The Black Book is the second episode of the twelfth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired on 26th March 2009.


A newly discovered masterpiece by landscape artist Henry Hogson causes a stir when it is auctioned for £400,000 – just hours before its former owner is tortured and killed. When another Hogson is stolen, DCI Barnaby decides to become an expert on the Midsomer painter, with the help of art teacher Matilda Simms. He soon realises the paintings are not what they seem – but the death toll is rising.


DCI Barnaby and DS Jones investigate the murder of Felicity Law who had recently sold at auction a painting she found in her attic. The previously unknown work, 'Midsomer Meadow' by Henry Hogson who lived in Midsomer, went for an unbelievable £400,000 and was purchased by well-known collector George Arlington. Joyce Barnaby had worked to raise money for the local Hobson Society which wanted to purchase it but came nowhere near having the necessary amount, which didn't stop its chairperson, Patricia Blackshaw from overbidding in a desperate attempt to win the prize. After the sale, Felicity had announced that she was giving most of the money to Matilda Simms, who runs a local art school. Soon after Felicity's murder, another Hogson painting is stolen from the home of Alan Best, who was also outbid at the auction. The presence of an insurance investigator leads Barnaby to believe that art forgery is at the root of it all. Several will die however before the perpetrator is arrested.



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Midsomer Murders Series 12 Episode 2 - The Black Book Preview

Midsomer Murders Series 12 Episode 2 - The Black Book Preview


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

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