The Dogleg Murders is the first episode of the twelfth series of the popular ITV crime drama Midsomer Murders and originally aired on 19th March 2009.


On the Midsomer Golf Club, Whiteoaks, a member is killed with a golf club. In the course of the investigation they discover Whiteoaks to be full of hatred, gambling, violence, jealousy and extortion.


DCI Barnaby and DS Jones investigate the murder of a golfer at the local Whiteoaks golf club. Alistair Kingslake was found in the woods just off the 13th green apparently clubbed to death with a 1 iron. Kingslake was not a very likable fellow, rude and obnoxious with everyone whether they be fellow club members or so-called village members who are allowed to play on the course one morning per week. The 13th hole is known as Crisp's Folly, a particularly difficult hole with a 90 degree dogleg that is also known as the hole where many years ago the club secretary's grandfather lost his house in a bet. There is also a public path across that fairway that has raised hackles in the past. On this particular day, Kingslake had been goading a member of his foursome, Jerry Drinkwater, into making particularly large bets and it was Drinkwater who went into the woods and found him dead. After a second member of the foursome is subsequently found dead in the same woods Barnaby takes a greater interest in the amount of gambling at the club and particularly the principal moneylender. In the end, the crime is solved when Barnaby determines what the dead men had in common.



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Midsomer Murders Series 12 Episode 1 - The Dogleg Murders Preview

Midsomer Murders Series 12 Episode 1 - The Dogleg Murders Preview


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

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