When Hadleigh is found dead the following morning, brutally battered to death, the other members of the circle wish they had heeded his reluctance.Barnaby & Troy discover that Hadleigh was a man of mystery, with no National Insurance number, no relatives and no marriage certficate to match the wedding photo on display in his house.It's hard to believe that the couple, who married in 2012 following years of dating, would ever have been pushed to the point of splitting up.
The Portuguese au-pair of one of them is then murdered.
Barnaby manages to solve both the new murders and the old ones, though not before the murder of another person connected with it all.
Miles Anderson [ Guy Gamelin ], Diane Bull [ Heather Beavers ], Judy Cornwell [ May Cuttle ], Colin Farrell [ Ken Beavers ], Michael Feast [ Ian Craigie ], Stephen Moyer [ Christopher Wainwright ], Susan Tracy [ Felicity Gamelin ], Charles Kay [ Arno Gibbs ], Robert Pickavance [ William Carter ], Daniel Hart [ Tim Riley ], Tilly Blackwood [ Trixie Channing ], Anna Bolt [ Suhami/Sylvie Gamelin ], Mary Healey [ Mrs Cook ], Graham Turner [ Raymond Jennings ], Dolly Wells [ Ava Rokeby ], Ashley Artus [ Terry Lightfoot ], Caroline Lintott [ Researcher ], Jon Glover [ TV interviewer ], Geoffrey Beevers [ Newscaster ], Siobhan O'Carroll [ Waitress ] Joyce Barnaby, Cully Barnaby, Dr George Bullard One of the founders of a new-age commune, The Lodge of the Golden Wind Horse, dies in a fall down the stairs, apparently accidentally.
But when the other founder is mysteriously murdered in front of a roomful of people, the first death looks like it may have been deliberate too.
Barnaby & Troy visit George Meakham, the now-retired police officer who was in charge of the investigation of the earlier crimes, and who has since become obsessed with them.
The trail leads them to a local cigarette and tobacco company and two of its employees in particular.
He told Fabulous magazine: "Izzy so desperately wanted to be a mother and so as soon as we realised there was a problem, it took over her life." The Strictly 2011 winner continued: "The dynamic changed because all the focus was on getting pregnant and in a way I lost her a little bit. "Our wedding had been the happiest day of our lives – cut to a year later and she's in absolute despair.
I remember after two years thinking: ' God, we haven't even had a kid and already I'm sick of this.' It was constant but I felt I couldn't get frustrated at her." The couple, who sadly suffered a devastating miscarriage before turning to IVF, have bravely been very open about their struggles to conceive and going through IVF to conceive their first daughter.
Their investigation uncovers a web of sinister events, some long buried in the past.