Nothing is as it seems behind the well-trimmed hedges of the picturesque cottages in the idyllic English county of Midsomer. Beneath the tranquil surface of sleepy village life exist dark secrets, scandals and downright evil. John Nettles stars as the humorous, thoughtful and methodical Detective Chief Inspector Barnaby. D.S. Scott arrives from London the day after the Midsomer Mallow Residents' Association Spanish evening at the Village Hall. Before Scott can settle in he and Barnaby are already investigating a murder. The victim stormed out of the dance the night before after a row with her husband and is found wearing her Famenco dress, with a red rose in her mouth. Meanwhile Cully is organising a reunion with four of her old school friends that she hasn't seen for ten years.