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Julie Enfield Investigates: Murder West One 14 May 2021

1999 police procedural, four short stories, by Nick Fisher. DSI Julie Enfield (played, as usual, by Imelda Staunton) investigates.

A Cure for Death

A murderous doctor? The plot progression is unusually obvious but it generally holds together. I'm not convinced that being trapped while the villain rants is particularly impressive as far as demonstrating one's mastery of police work is concerned…

The Art of the Matter

Art theft and an old school Essex gangster (Sean Barrett) who effortlessly steals the show. At least a bit of inventiveness this time, and it manages to break away a bit from the standard template.

Five Star Killing

Ah, those innocent days when Rohypnol had to be explained to the audience. Dead floozy behind a fancy hotel, lots of obstructionism, and a bit of gratuitous and largely out of character police brutality that's apparently supposed to make us feel better.

Soho Espresso

Harmless old shopkeeper in Soho gets murdered, and turns out to have been involved in lots of dodgy goings-on. (Back when there were dodgy goings-on in Soho.) Of course it's not that simple, even if the resolution (like most of them) won't be any surprise. The best of the batch.

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