DI Humphrey Goodman has finally found love, or something close to it. But on the day that his sort-of girlfriend is due to arrive on Saint-Marie, he and his team are called to a dead body halfway up a volcano. An eminent volcanologist climbed there to check what the problem was with a remote quake detector – only to apparently die of an heart attack.
But Humphrey isn’t satisfied – the volcanologist climbed the volcano in the dark, only no torch was found on the body. But when every person with a motive was either locked into the research base or on a different island, and with no hint of the method of murder, can Humphrey find a murderer and have a successful date with his girlfriend?
Series Six of my favourite TV series kicked off on Thursday. You know, the series that the newspapers are ridiculously snotty about – according to the Times last Saturday, the only reason people watch it is for some sunshine in the winter. So not for the charming cast, the witty script, the clever plotting and being probably the only murder-mystery series on television that is a whodunit and isn’t a game of pin-the-tail-on-the-murderer (I’m looking at you, Midsomer Murders).
But, as with previous years, this is a little game that I play with series creator. Eight episodes, how many can I work out before the reveal? Well, it’s definitely 1-0 to Rob Thorogood, but…
… I’ll be honest, I’m a bit divided on the plot with this one. While the method for murder was ingenious, and the alibi was clever (I did work out that bit, generally), it did feel like the mechanics were worked out and then the identity of the killer was chosen to fit that method, because I didn’t really buy that bit. I have to be a little vague about that bit, as I can’t really go into my issues with it without spoilers, but it seemed that the impossibility defined the murderers rather than vice versa.
But regardless, it was a lot of fun, with plenty of added Don Warrington for bonus laughs. So while it might not have been the best mystery the show has done, it was still great to see it back on the television. Here’s to the next seven episodes!