begin their investigations, tempers flare in the local community between Ernest, a firm believer in a mystical cult, and his former friend Aloysius - whose background in the jungles of South America makes him the prime suspect for the murder.
Christmas is coming and Barnaby and Jones are dragged away from a hated team-building exercise to investigate an explosion at a haulage yard run by TA commanding officer Matt Parkes and his son James. James is ruthless in business and with women but is he capable of arson or murder? Calham Cross is also home to a peace protester, a grieving mother and a host of trained killers!
Two couples living on the edge of Barton Woods disappear, leaving the village abuzz with rumors of supernatural causes. According to a local priest, the woods are haunted by the ghosts of monks slaughtered there in the 16th century. As the body count rises, a local psychic offers his services much to Barnaby's chagrin.