Steven Parnell, who was accused of murdering a number young girls the previous summer, is killed while in prison awaiting trial. Morse had not been involved in the case as he was on leave during most of that investigation. What piques Morse's interest is that one of the victims, Karen Anderson, was never found and it is assumed that her body was dumped in a nearby lake but Parnell confessed to his priest on his deathbed that he wasn't responsible for that particular murder. When one of the witnesses in the case, George Daly, is murdered, Morse and Lewis try to find some connection to Anderson's disappearance. They also wonder why Anderson's camera - she was an avid photographer - wasn't found. What they come across is a group of middle-aged men whose hobby is taking so-called glamour photos. The case takes an interesting twist when the body they do find in the woods isn't Anderson's, but a middle-aged male. Morse realizes that he got the whole thing wrong and the cause of the murder ...
Did You Know?
Rudyard Kipling is referenced twice. The title of the episode, "The Way Through the Woods," is the title of a Kipling poem. Also, the Kipling poem "If" is qouted touchingly by Lewis: "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same." And it indeed appears above the players entrance to Center Court at Wimbledon, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. See more
When Morse asks to borrow a book from her bookshop, Claire Osborne comments that "this isn't the Bodleian". But, the Bodleian Library is in fact not a lending library, and all books there must be read only on the premises. See more
Dr. Laura Hobson, pathologist
[Meeting Morse for the first time
Do you know where I might find a Detective Chief Inspector... looks like "Mouse"?
Chief Inspector Morse
Morse. Detective Chief Inspector Morse.
String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10
excerpts from 1st and 3rd movements
composed by Claude Debussy See more