Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Inventive crimes, charming scenery, and notable guest stars have set Midsomer Murders apart from the crowd and won it legions of fans. Returning with another collection of mysteries from the fan favorite series, MIDSOMER MURDERS: County Case Files makes its DVD debut from Acorn TV on May 8, 2018. The DVD 8-Disc set features 15 feature-length mysteries from Series 16, 17 and 18; and bonus behind-the-scenes featurettes and interviews ($79.99, Amazon.com). Midsomer Murdersis also available on Acorn TV, North America’s most popular SVOD focused on British and international television.

The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in this hit British mystery series that has earned a worldwide following. In this collection of Series 16, 17, and 18—which includes the 100th episode of Midsomer Murders—DCI John Barnaby (Neil DudgeonLife of Riley) solves macabre crimes with the help of his new assistant, DS Charlie Nelson (Gwilym LeeJamestown).

Guest stars include Hayley Mills (The Parent Trap), Amanda Burton (The Commander)Joe Absolom (Doc Martin)Diana Quick (Brideshead Revisited)Helen Baxendale (Friends)Michael Jayston (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Sharon Small (The Inspector Lynley Mysteries), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey), Ann Eleanora Jorgenson (The Killing), Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Pitch Perfect 2), Claudie Blakley (Pride & Prejudice), Claire Bloom (The King’s Speech, Brideshead Revisited), Clarke Peters(The Wire, Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime), Andrew Lee Potts (Primeval), Deborah Findlay (Jane Eyre, Vanity Fair), Una Stubbs (Sherlock), Georgia Taylor (Law & Order: UK); Julia Sawalha (Lark Rise to Candleford)Malcolm Sinclair (Casino Royale), and Pip Torrens (The Crown, Poldark).

BONUS: Celebrating 100 Episodes (17 min.), an interview with Gwilym Lee (9 min.), behind-the-scenes featurette (57 min.), featurettes about the actors (9 min.), the magic tricks in Murder by Magic (8 min.), and photo galleries.

Street Date: May 8, 2018                  SRP: $79.99                                          Contains disturbing images
DVD 8-Disc Set: 15 episodes – Approx. 21.5 hours, plus bonus – SDH Subtitles – UPC 054961264599

My Thoughts

If you are a fan of Law & Order, you're going to love its British rural counterpart, "Midsomer Murders". In the county of Midsomer, things aren't always what they seem, and there is murder lurking behind many of the well trimmed hedges. The series, which was inspired by the novels by Caroline Graham, offers a selection of murder mysteries filled with intrigue and drama. Each episode stands on its own and offers its own unique and suspenseful story-line. The set is a special release that focuses specifically on county cases.  Here's a little about each one:

The Christmas Haunting -  We're introduced to new detective, Charlie Nelson. A stabbing takes place at a house that's supposed to be haunted, but the detectives know it isn't ghosts that have everyone spooked.

Let us Pray - A reverend finds a med-evil fresco in a crypt that's threatened to be washed away by a flood. Barnaby gets involved when bodies start showing up, murdered in fresco style. 

Wild Harvest - A wealthy farmer dies under mysterious circumstance and his death could be connected to a popular restaurant.

The Flying Club - When a man "falls" out of a plane, Barnaby and Nelson are called in to get to the bottom of things and discover that not everyone there is flying the straight and narrow.

The Killings at Copehagen - Barnaby heads to Copehnhagen to help out the Danish police when a local is poisoned on a  business trip. 

The Daggar Club - An illustrator for a popular book is murdered and the new manuscript has vanished.

Murder by Magic -  A local church is at odds with a group of pagans and someone dies when a magic trick goes horrible wrong.

The Ballad of Midsomer County -  The head of a festival is murdered and the team must figure out it was about money or something more personal

A Vintage Murder- A party at a local vineyard is sabotaged and a body shows up.

Habeas Corpus—There's a serial body snatcher on the loose who steals an old man's body before it even gets cold.
The Incident at Cooper Hill—A forest ranger dies and it's possible aliens are involved.

Breaking the Chain—A champion cyclist is murdered and his rivals are the top suspects.

A Dying Art—A wealthy collector's body is made part of his own art show.
Saints and Sinners—An archaeologist is buried alive right after an important discovery.
Harvest of Souls—A man dies after being trampled by a horse, but it may be "foal" play.

This is a great set with some of the best episodes in the series. If you want to get the advantage of a full set of amazing  stories that will leave you on the edge of your seat, than this is the box set for you. You can order Midsomer Murders set for only $79.99 at Acorn Media or online at Amazon.