Posted: 08/15/2009


Inspector Lewis, Series II

by Del Harvey

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Inspector Lewis returns for a second series (season) as part of Masterpiece Mystery! Scheduled to run August 30 through October 18, this is a series that should satisfy any mystery lover.

Robert “Robbie” Lewis (Kevin Whately) used to be sidekick to the famous Inspector Morse, lead of another long-running BBC mystery series. Only now Morse is gone and Lewis is the older and hopefully wiser detective. His sidekick is the cool and cerebral DS Hathaway (Lawrence Fox, Room With A View) and their beat is the rough, ivy-covered beat of Oxford town and college.

The Inspector Lewis mysteries are the type of high quality faire we have come to know and enjoy from PBS’ Masterpiece Mystery! series, and this new season is much more entertaining than the previous. Check your local listings for showtimes, and be sure to program Inspector Lewis into your viewing schedule.
The new series includes seven intriguing 90-minute episodes. They are:

And The Moonbeams Kiss The Sea
Stolen rare books and the murders of a brilliant Oxford Fine Art student and a library maintenance engineer lead Lewis and Hathaway to a treatment center for gambling addicts and two talented painters.

Music To Die For
No-rules boxing, academia, and Cold War intrigue are the mud in which our heroes find themselves as they seek the murderer of a prominent Oxford Don. Consequences from the investigation hit surprisingly close to home for Lewis, leading to revelations about the pain he suffered following the death of his wife.

Life Born of Fire
A serial killer seems to be targeting a religious group known as “The Garden,” which claims to give guidance to lost souls. As Lewis learns more about the group and its true purpose, he begins to lose trust in Hathaway as he discovers his young sergeant has some fairly dangerous personal connections to the group.

The Great and the Good
When a teenage girl is assaulted, Lewis and Hathaway track down a possible suspect, only to discover he has a seemingly watertight alibi provided by three pillars of Oxford’s tight-knit community. But when the suspect is suddenly murdered, Lewis untangles a web of intrigue to expose the Oxford elite.

Allegory of Love
Literary whimsy becomes murderous reality with the death of a Czech barmaid. The scene of the crime yields two puzzling clues: a bloodstained note and a broken antique mirror. To find the killer, Lewis and Hathaway must uncover the hidden connections between the victim and a prominent Oxford professor, a literary society, and a book by Oxford’s hottest new author.

Quality of Mercy
A young actor is murdered during a student Shakespeare production, and Lewis and Hathaway sift through the motives provided by several suspects ranging from a jealous thespian to an Oxford dropout to a playgoer only too anxious to use his ticket stub as an alibi.

The Point of Vanishing
The murder of a small-time criminal leads Lewis and Hathaway to a prominent Oxford don-turned celebrity atheist, who years earlier had been the intended target of a botched murder attempt. Lewis and Hathaway try to find out if those isolated incidents are connected as they search for the killer.

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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