The Ruth Rendell Mysteries Season 5
S05 E01Sep 28, 1991
A New Lease of Death: Part One Sep 28, 1991 A local clergyman is anxious to re-open a thirty-year-old murder case, which resulted in Harry Painter being hanged for the axe-murder of an elderly woman. Wexford himself, as a young detective sergeant, helped to convict Painter, and he has to face the possibility that the wrong man was hanged.
S05 E02Oct 5, 1991
A New Lease of Death: Part Two Oct 5, 1991 Could Wexford have helped convict an innocent man who was then hanged? The daughter refuses to marry unless her father is cleared. Her fiance and his father pursue the truth though Wexford refuses to help.
S05 E03Oct 12, 1991
A New Lease of Death: Part Three Oct 12, 1991 Wexford is somewhat shaken by discoveries in the old murder case but remains convinced he got the right man. The final solution exposes the secret kept by the convicted murderer's widow.
S05 E04Oct 19, 1991
Murder Being Once Done: Part One Oct 19, 1991 Wexford is staying in London with his nephew Howard, a police superintendent, convalescing from over-work and under doctor's orders to drink only water. He is supposed to be resting, but he is bored, and his nephew is dealing with a fascinating murder case. The body of a young woman, Loveday Morgan, was found in Kenbourne Vale Cemetery, strangled with a silk scarf, and the only things in her handbag were a photograph and two telephone numbers. It appears that she had no money and was living under a false name. Wexford, keen to get out and about, is drawn to the case. His unofficial investigation uncovers a story of adoption and parental love.
S05 E05Oct 26, 1991
Murder Being Once Done: Part Two Oct 26, 1991
S05 E06Nov 3, 1991
Murder Being Once Done: Part Three Nov 3, 1991
S05 E07Nov 10, 1991
From Doon with Death: Part One Nov 10, 1991 Margaret Parsons, a fairly ordinary housewife who, with her water board official husband Ron, has recently moved to Kingsmarkham, is found murdered in a field. Mrs. Parsons led an extremely uneventful life, being a lay preacher, but Inspector Wexford is intrigued when he is looking through her belongings and fine a number of expensive antique books all inscribed 'From Doon to Minna'.Who is Doon?
S05 E08Nov 17, 1991
From Doon with Death: Part Two Nov 17, 1991 Although Mr. Parsons is under the impression that he and his wife knew nobody in Kingsmarkham it turns out that Margaret had two school acquaintances in the town, Helen Missal and Fabia Quadrant, who are now both married to very wealthy men. Wexford assumes that one of these men is Doon, and was having an affair with the victim, but appearances can be deceptive
S05 E09Nov 24, 1991
Means of Evil: Part One Nov 24, 1991 Inspector Wexford is confronted with a murder in a vegetarian family and wonders how many kinds of mushrooms there are.
S05 E10Dec 1, 1991
Means of Evil: Part Two Dec 1, 1991
S05 E11Dec 26, 1991
Achilles Heel Dec 26, 1991 When Wexford and Burden go on a holiday to France together with their wives, they meet an alluring English couple. Reg becomes transfixed by the wife, and is shocked when he gets back home to hear she has been kidnapped.