Vera. She's ably assisted by a gang of dedicated cops, including DS Joe Ashworth, DC Rebecca "Shep" Shepherd and the put-upon and under-appreciated DC Kenny Lockhart. Also, there's a hunky new pathologist, Marcus Summer (who quickly catches Shep's eye). Set 4 includes 4 episodes that were originally broadcast in the spring of this year.
Episode one, On Harbour Street, draws the attention of the police more quickly than most cases. DS Ashworth is taking the train home with his young daughter Jessie when she becomes upset that an elderly lady is still sitting on the train when all the other passengers have gotten out. She goes to wake the lady, only to discover she's dead. It turns out that the lady in question, Margaret Kraszewski, has been stabbed. Margaret lived in an old boarding house by the seaside and spent most of her time working with the local women's shelter. An old photo of a young Margaret with some people from the village might hold the clue to her murder, but Vera's having a hard time tracking down all the players. When a skeleton is discovered buried on an island not far from the boarding house, it looks like there are lots of secrets to be discovered.
the stately Peyton House, it looks as though he might have been interrupted in the act of poaching -- especially when pellets of food used to attract wildlife are found near the body. Two teenage siblings, Saskia and Louis, find the body while 4-wheeling and immediately contact their mother, who works on the estate. In fact, most of their family is employed by the estate. Their grandfather is the gamekeeper and their aunt is married to the owner. The dead man, Shane Thurgood, is a local man who had moved away years ago but recently come back when he inherited some property from his grandfather. The mystery surrounding his death deepens when the burned out truck belonging to local ne'er-do-well Linus Campion is found not far from where the dead man was discovered. Are the two crimes connected? And why did Shane, who couldn't wait to leave the area, pull out of the sale of his grandfather's property -- a sale that would have solved his considerable financial problems?
It's great to see Vera up to her old self. She likes a drink and is forever using her motherly, unassuming manner to put suspects at ease. It was fun to see her frequently pulling food from her pockets and offering it to various people as she questions them. Poor Kenny still seems to get the majority of the grunt work and the least recognition for his work, but he carries on. I also enjoyed how the four episodes were tied together, with occasional references to things that had happened in previous episodes. I see that there is a fifth season of Vera in the works, so I'm happy that we'll get more time with her and her team (and hopefully, the hunky Dr. Summer!).
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Vera: Set 4 from Acorn Media in exchange for this review
Final Verdict for Vera: Set 4:
Four Gherkins, for being the welcome return of a dedicated officer who always gets her suspect
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