Season 10 | Episode 1 | Length 2 hours
Episode 1 – Blood Will Tell: DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the case of a murdered entrepreneur whose legacy of unpaid debts and ruined lives leaves no shortage of suspects.
Vera opened with one of those scenes that almost looked like a channel ident – man in various locations taking money out of tills to the chagrin of the regular employees. It was only when we saw him leaving the city for his country pad that it was obvious that we were right into the action. Two flashes seen from outside the house accompanied gun shots and when we finally saw inside the house there was the inevitable corpse bleeding out on the kitchen floor, Freddie Gill, who had a new luxury car but hadn’t paid his mortgage or leckie bill.
Everyone liked him, according to one acquaintance Mr Ali. Not everyone, obviously, rejoindered Vera.
Jade his ex wife was told Freddie had died at her father Arthur’s funeral. Get your lucky white heather here.
Jade’s mother seemed an early suspect because she was largely in control and tearless, unlike Jade. The look between mother and daughter suggested all was not what it seemed.
Eastgrove, a care home, provided information on another shooting victim. The nurse, Laura, who had cared for Jade’s dad had also been shot at Freddie’s home. Were both the intended victims, or just one? Was her husband Nathan now in the frame?
Mr Ali’s business was torched but he survived and gave a description of a stocky male assailant. Mr Ali was being held accountable for seventy grand borrowed by Freddie. Mr Ali’s two sons were different types, one studious and the older brother more forceful. Nathan had an alibi for this attack at least.
Freddie’s lawyer Forrest was questioned but had no alibi. Was his shock genuine or contrived?
Laura was then finally well enough to be interviewed and she threw Jade’s brother into the mix of suspects.
So, of course, Vera solved the conundrum with her usual aplomb. Who was it? You’ll have to watch to find out.