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Mystery!; Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Series V: The Word Of God

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Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Series V: The Word Of God
Series Description

Premiered in 1980 -- offshoot of MASTERPIECE THEATRE. Showcase for the best of British drama in the mystery genre. Current producer, Rebecca Eaton. See individual episode titles for more information. Host: 1980: Gene Shalit; 1981-1989: Vincent Price; 1989-present: Diana Rigg Series release date: 1980

Program Description

Lynley and Havers are called to Smithfield's Market, where the body of a man has been found frozen inside a meat truck. The victim is carrying a forged British passport and a parchment covered in Arabic script. The conclusion is that he was an illegal immigrant, but was it an accidental death? The page turns out to be part of an immensely valuable ancient golden Koran, more than enough motive for murder.

The victim had also had one of his kidneys removed, and would have been gravely ill as the remaining one was badly diseased. Lynley is showing signs of strain. Predatory lawyer Christine Marshall is pressuring him to start an affair, while Helen has written to him wanting a divorce. It leads him to be far less patient and tactful than usual with DI Brennan of the Immigration Department, who also has an official interest in the case. Through him, the detectives trace the passport forger, and an expert at the British Museum gives a lead to a dealer in ancient Muslim manuscripts.

But as the case progresses and he discovers that the victim's wife Narima is pregnant, Lynley has to ask himself how much he is willing to risk in order to solve the case.



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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
Chicago: “Mystery!; Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Series V: The Word Of God,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 16, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_552237A8673A43D4995B4B89CEF878AE.
MLA: “Mystery!; Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Series V: The Word Of God.” WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 16, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_552237A8673A43D4995B4B89CEF878AE>.
APA: Mystery!; Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Series V: The Word Of God. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_552237A8673A43D4995B4B89CEF878AE
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