The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries is a British detective television series adapted from nine of the Roderick Alleyn novels by Ngaio Marsh.
Alleyn travels to the far from sleepy village of Swevenings, where a man has been found bludgeoned to death by a stream. The dead man, an old soldier, was planning the publication of the war memoirs of his friend Sir Harold Lacklander, and Alleyn needs to find out who was most threatened by this. Apart from petty vendettas, he finds a femme fatale and a retired soldier whose main pastimes are whisky and archery.
A war of words breaks out on the Scottish island of Portacarrick after young Wally McNabb's warts appear to be cured by the waters of the Pixie Falls, a local spring with legendary powers. Miss Emily Pride is the lady laird of the island, while her rival Miss Elspeth Cost wants to turn Portnacarrick into a health centre to compete with Lourdes but is accused of crass commercialization of the village. Then someone tries to kill Miss Pride, bringing her old friend Alleyn to the island to investigate the murder attempt. He finds adultery and bitter sexual rivalry. Alleyn has just finished a secondment to the British Army, so he is glad of the trip to Scotland - and also the help of Agatha Troy, who is becoming more willing to take an interest in his affairs.
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